There Will Be Blood (2007)

What is there to say about There Will Be Blood? It has been a decade since it was released, and it is still, by far, the greatest film of the twenty-first century. I am not simply saying this because I am a huge fan of Paul Thomas Anderson – in fact, There Will Be Blood…

Free Fire (2017)

One complaint always thrust upon action films is that they are too reliant on action sequences, with explosions and gun-fights, which often take the place of character development and plot progression. This very idea seemed to be the reasoning behind Free Fire, the latest from the wonderfully talented Ben Wheatley. The approach is that this…

Raw (2017)

Well…that was most certainly something. Raw (Grave) is a gory, disgusting and demented film, and also an utterly brilliant piece of cinema. This is a film that had me gagging in disgust and applauding in celebration of its pure audacity. If that doesn’t mean this is certainly an experience, then I am not entirely sure…

Mrs Dalloway (1997)

I think Mrs Dalloway is one of the greatest books ever written – extraordinary in its approach to looking at humanity, with a keen sense of humour and a unique structure. It seems to be a book that is pretty much unfilmable, because most of what I liked about Mrs Dalloway can only be garnered…

Wilson (2017)

There are just some films that speak to the individual on a personal level. Many films are made to be relatable to a vast majority of people, but there are also films that are made to appeal to a specific kind of people – and Wilson is one such film. Now I won’t pretend like…

The Hours (2002)

I recently read Virginia Woolf’s beautiful, poignant and highly influential novel, Mrs. Dalloway, and needless to say I adored it. I am firmly in the school of fans of Postmodern literature, so to read an undeniably Modernist novel such as Mrs. Dalloway allows for one to see where the likes of David Foster Wallace, Don…

Ida (2013)

Ida is a film that has a lot going for it – it is a picturesque piece of filmmaking, with some amazing cinematography. It has two very impressive lead performances. It makes great use of black-and-white photography, and it is quite a unique film. However, Ida is a film that suffers from the same symptom…

The Gleaners and I (2000)

The documentary is undeniably one of the most popular forms of filmmaking, because there is something about the truthful conveyance of real events that attract audiences, as evident by the popularity in true-crime documentaries, and stories of amazing human feats of strength or endurance. We are drawn to these stories because it feels like we…

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love is a bizarre film for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I will just reiterate how much I adore Paul Thomas Anderson. I will never pass up the opportunity to heap enormous amounts of praise on him. His worst film is even better than the best films of other filmmakers. Having said…

One Week and a Day (2016)

Death and grieving is not a stranger to cinema. Many films are fascinated with the idea of exploring death and how the loved ones who are left behind deal with the death. It is also a very sensitive subject, because its likely that each and every one of us has lost a loved one, and…

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

What do you get if you combine one of the most popular actors of his generation with one of the greatest, and put them in a Western directed by the man who defined the genre and left an indelible impression on cinema forever? You get The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, a film that combines…

Oldboy (2003)

The year was 2004. The event was the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, and the man was Quentin Tarantino, who was serving as President of the Cannes Film Festival jury. Tarantino is a personal hero of mine (as if you couldn’t surmise that already), and he decided to give the Grand Prix to Oldboy, an ultra-violent…