At first glance Man Hunt is just another 1940's political noir thriller, but it is actually a call to arms aimed at famous director Fritz Lang’s adopted country well before they entered the most infamous war of the modern age.
Alfonso Cuaron was a master craftsman from the second he was allowed to make movies, but it was only after Y Tu Mama Tambien that he became filmmaker who used his style to serve substance.
Muppets Most Wanted is one of the most purely entertaining Muppet adventures ever conceived.
Unsurprisingly, Jim Jarmusch's approach to vampires isn’t particularly interested in violent set pieces or dark romance.
Ti West is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in the horror genre today, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that his latest feature abandons his greatest gifts as a director for found footage schtick.
Of all of Brian De Palma’s most bonkers genre movie experiments, The Phantom of the Paradise just might be the best.
Point Blank (John Boorman, 1967) – Sometimes you just have to go back to the bare basics to get the job done and get it done right. There’s nothing complicated about revenge films. They’re about as straight forward of an idea and emotion that you are bound to come across, and 1967’s Point Blank, the […]
Bears (Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey, 2014) – While Disneynature and the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund are certainly doing some good things and raising awareness, the yearly documentaries that they end up producing are a mixed bag. Standing alone as a nature documentary, Bears features some amazing photography, but the cutesy narration ends up making the […]
Filth (Jon S. Baird, 2014) – It’s possible that Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth might have been unfilmable, but that certainly didn’t stop writer and director Jon S. Baird from trying. It’s an admirable attempt to encapsulate a decent into abject madness and abasement at the hands of one of Welsh’s most memorably misanthropic creations, if it’s not […]
Need for Speed is both better than any racing video game adaptation really has any right to be and yet it’s still better than what most who see it will be expecting. It’s a loud, brash, somewhat silly throwback to simpler times. It’s a delightfully old school thrill ride made with the kind of brazen disregard […]
Need for Speed (Scott Waugh, 2014) – There are few things more thrillingly cinematic than a car chase, which is why it’s odd that so many movies based around that twisted metal movie thrill tend to be so dull. Need for Speed is a perfect example. Here’s a movie directed by a former stunt man […]
Under The Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2014) – Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin is one of those visually stunning, brain-tinglingly complex, and deeply disturbing science fiction movies that were all the rage in the 70s until Star Wars. It’s an art film that never feels like homework and proof that there’s still audacious and original work […]
Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Trier, 2014) – For years Lars Von Trier has threatened to smack audiences with his take on an “erotic” movie. The plucky provocateur always brought an exploitation filmmaker’s chutzpah and showmanship to his art house career, and chasing the metaphorical white whale of a serious erotic drama that porn kings and legitimate […]
Insomnia (Erik Skjoldbjaerg, 1997) – Though sadly overshadowed by the Al Pacino and Christopher Nolan American remake, Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s Insomnia remains one of the greatest thrillers of the 90s. While Skjoldbjaerg never quite managed to deliver an adequate follow up, his directorial debut was one of the most striking of his era. It’s a […]
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