Submissions Director for Exit 6 Film Festival and one half of the Strangers in a Cinema podcast.
We need a bigger cinema, is the likely response that theatre owners had upon the release of Stephen Spielberg’s Jaws in 1975, widely credited as being the first summer blockbuster, Jaws has become something of a template for big summer releases ever since but it’s been 45 years so it’s exciting to see how this classic holds up on the big screen.
The plot shouldn’t need much introduction but for those not in the know, Jaws is about a killer…
Wildlife, based on the novel by Richard Ford, marks the directorial debut of acclaimed actor Paul Dano and is co-written with his long-term partner Zoe Kazan. They’ve been very open about working together and after Dano took an initial run at the adaption he asked Kazan for notes, she insisted on re-writing it and it has gone back on forth between the couple for a number of years before they were finally ready to film it.
The story focuses (what…
Superb follow up documentary to the cultural phenomenon of 2020 that doesn't shy away from the dark side of the story that we all (myself included) laughed along with back in the first lockdown.
Make no mistake the Netflix show was entertainment masquerading as documentary and Theroux not only adds more weight to the story but isn't shy about highlighting that.
Visually stunning and very smartly written, a blockbuster with a brain and 8 years on it's sad to see there aren't more out there like this.
Coupled with an excellent cast, superb set pieces and the fact that Nolan manages to squeeze some emotion into the mix, Inception is Hollywood filmmaking done well.
For better or worse this is what happens when an auteur gets complete creative control, there's some great moments but it's often too dense for its own good, more than happy to be asked questions by a filmmaker but this felt like it was trying too hard to be abstract. Not my favourite of his films.
The cast however are superb!