Hail Satan?

2019 Director: Penny Lane Words – Natalie Mills Who ARE The Satanic Temple, and why should we care? Introduced at a recent Q&A screening as “the best Satanic recruitment video we’ve ever seen”, Hail Satan? is part documentary, part call to arms. Cue some fantastic clips of gobsmacked American newsreaders and some of the nicest…

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

2018 Director: RaMell Ross Words – Rhiannon Topham Distinctively intimate and poetic, the longitudinal ‘not-a-narrative’ narrative of Hale County This Morning, This Evening replaces traditional storytelling with a more immersive kind of portraiture, as told through a sociological observant lens. By fully engrossing himself in the Alabama community he comes to live and work in,…

Ghost In The Shell

2017 – USA Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano Words: Christian Abbott 22 years after the original film changed the course of modern science-fiction, influencing and inspiring filmmakers who would later go on to make films such as The Matrix, I,Robot, Ex Machina among many others, now we have a Hollywood remake…

Kong: Skull Island

2017 – USA Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Terry Notary Words: Nathan Scatcherd   A dragonfly lands peacefully on a branch as US army helicopters descend on a lush green jungle, and promptly start dropping bombs on it. The 1973 setting is…

John Wick Chapter 2

2016 – USA Director: Chad Stahelski Starring: Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common Words: Saul Nix The sleeper-hit action film John Wick has a sequel and the burning question on the minds of its many fans is whether or not it’ll take the Hindenburg-esque plunge other action franchises have in…

The Lego Batman Movie

2016 – USA Director: Chris McKay Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes Words: Nathan Scatcherd OK, full disclosure: I f*cking love Batman. Ever since I could read, I’ve spent countless hours poring over the comics, watching the movies, playing the games… my earliest memory is of five year old Nathan…

Hidden Figures

2016 – USA Director: Theodore Melfi Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Words: Christian Abbott This is another necessary tale untold by Hollywood which is now getting its due. And that is very much the case; this is a story of inherent merit from its important narrative to more than capable filmmaking. Based on…

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

2016 – USA Director: Werner Herzog Words: C. Abbott Christian attended a special screening of the film with a live broadcast post-film Q+A with director Werner Herzog and British director/ comedian Richard Ayoade, at The Showroom Cinema.  When tackling a Werner Herzog documentary there are at least a few things one should accept: cutting, dry remarks…

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…

Joy

2015/ USA Director: David O. Russell Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper Words: J. Wood The partnership of David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence continues to bear fruit but of the three films they, alongside Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper, have made together, this one is the most inconsequential.  Why this is the case is…