A Ghost Story.

A Ghost Story.

If you’ve seen any coverage or marketing for David Lowery’s A Ghost Story then it is likely you’ve come across the captivating image above. With an aesthetic reminiscent of Tarkovsky’s Stalker, this image captures what is equally haunting and beautiful about the film as a whole. Following his sudden death, a young man finds himself trapped and isolated … Continue reading

Train to Busan.

An explosive debut feature from Yeon Sang-Ho, Train to Busan joins the likes of A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night and Maggie as one of several recent and refreshing additions to the overcrowded zombie movie vault – here to rejuvenate the genre and breath new life into the un-dead. It’s the first zombie … Continue reading

Life May Be.

Mark Cousins gave a lecture on the art of the video essay during my time at Edinburgh University. The director and film buff extraordinaire is probably most well known for his Channel 4 documentary The Story of Film. Last year he delighted us again with A Story of Children and Film; another cinematic essay which studied … Continue reading

Wings of Desire.

Wim Wenders’ 1987 masterpiece has a lot to say about Berlin, humanity, life and death. Unexpectedly meta and deeply romantic – Wings of Desire remains a European contemporary classic; something of a youngest child to the German New Wave movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Bruno Ganz play Damiel, one of the many angels who … Continue reading

Chappie.

  The best thing about Chappie is Chappie himself. The first A.I with consciousness – he begins life like a human baby; learning rapidly about the world around him. Chappie is a part of the mechanised police force that patrol the streets of Johannesburg in Neill Blomkamp’s muddled, futuristic action-thriller. Crime rates are down and Johannesburg … Continue reading

Ex Machina.

What begins as the trip of a lifetime soon becomes a twisted, creepy exploration into human capability for young computer programmer Caleb. When he wins first prize in a company competition he is taken swiftly, by helicopter, to meet a mysterious man; a software genius who founded the company Caleb works for. In the film’s … Continue reading

Interstellar.

After concluding his Batman trilogy two years ago, Christopher Nolan now returns to our cinemas as director of his ninth feature film. The world seems to be in agreement that there is so much to admire about Interstellar – but as we all try to fully digest the three hour experience of watching this astonishing movie, … Continue reading

Another Woman.

It’s my strong belief that Woody Allen’s work is at its best when he is doing two particular things – engaging in philosophical debate and writing for women. His masterful 1988 feature, Another Woman, shows glimmers of philosophy but primarily demonstrates just how well Allen knows women and their complexities. To enhance his insight into the female … Continue reading

The Act of Killing.

I have finally gotten around to watching Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, only a few days ago. A lot of the film reviews I write are written hours after seeing the films; I like to capture my gut reaction as much as possible. Yet, The Act of Killing has taken a while to sink in. I felt … Continue reading

Badlands.

Terrence Malick’s debut tells the story of fifteen year old Holly who falls in love with ‘James Dean lookalike’ Kit. Whilst Holly dryly narrates us through their tale, we watch the couple run away from home and venture out across America, killing anyone who stands in their way. Based on a true case, Badlands has darker dimensions … Continue reading