Inherent Vice – Review No. 2

It would be easy, based on the trailer for Inherent Vice, to see this as Boogie Nights Part 2. The reality is that PT Anderson is a different filmmaker now and that this film is a different beast all together. It's less about dazzling you…

Testament of Youth – A Review

Testament of Youth seems like a weepy, World War 1 melodrama. It seems respectable. There's a small moment where the main character's father (Dominic West) is seeing his son off to war. As they're leaving the train station he lingers,…

The Guarantee | review

The Guarantee is often an infuriating experience. Based on the play 'Guaranteed' by Colin Murphy, Ian Power's film tells the story of the banking collapse of 2008. We all know it was a time when the stakes were high but does it make for…

Mr Turner | review

At the risk of sounding incredibly pretentious there is a scene in Mr Turner that reminded me of Oscar Wilde's remark in The Picture of Dorian Gray that the emotions of people you don't care about seem ridiculous. At one point in Mike…

Nightcrawler | review

'On TV it looks so real'. Nightcrawler is a queasy thriller cum satire. It has Jake Gyllenhall being creepy again which is great to see. He's genuinely terrifying as an amoral lunatic who speaks in a mixture of self-help jargon and…

Gold | review

A quirky, dysfunctional family drama that tells the story of a kid being pushed into something she doesn't want to do by an overbearing father. The arrival of a character coping with a failed suicide attempt stirs it all up. This is not an…

What We Did On Our Holiday | review

If 'What We Did On Our Holiday' was a person you might laugh to humour it. If you were trapped listening to it at a get together, like. It's inoffensive and seems like its heart is in the right place so there's no need to be rude.…

Showrunners | review

For those not in the know; 'Showrunner' is a term that has become much more widely used since we entered TV's apparent golden age. If TV really is the new novel it's about time someone talked to the authors. This documentary, made by…