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I am a freelance film critic and video game enthusiast.

CineVue Review: Stockholm, My Love

★★★★☆   Documentarian Mark Cousins makes the move to fiction with Stockholm, My Love, also marking singer Neneh Cherry's feature debut in a melancholy turn peppered with naturalistic renditions of her own music. The result is by turns a chilly,... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: The Fisher King

★★★★☆ Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges) is at the top of his game. A shock-jock radio host specialising as a kind of anti-Frasier Crane, he encourages listeners to call in with their problems before humiliating them with insults and the music... Continue Reading →

Thresholds Feature: “Gentlemen, welcome to Dubai”: Spec Ops The Line’s Heart of Darkness

Critical of contemporary colonialism yet irretreivably rooted in its racist traditions, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is as important as it is problematic. As a critique of colonialist hypocrisy, the novella is also a profoundly racist text rooted in the contemporary ideology... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Der Mude Tod

★★★★☆   The English title of Fritz Lang's 1921 Der Müde Tod, or Destiny, may well be snappier, but the literal translation - The Weary Death - is surely the more poignant. Overshadowed by the director's finest work, Der Müde... Continue Reading →

BFI Feature: Where to begin with the Universal Horror Cycle

Movies inspire a lot of passion, but the back catalogue of film history can be daunting. For every fan who’s obsessed with an actor, director or sub-genre, there’s another struggling to know where to start. Sometimes all it takes is... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Diabolique

★★★★★   "Don't be devils! Don't ruin the interest your friends could take in this film. Don't tell them what you saw. Thank you, for them." So close the end credits of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1955 Diabolique, hailed as the first... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Wonder Woman

★★★☆☆   After three Supermen, five Batmen and fifteen MCU films with more stars called Chris than women in the lead, the undisputed Queen of Superheroes is at last given her own film. Patty Jenkins has also done what others... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: War Machine

★★★☆☆ Satire comes in two modes: Juvenalian - harsh, critical and in service of a serious point - and Horatian - light, humorous and affectionate. In attempting to do both, David Michôd's War Machine doesn't quite succeed at either, never... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Detour

★★★☆☆ Detour is not exactly a remake of the 1945 film noir of the same name, but in making explicit reference to that film more than once, certainly owes it a debt of gratitude. Indeed, Christopher Smith's teen neo-noir -... Continue Reading →

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