Where does one begin with The Leftovers? It’s safe to say it’s like no other show out there. For sure, it has shades of other shows, mostly drama. But there’s … Continue reading The Leftovers: season two review
Is your screenplay complete without a good elevator scene? Probably not. As a director can you forgive yourself for not including one? No. So there’s the argument, an open-and-shut case. … Continue reading Top 10 elevator scenes in movies
And so there was a big bang and then… A brief history of Stephen Hawking came to pass. An as Englishman I sometimes forget that, as a global power, we … Continue reading The Theory of Everything: Redmayne and Jones dazzle and delight
In the last fifteen or twenty years, which actor do you go to for deranged and unhinged? Nic Cage? Jack Nicholson maybe? Actors who were wild in their youth tend … Continue reading Birdman: Keaton’s sad sack soars and swoops
I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. I bet when Bing Crosby sang that his vision was about as far removed from Charlie Brooker’s one as you could get. There’s only … Continue reading Black Mirror: White Christmas review
Phase 2 of Ben Affleck’s career just keeps impressing. It probably started with Gone Baby Gone in 2006, which he wrote and directed. Then The Town in 2010, in which … Continue reading Gone Girl: A love letter to marriage
Jake Gyllenhaal has had an interesting career so far. He’s made good choices and played interesting parts. But then, you could argue he started out in Donnie Darko, so he hit the ground running. With Nightcrawler he’s gone up another level.
Homeland without Brody is a strange, new place. One that could develop into something quite suspenseful and intriguing.
Are you an art-house guru? Are you familiar with the work of Belgian filmmaker brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne? If the answer is no then you’re like me and will … Continue reading Two days, one night: a Marion Cotillard showcase
The first season of a new show based on a film could go one of two ways… obviously. In that it could sink like a soggy souffle or it could … Continue reading Fargo: first season review