My Scientology Movie

2016 – USA/ UK Director: John Dower Words: N. Scatcherd For those who may be unaware: Scientology is one of the most bizarre and controversial movements in recent history – a ‘religion’ based primarily on the writings of science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, the followers of which buy their way up the hierarchy and…

Kubo and The Two Strings

2016 – USA Director: Travis Knight Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes Words: N. Scatcherd From Laika Entertainment – the stop-motion animation studio behind films such as Coraline and ParaNorman – comes the charming Kubo and the Two Strings. The film has rightly been drawing praise for its technical beauty…

The Neon Demon

2016 – UK, France, Denmark, USA Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Bella Heathcote, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman Words: N. Scatcherd Nicolas Winding Refn’s vivid, neon-stained visual sensibilities and fetishistic eye for beauty are a perfect fit for the glitzy, glamorous, but ultimately cut-throat world of modelling. Sex and…

The Nice Guys

2016/ USA Director: Shane Black Starring: Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Kim Basinger, Keith David, Beau Knapp, Yaya DaCosta, Margaret Qualley Words: N. Scatcherd Los Angeles, 1977. The mysterious death of a porn actress and the subsequent search for a young girl bring together two very different Private Investigators: hapless drunk Holland March (Ryan…

Green Room

2016 – USA Director: Jeremy Saulnier Starring: Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Macon Blair, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Eric Edelstein Words: N. Scatcherd Following the quietly brilliant ‘bumbling revenge thriller’ Blue Ruin from 2013, Jeremy Saulnier returns with another colour-coded tale of escalating violence. Though Green Room never feels quite as focused or…

Bone Tomahawk

2015/ USA, UK Director: S. Craig Zahler Starring: Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Evan Jonigkeit Words: N. Scatcherd Bone Tomahawk is a strange film; a ‘cannibal horror Western’ (and as genre mash-ups go, that combination certainly grabs the attention) that feels like a cross between The Searchers and…

A Month Of Alien: Prometheus

2012 Directed by: Ridley Scott Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Rafe Spall, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce Words: N. Scatcherd Prometheus is a film which, from its inception, seemed like it was being made up on the spot. It was announced as a straight Alien prequel; and then as a…

A Month Of Alien: Alien Resurrection

Words: N. Scatcherd So what with Ridley Scott’s recent confusing/confused comments regarding the future of the Alien series (“Prometheus 2 isn’t going to lead into the Alien films, although it totally is and it’s actually called Alien: Paradise Lost, but it might still take another three movies anyway, and what’s an ‘Alien 5’?”), I thought it…

A Month of Alien: Alien 3

So what with Ridley Scott’s recent confusing/confused comments regarding the future of the Alien series (“Prometheus 2 isn’t going to lead into the Alien films, although it totally is and it’s actually called Alien: Paradise Lost, but it might still take another three movies anyway, and what’s an ‘Alien 5’?”), I thought it would be…

A Month Of Alien: Aliens

Words: N. Scatcherd So what with Ridley Scott’s recent confusing/confused comments regarding the future of the Alien series (“Prometheus 2 isn’t going to lead into the Alien films, although it totally is and it’s actually called Alien: Paradise Lost, but it might still take another three movies anyway, and what’s an ‘Alien 5’?”), I thought it…