You Were Never Really Here

There's an awful lot packed into these 85 minutes, and they're all pretty intense. Joaquin Phoenix is not averse to taking on an enigmatic role, and this fits the bill. Enigmatic in that he says little and with no exposition, the audience is left to work out what's happening by simply following the action and … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here


A film that does the big things well and messes up the small things. The world-building is beautiful - the shimmer, the flora, the fauna. The ideas present are fascinating - the notion of cells multiplying and spreading, the doppergänger, the unreliable narrator, the ambiguity. The notion that we are self-destructive beings one way or another. These … Continue reading Annihiliation

Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

The word is dignity. Daniela Vega imbues Marina with such dignity, and it makes beautiful viewing. It’s a stunning, delicate performance which deserves all the plaudits it is receiving. The film is rooted in the truth of Marina’s situation, the resilience she finds to deal with her travails and the choices she makes as to … Continue reading Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

Red Sparrow

In Jennifer Lawrence’s fourth collaboration with director Francis Lawrence (previously having worked together on three of the Hunger Games films), Lawrence plays Dominika Egorova – a highly talented Russian ballet dancer who also cares for her sick mother. But her career is cut short by a terrible injury, and her Uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts) offers … Continue reading Red Sparrow

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

So I'm wondering how can a film with such an array of great performances actually end up not quite working. And I guess it has to be in the writing? I really enjoyed Frances McDormand, Caleb Landry Jones and Lucas Hedges. I think Peter Dinklage is an extremely talented actor who should be given more … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri