Archive for December, 2011

Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander), Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger), Robin Wright (Erika Berger). Screenplay by Steven Zaillian. Directed by David Fincher. Rating: 18. Running time: 158 minutes. To all the phoney ‘purists’ who stupidly decided to prejudge this remake, I wish to begin by saying Fuck You. You have been made to […]


Brad Pitt (David Mills), Morgan Freeman (William Somerset), Gwyneth Paltrow (Tracy Mills). Screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker. Directed by David Fincher. Rating: 18. Running time: 127 minutes. For those that have seen Fight Club – good. For those that haven’t – sort it out if you are also to see Seven. The links between these two masterpieces may […]


Jack Nicholson (J. J. Gittes), Faye Dunaway (Evelyn Mulwray), John Huston (Noah Cross). Screenplay by Robert Towne. Directed by Roman Polanski. Rating: 15. Running time: 130 minutes. Oh the plight of the amateur film critic. The plight of any film critic! What are we to do when facing beasts as grand as Chinatown? Nothing I am capable […]


Dustin Hoffman (Bernstein), Robert Redford (Woodward). Screenplay by William Goldman. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Rating: 15. Running time: 130 minutes. All the President’s Men has a handful of lines which will pierce the mildest of political hearts. It’s enough that the film is about arguably the greatest – indisputably the most famous – instance of […]


Starring Buster Keaton. Directed by James W. Horne. Rating: U. Running time: 66 minutes. A short scrawny bookworm nerding it out 24/7 in the library as other boys bat baseballs and chuck javelins, Keaton here plays a boy intent on getting sporty in a final go at fulfilling his love-crush’s wishes and rescuing his chances […]


Jake Gyllenhaal (Robert Graysmith), Mark Ruffalo (Inspector David Toschi), Robert Downey Jr. (Paul Avery). Screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Directed by David Fincher. Rating: 15. Running time: 150 minutes.  David Fincher is obsessed with obsessions, and now I’m obsessed with him. Fight Club’s Tyler Durden was set on sparking an existentialist revolution and return to primitive manhood. The Social Network‘s […]


Crazy Kael.

16Dec11

I began and finished A Last Conversation with Pauline Kael today. It’s a nice little book, both easygoing and short whilst retaining a decent amount of insight. It’s written in transcript form based on an interview with Kael by a close friend – another, younger critic whose first form of contact with her was a letter […]


I recently bought the Eureka boxset of Buster Keaton’s complete short films, from 1917 to 1923. It really is a marvellous collection, and anyone keen to explore this name that you’ve no doubt heard of, but have probably seen nothing by, these early shorts would be a great place to start for obvious, chronological reasons. […]


I already mentioned New Year’s Eve – a despicable contribution to the cinemas this December – in my review of Moneyball, but unfortunately it has to be returned to one more time. According to RottenTomatoes.com it grossed higher than any other film in the States last week, and it’s already half way to recuperating its costs. A healthy […]


Dragon Tattoo.

13Dec11

I know I rarely ‘blog’ in this way and nearly always only post reviews, but I have a lot of time right now and I wanted to talk about this. We’ll see if it becomes a more regular thing. Anyway, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo premiered in London last night. Word on Twitter is that […]