Russ Andrews

Russ Andrews

Aspiring fiction writer & cinema essayist. Graduated with Hons in Film Studies & Media Studies. Russandrews81@gmail.com

Favorite films

  • The Deer Hunter
  • Fight Club
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Heartless

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  • Fracture

    ★★

  • Meatballs

    ★★

  • Four Nights of a Dreamer

    ★½

  • Absolute Power

    ★★

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  • Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    Derek DelGaudio's In & of Itself

    ★★★★

    A documentary or a stage performance, Derek DelGuadio calls him self a storyteller and conceptual magician. That may or may not help explain what to expect from this but go in knowing little and there are rewards to be reaped in this one off. Even better, going in blind should help the audience to park any cynicism because ‘In And Of Itself’ explores the idea of self and identity. Worse - for the doubters – it’s obviously mannered and staged…

  • The Hand of God

    The Hand of God

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Paulo Sorrentino’s latest is a semi autobiographical ode to his formative years in Naples. Set against the landmark backdrop of Napoli’s unbelievable purchase of Diego Maradona it’s an understandably intimate portrait. But it’s also warmly funny and poignant, not least as the director unpacks the death of his parents. And brilliantly, as he goes intimate, Sorrentino’s cinema gets expansive. Beyond the chambers of power, whispers in the ears, he finds life. The long tracking shot coming in across the water onto the…

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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★

    Your enjoyment of Trey Edward Shults' 'Krisha' follow-up will depend entirely on what you were sold or what you expect. Expect a scary movie and you'll be sorely, sorely disappointed. Because even though there is a very well-made film here, the longer you pass this off as a slow burner the greater the disappointment will be when there are no scares, few chills and no big climax.  And nothing tangible comes at night. Schults has plenty of options if he…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    CONTAINS SPOILERS
    Let's do this in a Zack Snyder manner then - crass and unconsidered: so, no need for subtlety or nuance as we again see the demise of  the Wayne parents during opening credits (and still the least good telling of this). All Christopher Nolan's good work is undone by this nonsensical mess - lacking levity, including a charisma free Metropolis cast, all only gaining redemption by Ben Affleck's heroic efforts. Want bad guys? Well you can get the…