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El Topo (1970)

First published by EyeforFilm “If you are great, El Topo is a great picture. If you are limited, El Topo is limited.” So says Alejandro Jodorowsky, writer, director and star … Continue reading

March 24, 2016 · 4 Comments

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

First published in Sight & Sound, March 2016 Synopsis: America’s frontierlands, after the Civil War. Having murdered some camping cowboys, bushwhackers Buddy and Purvis stumble into a valley and a … Continue reading

March 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Revenant (2015)

First published by Real Crime Magazine Some stories are so big and so compelling that they can survive any mutilation. Hugh Glass was a genuine fur trapper of the early … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

Longer version of piece published by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015   Across an impossibly prolific and varied filmography, … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Red Hill (2010)

First published by Little White Lies Once a flourishing outback community, Red Hill is an all-white island of outmoded Australian colonial values, marooned somewhere between the prehistoric past (see the … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Slow West (2015)

First published by Grolsch FilmWorks “Go west, young man,” was a popular expression in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, as an injunction to new Americans to cultivate the fertile land … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

13 Assassins (2011)

First published by Little White Lies If 2007’s Sukiyaki Western Django refashioned Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 spaghetti western Django (itself heavily influenced by Akira Kurosawa’s 1961 Yojimbo) into a hyper-stylised post-modern reverie on the endless traffic … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dead Man (1995)

Review first published by EyeForFilm William Blake (Johnny Depp) is taking the long train journey north to a frontier town called Machine at “the end of the line”, where he … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Four of the Apocalypse (1975)

Review first published by FilmLand Empire “Salt Flats, Utah. 1873. A bad town for a law-abiding citizen, and for this reason, Stubby Preston, a professional cardsharp, made it a point … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Darkness on the Edge of Town (2014)

Review first published by Vérité When Cleo Callaghan (Emma Eliza Regan) goes into the local supply store to buy hollow-point bullets for her hunting rifle, clearly visible in the scene’s … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

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