Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

Intolerable Cruelty (2003). Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Starring George Clooney, Catherine Zeta Jones and Geoffrey Rush. ***1/2 George Clooney harnesses the suave, seductive qualities of prime Cary Grant and combines them with the facial flexibility of 90’s Jim Carrey in the Coen’s scattershot, screwball satire on the marital industry, particularly the sheer oddityContinue reading “Intolerable Cruelty (2003)”

What Did Jack Do? (2020)

What Did Jack Do? (2020). Directed by David Lynch. Starring Jack Cruz and David Lynch. ***** Things are about as Lynchian as they can get in this 17-minute-long short film which packs in more laughs and quotable dialogue in its paltry run time than you would find in most studio birthed “comedies”. Taking inspiration fromContinue reading “What Did Jack Do? (2020)”

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)

Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). Directed by Jon Watt. Starring Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson and Jake Gyllenhaal. **** Spider-Man’s European Vacation benefits from some thrilling action set pieces and the emotional honesty of its take on Peter Parker’s enforced graduation from friendly neighbourhood hero to Iron Man replacing Avenger. While he would rather justContinue reading “Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)”

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Ziegfeld Girl (1941). Directed by Robert Z. Leonard. Starring James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner. ** Robert Z. Leonard’s Ziegfeld Girls finds itself caught between glamorously portraying The Ziegfeld Follies in all their sequined, tasselly glory and constructing a grimy, realist tableau of the impact such short, sharp bursts of adulation andContinue reading “Ziegfeld Girl (1941)”

La Ronde (1950)

La Ronde (1950). Directed by Max Ophuls. Starring Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret and Simone Simon. ***1/2 Max Ophuls’s adaptation of the Arthur Schnitzler play is as light, frothy, diverting and ultimately as pointless as some culinary foam as he voyeuristically gazes at the revolving carousel of amorous encounters in 1900’s Vienna.  Loosely interconnected vignettes ofContinue reading “La Ronde (1950)”

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant (2017). Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. * Please could someone remove Ridley Scott’s tight grip from the reins of the Alien franchise? Or better still just put the whole thing to bed? Since Ridley’s return as creative visionary we have seen the worst two films inContinue reading “Alien: Covenant (2017)”

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019)

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019). Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez. **** Though it may seem a little meandering and obtuse in the early going, Martin Scorsese’s music-doc quickly turns into a compelling portrait of Bob Dylan at a ferociously motivated, intensely creative part ofContinue reading “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019)”

Robert The Bruce (2019)

Robert The Bruce (2019). Directed by Richard Gray. Starring Angus MacFadyen, Anna Hutchison and Zach McGowan. ***1/2 Unfairly critically maligned and rather lazily dubbed as a “sequel” to Braveheart, due to Angus MacFadyen’s presence in the title role, Richard Gray’s film has a much smaller purse than Mel’s big-budget, battle-fuelled, rabble rouser and is consequentlyContinue reading “Robert The Bruce (2019)”

Mistress America (2015)

Mistress America (2015). Directed by Noah Baumbach. Starring Greta Gerwig and Lola Kirke. *1/2 What is it about a certain subset of the would-be New York intelligentsia that makes them so damned irritating? Noah Baumbach’s film is covered in a layer of artifice so thick that it is impossible to discern any human truth lurkingContinue reading “Mistress America (2015)”

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Directed by George Miller. Starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. ***** George Miller essentially remakes the third act of 1981’s The Road Warrior, gloriously using modern technology to turn the post-apocalyptic world inhabited by Max all the way up to 11 while sticking with the franchise mainstays ofContinue reading “Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)”