TrailerTime: Room

As awards season really kicks into gear, there are few titles taking up as much speculative space as Room. Directed by Frank‘s Lenny Abrahamson, it is Emma Donoghue’s adaptation of her own 2010 novel. Taking its idea from the horrifying Josef Fritzl case, it is narrated by Jack, a young boy who has spent all his life in Room and turns…

The Lobster Review

If you had to die and become an animal, what animal would you be? It sounds like the discussion topic that comes with the joke in a Christmas cracker. For Yorgos Lanthimos it is the idea from which he explores love, emotions and the pressures of conformity in his dark, dry fifth feature The Lobster. David…

Carol Review

The glorious first shot of Todd Haynes’ Carol sets the tone for the majesty of what is to come. Opening on intricate lines that we cannot quite identify, the camera pans back to show them to be a street drain. It rises further, swooping over the bustle of New Yorkers fighting the winter chill, before coming to rest…

Brooklyn Review

Next time you hear ‘they don’t make them like they used to’, point the proclaimer to Brooklyn, the film of Colm Tóibín’s novel. It is a wholly satisfying slice of 1950s goodness, evoking with fondness and authenticity a period few of us actually remember. It also features one of the great screen performances of recent years…

Steve Jobs Review

Enough has been written, said and filmed about Steve Jobs since his death to fill several iPhones (even the 128gb ones). Trust Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, then, to find a new approach to the enigma of the Apple empresario, this time portrayed by the ample talents of Michael Fassbender. Using a tripartite structure, we…

Paris

In April this year, less than three months after the cowardly attacks on Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in France, my family and I visited Paris. We went to celebrate my dad’s birthday and spend time with my brother, who was studying there for the year. It was a wonderful few days; we ate in great…

Tangerine Review

Think you know Christmas films? Think again. Tangerine, the fifth feature from Sean Baker, is a seasonal flick like no other. It’s also a buddy comedy like no other, an exercise in guerilla filmmaking like no other – it is quite simply unlike anything you have seen before. It is essential viewing. We meet sex workers…

TrailerTime: Sunset Song

Few cinematic experiences are as comforting as a British period piece; the warm familiarity of costumes, setting and language are known to audiences across the world. Terence Davies’ first film since 2011’s The Deep Blue Sea plays on the popularity of this genre to tell a coarser tale than some might expect, that of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic…

Top 5: Peep Show

Sahara-dry humour that induces spasms of laughter. Free of catchphrases, yet the most quotable comedy of the millennium. Starring two often unpleasant loners, who we and all our friends recognise as ourselves. Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain’s Peep Show overflows with contradictions, right up to it being a cult show that is loved by millions in the UK and worldwide. Tonight…

LFF 2015: Suffragette Review

Today’s films retell history with a startling immediacy. Major world events have barely begun when screen rights are being negotiated. In this context, the freshness and invigorating pace of Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette is all the more remarkable given the century that has passed since its stories took place. The film is centred around Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), a…

Top 5: Mean Girls Quotes

Fetch. Fugly. The mathletes. Grool. Mean Girls created its own language, and in doing so it gossiped to one of the most likeable, enduring films of the noughties. It meme’d before memes were a thing, largely down Tina Fey’s sparkling, savvy adaptation of Rosalind Wiseman’s book ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’. So in case anyone asks you…

TrailerTime: A Bigger Splash

There’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking. There is undoubtedly more to A Bigger Splash, the first English language feature from Luca Guadagnino. However when drooling over seeing the trailer for his LFF-bound film, it is impossible to deny the bloomin’ sexiness of its four leads – Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and…