Film bits and bobs

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, January 2016 Synopsis: Deer Field County, California, present day. After a janitor accidentally unleashes a zombie from a laboratory, teen boy scouts Ben, … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 4 Comments

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

First published by Sight & Sound, December 2015 Synopsis: An unnamed West African country. As government and rebel forces converge on a ‘safe’ town (and refugee centre), local boy Agu … Continue reading

December 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

FrightFest: Critics’ roundtable post-mortem

Final girls revisited, maternity messed up, madness mediated, misogynies exploded, confinement framed and social realism genre-fied: Virginie Sélavy, Kim Newman and I face the horror and cast pod on FrightFest … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

East End of the World: Crises, Catastrophes and New Beginnings at the East End Film Festival 2015

First published by Sight & Sound East End Film Festival, 1-12 July 2015 | venues around East London, UK Climate change is fast approaching – may even already have passed – … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wormholes That Turned: Sci-Fi-London 2015

First published by Sight & Sound Sci-Fi-London 15: 29 May – 5 June, 2015 Science fiction has of late been achieving stratospheric levels of attention. This year’s most lucrative tentpole … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Daybreakers (2009)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, March 2010 Synopsis: In 2009, a pandemic virus transforms humans into vampires who can live forever, just so long as they stay out of … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Beyond Clueless (2014)

Review first published in Sight & Sound, February 2015 Synopsis: Restricting its visual material to a montage of clips from teen movies circa 1992-2006, this documentary explores both the experiences … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Whiplash (2014) capsule

First published by Sight & Sound Whiplash is a syncopated Faust (or The Social Network with polyrhythms), drumming away at the wages of elitist education and artistic excellence, while delivering this year’s … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Eastern Boys (2012)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, January 2015 Synopsis: Paris, present day. At the Gare du Nord, Daniel singles out hustler Marek from a gang of Eastern Europeans led by … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Diplomacy (2014)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, Jan 2015 Synopsis: Paris before dawn, 25th August 1944. With the Allies due in the city centre within hours, General Dietrich von Choltitz … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · Leave a comment


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