Monday, 1 February 2016


From its brutal opening sequence, Sicario casts an unflinching eye at the war against drugs along the US-Mexico border, as well as the more than dodgy practices of secret government bodies. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Sicario allows the audience to breath among the vast barren landscapes as a break to the violence, and the brooding Oscar nominated score by Johann Johannsson adds to the tension masterfully. Heads up also the the two English actors playing the "good guy" FBI agents Daniel Kaluuya and Emily Blunt, both adding humanity to an otherwise stone-faced cast. Listen to our full review in the player below.

If only Shakespeare could make royalties off of his work, right? Micheal Fassbender completes his turn as the king in the Scottish play, directed by Justin Kurzel, in a film that maybe bears a little resemblance to the infinitely popular Game of Thrones (or is it visa versa?). While that may be distracting to some, hopefully it will bring a new generation of people to the Bard's timeless tales. Read L.J. Spence's review of Macbeth here.

When I first saw the trailer for The Walk, I thought two things: what's the point, and what the hell? Firstly, there is the documentary about Philip Petite's attempt to tightrope-walk across the Twin Towers called Man on Wire, which is very good, and secondly, getting Joseph Gordon-Levitt to perform strongly accented French accent seemed a bit weird. Was there no good French actors available? Still, it is directed by Robert Zemeckis. Lets just hope its 3D gimmick isn't too obvious when you watch it on your small screen.

Do you get the feeling that Woody Allen just doesn't care anymore? If this interview in the Independent suggests anything, its because he's painfully middle-class and, by six-o'clock, he just wants to get home any have his dinner. Could that be why his latest output, Irrational Man, seems so much like his other films?

Life experienced a short theatrical release, but now we finally get Anton Corbijn's biographical film about James Dean to home release. With Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Dennis Stock, Dean's photographer friend, it might be more accurate to describe this as being about a photographer and his subject than about life of a brightly lit but quickly extinguished celebrity. While Life hasn't garnered the most favorable of reviews, it will still be one I'll look forward to watching, if only because Corbijn can create a wonderful looking film.

  Do you remember when Johnny Depp was charmfully quirky and Tim Burton
  was making delightfully weird films? If its all but a foggy memory to you, I
  suggest you go out and buy Ed Wood, Burton's biography of notorious
  "worst director ever", which is being given a re-release on Blu-Ray. If you are
  a fan on B-movies, even Z-movies, and want to know about the original
  creator of so-bad-its-good movies, then make sure you check out Ed Wood,

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