Film bits and bobs

High-Rise (2015)

First published (in a shorter version) by Little White Lies “Sometimes he found it difficult to believe in a future that had not already taken place.” In Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, … Continue reading

March 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Week-end (1967)

Review I wrote æons ago for Movie Gazette – in fact so ancient, it’s back when I was still using the unconscionable p-word… After his extraordinary directorial debut in 1960 with … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

Please note that the Synopsis here is very spoilerific. The Review which follows is not. Synopsis: [spoiler alert] An alternative London, today. Still smarting at the loss of his last lover, Smith emerges … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Parents (1989)

First published by FilmLand Empire The black-and-white still of a boy’s face. Carefree kids playing with a skipping rope on the sidewalk of a utopian suburbia (to the brash, brassy … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Toxic Avenger (1984)

First published by FilmLand Empire Published in 1949, George Orwell’s dystopian allegory 1984 imagined that by the time of the titular year, the whole world would have become a totalitarian system … Continue reading

June 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Society (1989)

First published by FilmLand Empire “The rich have always sucked off low-class shit like you.” This line, coming late in Brian Yuzna’s Society, effectively summarises the film’s dog-eat-dog – or … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Repo Man (1984)

First published by Little White Lies Alex Cox is famous, amongst other things, for his love of westerns – and so it seems apt that his debut feature should open with … Continue reading

June 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Female Pervert (2014)

Review first published by Vérité “It’s not weird,” says Phoebe (Jennifer Kim) in the opening scene of Jiyoung Lee’s Female Pervert. “It’ll be really fun.” After playing her theremin for … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Zombieland (2009)

Review first published by Little White Lies The year 2009 introduces a new law of cinema: if a film stars Jesse Eisenberg and features the word ‘land’ in the end … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Playtime (1967)

Review first published by Movie Gazette The French comic director Jacques Tati was born Tatischeff, grandson of the Imperial Russian military attaché in Paris – but on his film sets … Continue reading

November 7, 2014 · Leave a comment


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