CineVue Review: Mulholland Drive

★★★★★   Originally conceived as a TV series à la Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive is David Lynch at his most Lynchian: baffling, disturbing and cinematic. Set in a surrealist Hollywood, the plot follows Betty (Naomi Watts) as she arrives in... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: 12 Angry Men

★★★★★   In the 60 years since its release, Sidney Lumet's masterpiece has lost none of its impact. In this age of unreason, 12 Angry Men remains sorely and urgently contemporary. Filmed originally as a TV movie, Reginald Rose's screenplay... Continue Reading →

The Quietus Review: Alien: Covenant

I reviewed Ridley Scott's eagerly anticipated latest contribution to the Alien franchise. Is it a return to form? Or just another bug hunt? (Contains slight spoilers) Alien: Covenant’s strongest improvement on its predecessor is simple narrative coherence. The plot –... Continue Reading →

The Quietus Feature: Into This Wild Abyss: The Existential Terror Of Alien

With Alien Covenant out in cinemas I look back at HR Giger's greatest creation and analyses exactly what it is that gives it its ferocious and lasting power. There's no doubt that Ridley Scott's 2012 Prometheus was a disappointment for fans hoping... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Harmonium

★★★★ Echoes of The Gift haunt director Kôji Fukada's latest feature Harmonium, a chilling family drama about the consequences of culpability and the cost that the past bears on the present. Beginning like a comedy, cinematographer Ken'ichi Negishi's long, static... Continue Reading →

Skinny Review: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

★★★ Guardians of the Galaxy, released in 2014, was Marvel's secret weapon – a wacky, left-of-field romp from an indie director and a bizarre cast of characters that pushed mainstream audiences' tolerance of weird premises. Existing in its own corner... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Tampopo

★★★★ From the prison-set cookery lesson in Goodfellas to the black cannibalistic comedy of Delicatessen and the gluttony of the gargantuan diner in The Meaning of Life, the theme of food is a rich and well-ploughed field in cinema. But... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: Drunken Master

★★★★ Amongst the Rush Hours and the Spies Next Door of his latter-day career, it's easy to forget that Jackie Chan was once the rightful successor to the screen's greatest martial artist, Bruce Lee. Eureka's new release of the 1978... Continue Reading →

CineVue Review: The Life of Oharu

★★★★★ Of the countless films director Kenji Mizoguchi made over his career, The Life of Oharu is said to be among his favourites, and Criterion's welcome home release of his 1952 masterpiece is proof of both its aesthetic quality and... Continue Reading →

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