Best of 2017, crime, directors, Movies, Musicals, Reviews, thriller

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is pedal-to-the-metal, high velocity entertainment

Fresh from viewing just this morning – so excuse the typos I know are going to be in there – here is my review of Edgar Wright’s glorious new thriller Baby Driver. Strap in. Continue reading

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comment, crime, directors, Favourite films, horror, Movies, Uncategorized, Verite film magazine

“John Doe has the upper hand!” In the frame – Se7en

This article was first published in the January 2015 issue of Verite Film Magazine. Before you proceed this was for a running feature called ‘In the frame in which Verite writers wrote about their favorite scenes in movies. This was my one entry in the strand and looks at a scene from near the very end of director David Fincher’s 1995 masterpiece of neo-noir horror, Se7en. If you haven’t seen the movie and you read this, I will personally visit you in the night and force feed you Spam till you burst. Spoilers okay! You have been warned. Continue reading

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crime, Reviews, TV

Series recap – London Spy

For Dead Good I reviewed all five episodes of the brilliant BBC drama London Spy. Be warned these are episode recaps as much as reviews and so are chock-full-o-spoilers.

Episode 1 review

Episode 2 review

Episode 3 review

Episode 4 review

Episode 5 review

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crime, Movies, Reviews

Before Sicario, there was Amat Escalante’s Heli – review

Recently I saw Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, a thriller about a US law enforcement officer’s attempt to break a Mexican drug cartel. The film is terrific, one of this year’s best, and I will tell you more about it nearer its release in a month or so. Sicario is full of suspense, and has the resources and hardware one would expect of a big budget American film, watching it I was reminded of a number of movies, from Zero Dark Thirty to Heat to the Brazilian Elite Squad films. One film that I did not expect to be reminded of was Amat Escalante’s Heli, one of the most brutally depressing and un-Hollywood films I’ve seen in the last few years. So in advance of Sicario’s release, here is my review of Heli from a few year’s back. Continue reading

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crime, Home ents, London Film Festival, Movies

Review – A Hard Day

Just noticed that the Korean thriller A Hard Day is available on Amazon Prime Instant, I saw this at last year’s LFF instead of going to see Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini biopic which had a queue out the door (a perfect example of a ‘festival bubble’ film). A Hard Day sadly is not all that great, but I’m still sure I made the right decision. Continue reading

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