12 Years a Slave
Drama / Films

12 Years a Slave

McQueen’s films are occasionally difficult to watch; taking an unflinching and quasi-documentary approach to their lurid, bordering on body-horror styled subject matter. Considering the director’s relative newcomer status, McQueen’s first two movies – 2008’s Hunger and 2011’s Shame – garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, with viewers praising McQueen’s measured directing and his mature … Continue reading

Spring Breakers
Comedy / Drama / Films

Spring Breakers

It’s interesting that two of the most talked about films of 2013 – Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers – share a lot of the same themes; youthful hedonistic excess, the need for instant gratification, a sense of disassociated responsibility and a detachment from reality. And of course, crime. Whereas Coppola’s … Continue reading

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Films / Horror

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Francis Ford Coppola has made some of the greatest movies of all time, and remains one of the world’s most influential filmmakers. The Conversation, The Godfather and it’s sequel, and Apocalypse Now were all seminal, cinema-altering movies which went some way to defining the American New Wave. Sadly, Coppola never really adapted once the Hollywood … Continue reading

Gravity
Action/Adventure / Films / Science Fiction / Thriller

Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. His back-catalogue is impressive – from the emotional, tragedic-comedy road trip of Y Tu Mamá También, to the blinding and powerful Children of Men, even to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the most creative and most-accomplished movie in the Potter franchise. Then there’s been interesting … Continue reading

Eyes Wide Shut
Drama / Films

Eyes Wide Shut

Eyes Wide Shut received a lot of attention upon its release. Kubrick’s bizarre sex odyssey was separated from the rest of his filmography by a 12 year gap – the director hadn’t made a movie since Full Metal Jacket in 1987, and critics were keen to see what had brought the reclusive Kubrick out of hibernation. This focus was further … Continue reading

Drive
Films / Thriller

Drive

It’s hard to believe that Drive initially started as an action vehicle for Hugh Jackman before landing in the hands of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn – a man best known for his brutal Pusher trilogy – with Ryan Gosling firmly established in the lead role. The film, based on James Sallis’s unusual and dark crime novel, … Continue reading

Platoon
Action/Adventure / Films / Thriller

Platoon

There are, arguably, four big movies about the Vietnam war – Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Full Metal Jacket, and Platoon. These are the movies which have come to define the event in public consciousness, though the big four themselves – directed by, in order, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Cimino, Stanley Kubrick and Oliver Stone … Continue reading