Mary Harron: directing the undirectable

It’s hard not to feel depressingly boring when you interview Mary Harron. She’s incredibly rock’n’roll, wearing leather trousers at 50 which I can’t pull off at 20, and confidently moves from talking about her childhood spent on film sets (her first step-mother was scouted by Stanley Kubrick) to Christian Bale’s “bionic” ability to sweat on command. 

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Review: Chappie

Neill Blomkamp’s roots as a visual effects artist have always been clear in his directorial work. His aliens and robots have a distinct fluidity, and his dusty aesthetic complements the dangerous, criminal atmosphere that pervades each film. In Chappie, however, the inclination towards visuals is a curse. The film gives the impression that Blomkamp was […]

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Expectations were high when Marvel announced its first live-action television series, but every new episode reveals the greater depths of mediocrity that the show can sink to. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D follows the fictional peacekeeping and spy agency of the Marvel universe, and as one of the characters so eloquently puts it: “it means we’re the […]

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Review: Whiplash

It’s a film about a drummer. That’s the easiest way to sum up Whiplash. A film about a drummer. It’s hard to sell a film on that premise, and the easiest way to do so is to not make the film about drumming at all. True, you do see a sweaty Miles Teller (playing protagonist […]

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Review: Kingsman

Kingsman: The Secret Service bears all the marks of the kind of film only Matthew Vaughn could have directed. Indeed, it seems he was almost fated to do so. Vaughn has confessed that, pre-Casino Royale, he came remarkably close to being tasked with the rebooting of the James Bond franchise, though things didn’t pan out. […]

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Review: Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher, a depiction of the troubled relationship between millionaire John DuPont and Olympic winners Dave and Mark Schultz (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum respectively) has been doing the rounds recently, being critically lauded as a perfect depiction of DuPont’s near-obsessive involvement in wrestling. It has been seen through a multitude of thematic lenses, ranging from […]

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