Movie Reviews

Inattention grabber

Grabbers

Irish director Jon Wright’s Grabbers is an inconsequential monster movie that seeks to be part horror, part comedy, and succeeds at neither. The supposed humor hinges on the inhabitants of a small island community holed up in the local pub…

Unsound design

Toby Jones in 'Berberian Sound Studio'

Director Peter Strickland brings the often under-appreciated art of sound design to the fore with Berberian Sound Studio, a richly photographed horror movie that cuts to the heart of female exploitation in genre films. Though this is not the first…

Point of view with little point

Elijah Wood as the titular 'Maniac'

Remakes are nothing new, though it may seem in recent years as if the cinema has hosted little else. While historically they may have been made because the director had a vision for something different (The Thing, The Fly), lately…

Digital Devolution

Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen in 'Gangster Squad'

Gangster Squad‘s likely contribution to film history will be to further the ongoing debate over film or digital as the preferred medium for movies. Director Ruben Fleischer, who to this point has contented himself with comedy, wants his dramatic debut…

Sky fail

Daniel Craig and Bérénice Marlohe 'Syfall'

It’s disheartening to know within the first five minutes of a movie that it’s going to be a mundane experience. The opening sequence of a James Bond flick is often a good indicator of how the rest of the film…

Cloud is out of reach.

Hugo Weaving in 'Cloud Atlas'

Despite the hyperbolical entreaties from some, failure to see Cloud Atlas will not hasten the inevitable decay and demise of cinema. While the latest film from The Matrix directors the Wachowskis and Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer is ambitious,…

Broken men

themaster

If P.T. Anderson’s previous drama, There Will Be Blood, was about two men who see each other for exactly who they are, his new film, The Master, shows us two deeply broken men trying to escape from themselves. The master,…

In absentia

indy2

You may or may not have noticed a conspicuous lack of blog entries since I took former film-master Ridley Scott to task for his dreadful Prometheus. There are a number of reasons (or excuses) for this. In the end, I…