Film bits and bobs

The Ozu Collection: Three Melodramas (2012) – Woman of Tokyo, Early Spring, Tokyo Twilight

First published by movieScope If the word ‘melodrama’ evokes shrill revelations, explosive reversals and over-demonstrative character meltdowns, then you might be surprised to see these three films united under that … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Excision (2012)

First published by movieScope “I don’t know of a teenager who doesn’t profile as a sociopath.” So says gawky, greasy-haired Pauline (the extraordinary AnnaLynne McCord), looking to all around her … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

John Carter (2012)

First published by movieScope Accidentally transported to Mars, broken Confederate general John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) acquires miraculous powers, rediscovers his own humanity, saves others and transcends death itself  – yet … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Film4 FrightFest 2012 Post Mortem

First published by movieScope in parts One, Two and Three Big things, we are told, have small beginnings. When FrightFest first began in 2000, it was very much a niche festival, … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dredd (2012)

First published by movieScope “Male – another Judge,” says mutant psychic Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), when asked to assess a stranger whom she cannot even see. “I can feel anger … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Killer Joe (2012)

First published by movieScope Drawn, like William Friedkin’s previous feature Bug (2006), from a play by Tracy Letts, this bucket of southern gothic is a Coen-esque caper of small-town double-crosses that starts … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Under The Skin (2013)

Review first published in movieScope 37 We first meet Laura (Scarlett Johansson) near the beginning of Under the Skin in a room of uncannily pure white. Dressing her own naked … Continue reading

March 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

Review first published by movieScope “It’s still happening,” declares Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) near the beginning of Insidious: Chapter 2. “I heard the piano playing downstairs by itself, and I … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 2 Comments

You’re Next (2011)

Review first published by movieScope When affluent, retirement-age Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) and their mostly feckless adult scions all converge on their fixer-upper country estate for … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by movieScope “I’m not going to need any signage, ok,” says Jeff (Shane Carruth) to Kris (Amy Seimetz), some way into Upstream Colour. Having been fed a … Continue reading

August 29, 2013 · 2 Comments


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