Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Who doesn’t love a good Cold War-era espionage thriller? I must admit that I am quite a devotee of the period, and I always have been fascinated by works of fiction that locate themselves within that period. John le Carré has, for a very long time, been one of the foremost figures in Cold War…

Alien (1979)

Dear readers, what would my career as a cinephile and film writer be without occasional hesitant admissions towards terribly embarrassing cinematic blind-spots? It would be almost non-existent, and I really do have quite a confession to make today – up until tonight, I had never seen a single film in the Alien franchise, and while I…

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017)

There is something so delightful and satisfying of seeing a film go through its stages of development, and then finally watching the film after having followed its production so closely, albeit from a distance. I have been a fan of Noah Baumbach since I saw his incredible The Squid and the Whale over a decade…

Meantime (1983)

One of the reasons I admire Mike Leigh and consider him one of the greatest writers and directors of all time is the manner in which he presents reality through his films. Each of his films, while differing in tone and central plot, are exquisite meditations on reality and the problems with living in a specific…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

In 1982, Ridley Scott redefined science fiction with his adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? in his groundbreaking neo-noir Blade Runner. Now 35 years later, we have finally been able to enter into that incredible futuristic realm that Scott created, this time through the eyes of one of the greatest…

Matchstick Men (2003)

There is sometimes nothing I love more than a good crime thriller, and normally heist or con films seem to take the position as some of the most entertaining films, as they rely on some very cheap but exciting thrills that doesn’t require too much from the audience except a little attention. It also helps…

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Let me take you back many years to a time when I was a neophyte of a cinephile, and there were a few names I encountered that seemed definitive markers of audacity and notable reputation when it came to cinema. One such name was Spike Lee, who I consider to be one of the most…

Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973)

Oh boy. Where do I even start? Honestly, I don’t know where to begin when talking about Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood. I cannot honestly remember the last time a film made me this unbelievably angry. How it manages to be one of the most frustratingly odd films I have ever seen is beyond me, and…

The Little Hours (2017)

I am not entirely sure where to start when talking about The Little Hours. Perhaps we can consider it Ken Russell’s The Devils if it had been made by Judd Apatow, but even that feels a bit too safe and doesn’t actually encapsulate this bizarre film that I found myself enjoying far more than I…

Stronger (2017)

I like to think of myself as someone with a relatively refined taste in cinema, and I often criticize films that rely on sentiment and emotion to make a statement. However, at the same time, I readily admit that I am essentially a sucker for a good emotional catharsis, granted the film that does the…

The Cable Guy (1996)

Since I started this blog years ago, I have reviewed nearly every film I’ve seen in that period. Its brought me so much joy and helped me discover new and exciting films and filmmakers and have my thoughts on them articulated. However, it has also allowed me the opportunity to write about films that I…

Spa Night (2016)

I love cinema (this is brand new information, isn’t it?), and perhaps what I find most alluring about cinema is how it is formed out of the creative need to simply tell stories. Perhaps one can accuse blockbuster tentpole films and franchises of simply seeking out the solace of the almighty dollar, which is an…