Archive for January, 2011

I’ll try to keep this short, because I planned to make both predictions and prescriptions (that is, guessing who will win but also saying who should in fact bloody win) nearer to the time when I have had the chance to see both True Grit and The Fighter. Until then, however, I couldn’t resist making […]


James Stewart (John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson), Kim Novak (Madeleine Elster). Screenplay by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 128 minutes. Hitchcock, more than any other auteur, likes to take his time developing plots. Think of those drawn out, detailed montages in Rear Window of James Stewart pointing his […]


Bill Pullman (Fred Madison), Patricia Arquette (Renee Madison / Alice Wakefield). Screenplay by Barry Gifford and David Lynch. Directed by David Lynch. Rating; 18. Running time: 134 minutes. David Lynch seems to be the kind of guy who would make statements like ‘this table is made of wood, and it is also not made of […]


Colin Firth (King George VI), Helena Bonham Carter (Queen Elizabeth), Geoffrey Rush (Lionel Logue). Screenplay by David Seidler. Directed by Tom Hooper. Rating: 12A. Running time: 118 minutes. It is a sad fact that we often fail to fully appreciate actors until they play someone with natural disabilities, but The King’s Speech proves it is […]


Little White Lies magazine has a cool little tradition of reviewing films first on the basis of initial reaction, and then in retrospect. If I had the time I’d adopt a similar policy on this blog, but as it is such special treatment will have to be distributed on the basis of a combination of […]


Natalie Portman (Nina Sayers), Mila Kunis (Lily), Vincent Cassel (Thomas Leroy). Screenplay by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Rating: 15. Running time: 108 minutes. Black Swan is without a doubt up there with The Social Network, Biutiful and Inception as a worthy contender for the title of being […]


Sam Riley (Ian Curtis), Samantha Morton (Debbie Curtis), Alexandra Maria Lara (Annik Honore), Joe Anderson (Hooky). Screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh. Directed by Anton Corbijn. Rating: 15. Running time: 122 minutes. Control is both a beautiful and phenomenal film. Never would I have expected to be so intrigued by a band and lead singer I knew […]