REVIEW: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

dir. Adam Wingard. Back in 2014, Gareth Edwards – in what would become the first chapter of Legendary’s MonsterVerse – delivered a carefully calibrated reintroduction to the world of Godzilla, one which often only hinted at the creatures and put the human cost up front and centre. Three films later and Adam Wingard begins hisContinue reading “REVIEW: Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)”

INTERVIEW: Jill Gevargizian (director, THE STYLIST)

“I don’t want everyone to be sad, but I do love tragic stories: they’re beautiful in some crazy way.” Spoilers A breakout hit on 2020’s festival circuit, Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist premiered on Arrow Player earlier this year and has now received a limited edition Blu-ray release. Here we sit down with the director toContinue reading “INTERVIEW: Jill Gevargizian (director, THE STYLIST)”

REVIEW: Safe Inside (2019)

dir. Renata Gabryjelska. Travelling across France young lovers Ana (Andrea Tivadar) and Tom (Tom Ainsley) are looking for work, but after an accident caused by a reckless bus driver they find themselves lost and stumble upon a remote estate. Offered work by the estate owner Richard (Steven Brand) the couple find themselves cut off fromContinue reading “REVIEW: Safe Inside (2019)”

REVIEW: The Amusement Park (2019)

dir. George A. Romero. Casting a long, bespectacled shadow over horror – and arguably American New Wave cinema in general – the influence of George A. Romero is nothing less than titanic. Much like the man himself, a “gentle giant” who stood at nearly two meters tall, his films were defining beacons of genre throughContinue reading “REVIEW: The Amusement Park (2019)”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Constructing and Resurrecting the Ideal Woman – A Portrait of Judy Barton in VERTIGO (1958) – PART II

Concluding her two-part analysis, Rebecca McCallum continues her investigation into the representation of gender in Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Power and Possession Scottie believes he is following Madeline without her knowledge, but in actual fact she is leading him, albeit under the direction of Elster. On one occasion he follows her to a graveyard, linking Judy toContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Constructing and Resurrecting the Ideal Woman – A Portrait of Judy Barton in VERTIGO (1958) – PART II”

REVIEW: A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

dir. John Krasinski. As with so many 2020 releases, A Quiet Place Part II was initially postponed ‘for the foreseeable future’: in contrast however to other projects that found a home on VOD director Krasinski assured audiences that the follow-up to his 2018 shocker would eventually welcome audiences back to theatres (though unbeknownst to himContinue reading “REVIEW: A Quiet Place Part II (2020)”

REVIEW: Caveat (2020)

dir. Damian Mc Carthy. In a dank and rotting room Olga (Leila Sykes) steps cautiously into the light, blood trickling from her nose. In one outstretched hand she grasps a child’s toy – a drumming rabbit with upturned eyes – which she points ahead like a flashlight, as if it might illuminate something before her.Continue reading “REVIEW: Caveat (2020)”

REVIEW: To Your Last Death (2019)

dir. Jason Axinn. Miriam (Dani Lennon) is having a rough day: the main backer of her non-profit peace organisation has pulled out and her estranged father, the war-mongering billionaire Cyrus DeKalb (Ray Wise), has summoned her and her siblings for a mysterious meeting. After this summit goes even worse than expected a stranger gives herContinue reading “REVIEW: To Your Last Death (2019)”

REVIEW: Max Reload and the Nether Blasters (2020)

dir. Scott Conditt & Jeremy Tremp. Max Jenkins (Tom Plumley) is generally happy with his lot in life: he has a cushy job at the local video game store, is climbing the national gamer rankings and his loyal friends and colleagues Lizzie (Hassie Harrison) and Reggie (Joey Morgan) have his back in both the virtualContinue reading “REVIEW: Max Reload and the Nether Blasters (2020)”

HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Constructing and Resurrecting the Ideal Woman – A Portrait of Judy Barton in VERTIGO (1958) – PART I

In the first of a new regular series Rebecca McCallum investigates gender in the films of Alfred Hitchcock, beginning with a two-part analysis of the incomparable Vertigo. A psychological vortex with no resolution, Vertigo is an intoxicating exploration of love, obsession and the unobtainable. Set amongst the cultural landmarks of San Francisco, retired detective ScottieContinue reading “HITCHCOCK’S WOMEN: Constructing and Resurrecting the Ideal Woman – A Portrait of Judy Barton in VERTIGO (1958) – PART I”