First Person Action: Hardcore Henry’s strange kinship to Video Games and Virtual Reality

A few years ago a Russian indie rock band called Biting Elbows gained worldwide attention when they released a violent and effects-heavy music video with a first person perspective, directed by the band’s frontman Ilya Naishuller. Now Mr. Naishuller has … Continue reading First Person Action: Hardcore Henry’s strange kinship to Video Games and Virtual Reality


Review: 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

I did not expect to like this movie at all, quite the opposite in fact. When I heard Michael Bay was set to direct a movie about the Benghazi attacks, I was certain it would turn out to be a tasteless exploitation of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. 2012, and this notion was only reinforced when Bay said “it avoids the politics”. So, imagine my surprise when it wasn’t a complete and utter mess.

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The Hateful Eight

Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s eight feature film, and unmistakably so. The poster proudly exclaims it as “the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino” (sic) and it has gotten more media attention over the past few weeks/months than most movies do from pre-production to DVD launch – it may however have been overshadowed a little by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but still. That’s not only because this is a new movie from Tarantino – director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and more – or that he has teamed up with master composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West), but also because he seems set to front a renaissance for analogue film; or more precisely, put 70mm film in the mainstream consciousness with a massive roadshow in North-America.

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Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an ordinary man placed in extraordinary circumstances in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Review: Bridge of Spies

Bridge of Spies sees Tom Hanks reunite with director Steven Spielberg in a movie written by Matt Charman (Suite Française), and Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo and so on); a star team to say the least. It tells the true story about insurance attorney James B. Donovan (played by Hanks), who is tasked to defend a Soviet spy (Mark Rylance) in the midst of the Cold War.

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BIFF 2015: The Lobster

Bergen International Film Festival 2015

Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is as peculiar and unique as it gets, and is in many ways an exercise in contradiction. It is both hysterically funny – laugh out loud moments from beginning to end – and morbidly brutal – both in its visceral violence and humanistic observations. It challenges societal conventions and constructions about relationships, loneliness, narcissism and much more, but never presents an explicit message; leaving every thread open for interpretation. Continue reading “BIFF 2015: The Lobster”