The Godfather Trilogy
Drama / Films

The Godfather Trilogy

Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather series – at least, the first two movies – have long been held up as a kind of cinematic watermark. The Godfather is widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made; in fact, The Godfather is widely considered the greatest movie ever made, period, whilst its follow-up, The Godfather Part … Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street
Comedy / Drama / Films

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013 was the year of excess – the year Hollywood was drawn to decadence, impossible wealth and suspect morals. First there was Korine’s surreal and artistic Spring Breakers, then, Sofia Coppola’s vapid, but comically chilling The Bling Ring, and finally Baz Luhrmann’s misguided and overblown on the Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby. The final … Continue reading

The Bling Ring
Comedy / Films

The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola has always been concerned by the lifestyles of the wealthy, casting a casual eye over the disaffected and disaffecting world in which the upper classes live. Her movies – Marie Antonette, and Lost in Translation – tend to focus on the semi-absurdity of wealth and fame, often using money and status as a … Continue reading

Only God Forgives
Drama / Films / Thriller

Only God Forgives

Nicolas Winding Refn’s and Ryan Gosling’s previous collaboration, Drive, was a great critical success and has in the years since its release developed a vast cult following. The appeal of that movie hangs primarily on its mixing of genres, with Refn treating B-movie material with an A-movie focus and pushing style, atmosphere and emotion through fantastic, … Continue reading

Taxi Driver
Drama / Films / Thriller

Taxi Driver

Martin Scorsese remains one of cinema’s strongest filmmakers, best known for classics such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and Mean Streets, with Taxi Driver standing out as the high point of his career. Taxi Driver, directed by Scorsese but written by Paul Schrader,  is a phenomenal movie, often found at the top end of greatest ever lists, and with good reason … Continue reading