The Drop.

Michaël R. Roskam’s second feature film is a broody and simplistic tale that revolves around one bar and two men. ‘Cousin Marv’s’ is a humble bar in the heart of Brooklyn which is often used by local tyrants and mobsters as a drop-off point for their criminal earnings. Whenever their bar is chosen, previous owner … Continue reading

’71.

  Set amidst The Troubles, ’71 is a tale of survival. What begins as a story about a platoon, who are posted to Belfast in an attempt to support the people living on some of the effected streets of Northern Ireland, soon turns into the story of one individual and his struggle to survive on the … Continue reading

Gangs of New York.

The Wolf of Wall Street marks the fifth collaborative effort between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The duo will only need to make another three films together in order to equal the number of ‘Bobby and Marty’ joint efforts. Their first cinematic collaboration was the gruesome and relentless Gangs of New York. Scorsese is … Continue reading

The ABCs of Death.

I first heard about this “super-anthology” at the press event for last year’s Bradford Film Festival. The film was to be shown late at night, midway through the festival. I was a student in Leeds at the time and although I was enthusiastic to attend as much of the festival as possible, I was restricted … Continue reading

In Order of Disappearance.

Set against the exquisite whiteness of Norway, In Order of Disappearance is a blood-bath of fun and fury. The white canvas doesn’t stay white for too long. Soon enough it is splattered with the vibrant red blood of many angry men. On the same night that he is awarded and recognised for his contributions to his community, … Continue reading

Hyena.

Opening Edinburgh’s 68th International Film Festival is Gerard Johnson’s Hyena, a film that delves into the world of police corruption, oozing with misery and gore. We are first introduced to twisted policeman Michael Logan when he, with his gang of cronies in tow, raids a nightclub. This initial sequences creates a strong sense of what Hyena is all … Continue reading

Blue Ruin.

Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin is a story about revenge; pure, aggressive and passionate revenge. The need for revenge runs deep throughout this intense drama that focusses on very little else. Revenge remains the film’s only theme and focus, because that’s all it needs. We first meet the film’s protagonist, Dwight, whilst he takes a bath – a … Continue reading

The Piano Teacher.

Perhaps Michael Haneke’s most refined and meaningful piece of work, The Piano Teacher is far from an easy watch. In typical Haneke-style, there is unpredicted physical violence, repression and unanswered questions but all of this comes together to form a majestic yet twisted piece of contemporary European cinema. This take on the melodrama, tells the story of … Continue reading

Kick-Ass 2.

Just like many of its limp characters, Kick Ass 2 is rather unconvincingly disguised. Masking itself as a slick and kooky alternative-superhero movie, Kick Ass 2‘s masquerade wears thin after the first thirty minutes. The comedy in the script is particularly disappointing, as are the flat and boring characters. Matthew Vaughn’s absence from the director’s … Continue reading