London Film Festival 2017: Catch them first

You can’t start Christmas festivities until Halloween is out the way. But when can you start the Halloween fun? For me it’s after the preceding major event is done, and that’s London Film Festival. The 2017 edition is almost upon us; some of you may not have selected your cinematic gifts, whether for your nearest…

The definitive ranking of Christopher Nolan’s films

You’ve read the rest; now read the best. With the release of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 10th feature film, this is the perfect time for a look back through, and indeed a ranking of his work up until now. He is the most popular director of his generation amongst cinema-goers, with his signature style and frequently flexible…

Sundance 2017: Preview

For so many films, the journey begins here. The preparation has been done, the music tweaked, that shot of a neanderthal reality star being inaugurated as President removed because it’s too damn unrealistic. The film is ready for Sundance. But are you ready for the Sundance films? You will be, once you’ve read this preview, featuring…

La La Land Review

What separates a high-quality, enjoyable film from a cinema classic, etched in the public consciousness? Star performances? An unforgettable soundtrack? Resounding, colourful images? This question is a timely one, as La La Land has all three & much, much more; the level of chatter it has created amongst regular and casual movie-goers alike suggests it is…

Top 5: #BFIBlackStar performances

What is your favourite performance by a black actor? This is the question posed by the BFI & Independent Cinema Office ahead of #BFIBlackStar, a celebration of the most memorable black characters from film and TV. Its a tough one – so many powerful roles to choose from, right? Or perhaps it’s easy for you…

Top 5: Animations at #LFF

Animations: they’re not just for kids. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the programme of the 60th London Film Festival, which includes some of the most progressive, fascinating hand and computer-generated films in recent years. Here are 5 of the top animated movies showing at this year’s festival – with a few child-friendly picks…

Top 5: Returning heroes at #LFF

In its 60th edition and boasting 18 different sections, the London Film Festival is the perfect platform for filmmakers to develop their voice. The festival holds a heritage and reputation that promotes those involved, and a range of categories that allows directors to express their stories on almost any topic. Many have come back several…

Top 5: Features by women at #LFF 2016

The BFI London Film Festival is almost upon us again! It seems like moments since last year’s festival preview, but another group of films are straining at the leash, desperate to be set free upon a public pining for silver-screen adventure. The long-standing injustice of the under-representation of women both in front of and behind the…

TrailerTime: Free Fire

Ready…aim…fire! The guns are out in full force this afternoon, with the joyously shooty, shouty trailer for Ben Wheatley’s new film Free Fire. Starring Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Michael Smiley, Sam Riley, Cilian Murphy, Enzo Cilenti, Sharlto Copley & several more great names, Free Fire is about an arms deal gone badly wrong, with a…

Tickled Review

Fetishes. Everyone has ’em. For a small but intensely committed number across the globe, there is excitement in watching young, hunky men being restrained & mercilessly tickled. When journalists David Farrier & Dylan Reeve discover this niche interest, they pursue the story, & are met with defensiveness, anger and homophobia. As they follow the leads,…

Indignation Review

Screenwriting is the underappreciated art of cinema. In Indignation James Schamus, the thrice Oscar-nominated writer, producer and film legend, shows himself to be a master of this craft. In what is also his first directorial venture, he provides a soft, subtle song that will grow in your mind after the credits have rolled. Indignation is an…

Sundance London: The Greasy Strangler Review

Gruesome murders. Explicit, disgusting sex. And a whole lot of grease. The Greasy Strangler takes huge dollops of bad things, and serves them up in a thrillingly original feast that tastes so, so good. You know how it is – when you’re a 40-something single man living in a static caravan with your geriatric father, serving…