Archive for December, 2011

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 […]


Sacha Baron Cohen (Brüno), Ron Paul, Paula Abdul, Harrison Ford, Bono, Elton John, Sting, Snoop Dogg. Rating: 18. Running time: 81 minutes. Brüno is not Baron Cohen at his funniest. That honor goes to Borat. It is, however, undoubtedly him at his ballsiest. Ali G’s most daring moment was merely asking David Beckham live on national TV […]


Leonardo DiCaprio (William Costigan), Matt Damon (Colin Sullivan), Jack Nicholson (Frank Costello), Mark Wahlberg (Dignam), Martin Sheen (Queenan), Ray Winstone (Mr. French), Alec Baldwin (Ellerby), Vera Farmiga (Madolyn). Screenplay by William Monahan. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: 18. Running time: 151 minutes. The Departed is a film with mad energy. In every put-down and punch-up there’s […]


Ben Kingsley (Georges Méliès), Sacha Baron Cohen (Station Inspector), Asa Butterfield (Hugo Cabret), Chloë Grace Moretz (Isabelle), Ray Winstone (Uncle Claude), Emily Mortimer (Lisette), Jude Law (Hugo’s Father). Screenplay by John Logan. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Rating: U. Running time: 127 minutes. It’s impossible to avoid this, so let’s get it done first and foremost and quickly: just what has happened here? […]


Brad Pitt (Billy Beane), Jonah Hill (Peter Brand), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Art Howe). Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin et al. Directed by Bennett Miller. Rating: 12. Running time: 133 minutes.  On the day I saw posters advertising New Year’s Eve – a blatantly opportunistic bullshit romcom packed with A-Listers, coming to us from the creators of Valentine’s […]