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
As a prospect for an evening at the movies director Rufus Norris and writer Alecky Blythe’s film London Road is (at least superficially) about as hard a sell as is imaginable.
Beginning around Christmas 2006, the film looks at the effect of a series of murders and the media furore they provoke upon a working class community in Ipswich. When the film begins, the city is now in a state of near lockdown as the killer is at large. The victims were prostitutes who had been plying their trade around a residential street called London Road to the widespread dismay of those dwelling there. The subsequent arrest of a suspect from the street brings a major police investigation and an unprecedented level of press attention. Continue reading
Let’s not pussy foot around, this early eighties cult musical is likely to drive most of you up the wall faster than a cat punted by a star quarterback. Made over three years by Richard Elfman primarily as a record of the cabaret performances of his musical cabaret troupe The Mystical Knights of the Oingo Boingo, Forbidden Zone evolved into a demented comedy musical. The film’s influences are many and varied including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, German expressionism, Betty Boop cartoons and underground 60s comix. Continue reading
My review of Canadian bubblegum retro sci-fi kitsch musical Bang Bang Baby is up on the Verite blog. Films not so great, but it features a winning lead performance from Jane Levy.