The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

Winston Churchill is a divisive character, a quick look at the discussions taking place online around "The Darkest Hour" will reveal exactly how divisive.  The darker parts of his life story though have to be put to one side when watching Joe Wright's intimate portrait of the first few days of Churchill's Premiership.  This is [...]

Insidious – The Last Key

Insidious – The Last Key

Many of my favourite movies are horrors; The Exorcist, The Shining, Halloween, Ringu, Kuroneko, Jigoku, The Omen...I could go on and on.  Great horror films don't just provide jump scares, blood and monsters they also induce a sense of genuine fear, have something to say about the world, sex, families, religion and so much more.   [...]

Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game

A true story doesn't always mean an interesting story and it certainly doesn't always mean a good film.  The history of cinema is littered with turgid true tales.  Often even an interesting truth can make for a less than fascinating couple of hours in a darkened cinema.  The formula for turning the truth into movie [...]

A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins 

A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins 

***This review was originally posted on myfilms2010*** This is not the story of children in film. This is a story of children in film.Maybe though it isn't really a story at all.Maybe story isn't all that important.Children are important.Childhood is important.This is a poem about children and about childhood.This film is poetry in motion.This film is, like all great poetry, pure [...]

Hostiles

Hostiles

The themes, iconography, stories and imagery of the Western rarely stay out of the mainstream for very long, right now "Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri" is one of the most talked about and anticipated films of the year (already) and despite its contemporary setting it is, very clearly, a Western.  "Hostiles" though is  Western, [...]