It Follows.

American suburbs and crunchy autumn leaves set the scene for David Robert Mitchell’s second feature film. Like so many great stalker horrors before it, the film opens with a teen girl bursting from her house onto the street. She’s being followed but it is not apparent by who or what. The camera pans around the street … Continue reading

Ida.

At one point in the movie Ida a young woman preparing to take her vows and commit to a life as a nun is asked about what it means to sacrifice a life of carnal love and sin when she has never experienced it. If one does not have thoughts of the flesh than surely that … Continue reading

Wild.

What has to happen in a person’s life in order for them to feel the need to walk 1000 miles in search of redemption, forgiveness and understanding? In 1995, Cheryl Strayed put herself through this gruelling ordeal in order to repent and recover from the miserable experiences she’d had, and the choices and mistakes she’d … Continue reading

Inherent Vice.

What makes a good movie? Perhaps the more appropriate question is who gets to dictate what is or isn’t a good movie? You can jokingly sort films into amusing categories such as “guilty pleasures” or “childhood favourites” – we do this as a way of justifying why we like a movie if it doesn’t typically … Continue reading

Little Pieces.

Adam Nelson’s Little Pieces rotates around the lives and struggles of two men. Eric and Michael’s stories are told separately and through an intriguing non-linear narrative. Little Pieces is Adam Nelson’s debut – a film-maker who displays his influence from the likes of Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson by integrating his surroundings into the visual … Continue reading

Whiplash.

Blood, sweat and tears are ever present in Damien Chazelle’s raucous drama about a painstaking search for genius. The innovative camera movements and invasive shots allow us to experience the anguish of every drum beat and each cymbal clash – making Whiplash the most satisfying movie I’ve seen in months. Nominated for five Academy Awards, … Continue reading