The Worst Films of 2015.

Of course, my selection of films are not actually the worst films of the year. Research, discussion and judgement prevent me from actually having to sit through the likes of Transformers 12. My list consists of many films that merely, and severely, disappointed. Some are dull, some are amateur and some annoying. I think I only truly … Continue reading

Krampus.

The opening sequence of Krampus is delightful. An instant, visual judgement of consumerist Christmas, wrapped up in a cynical bow. Overweight Americans thunder down the aisles of supermarkets, children sob their hearts out on Santa’s lap and others, dressed up as shepherds and angels, attempt to punch the life out of one another. In a suburban … Continue reading

The Lesson.

In a small, Bulgarian classroom a student has had money stolen from her. Their teacher, Nadya, determined to identify and punish the thief, gives the culprit numerous opportunities to own up to their crime or to at least return the money. Taking this opportunity to preach a moral message, the teacher is initially defiant in … Continue reading

Bridge of Spies.

Mark Rylance and Tom Hanks both star in Bridge of Spies, the latest from Steven Spielberg. Inspired by a true story, the film takes place during the cold war. The opening scene captures almost everything that’s great about good spy movies. A phone rings and the spy, Rudolph Abel, answers it. He paints landscapes on … Continue reading

Grandma.

Grandma opens with an end. We witness the middle and conclusion of an argument between a couple, resulting in their break up. A bad start to a very long day for Elle – a liberal, a feminist a poet and an academic – she’s also a Grandmother. As one chaotic personal problem exits, another enters. Her … Continue reading