Raw.

Raw.

It’s always special to uncover a new horror film which turns the genre on its head. In recent years I’ve been delighted by the nostalgic tones of It Follows and the crafty creeps of The Babadook and have come to expect just one or two of these treats a year. What a delight it is then … Continue reading

Personal Shopper.

Personal Shopper.

Olivier Assayas’ desperately flawed Personal Shopper is undoubtedly my least favourite film of the year so far. It has a script so stale you could snap it over your knee and an array of equally wooden performances to match. Kristen Stewart is at the heart of all the chaos. Having successfully broken away from the … Continue reading

The Brand New Testament.

God exists and he resides in Belgium. That’s the briefest premise I can provide for The Brand New Testament, the latest from director Jaco Van Dormael. Despite what our cultures may have taught us, God is not the man behind miracles and the ten commandments. Instead, he dedicates himself to writing the rules of the universe. … Continue reading

The Tribe.

Rarely does a debut feature reach the ambitious heights of Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s The Tribe. With its bleak aesthetic and harrowing themes of abuse, sexual exploitation, violence and manipulation, this Ukrainian horror drama portrays the cruel happenings in a boarding school for deaf students. Despite the school setting, there are only two classroom scenes. The majority … Continue reading

Amour.

There is always a high expectation of a new Michael Haneke film. His recent success with films such as The White Ribbon and Hidden (Caché) have established his importance within contemporary European cinema. What I admire the most about Haneke is his ability to merge beauty and horror so seamlessly. His films, despite their occasionally overbearing messages, rely on the … Continue reading