Destroy All Monsters: Systems Of Control In CAROL

Some spoilers for Carol. Carol is one of the best films of the year, beautifully mounted by Todd Haynes, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. It pays close attention to the tools of its trade: framing, composition, editing, and sound choices... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Alien From The STAR WARS Universe?

(What? Of course this is an alien, she's from another planet, ain't she?) So, yeah, Star Wars is happening again, and the hype is stronger than even I imagined, and I'm old enough to have seen this happen quite a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Critical Distance: Will STAR WARS Reveal The Real J.J. Abrams?

Will the real J.J. Abrams finally be revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Abrams has directed five films, four of which have been franchise installments. So far, the only one that has felt personal is Super 8. He followed... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Pretty Packaging: BODY DOUBLE Gets A French Edition To Double-Dip For

Earlier this year, French distributor Carlotta Films announced that they would be releasing a new series of "Ultra Collector" boxsets. Aiming at four releases a year, each of these would feature a remastered edition of a beloved (yet underrated) film,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of David Thewlis

This week, Brian Helgeland's film Legend goes wide in North America, and the film stars Tom Hardy as the identical Cray twins. But there are more stellar actors in that cast, one of them being David Thewlis. And he is... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: "Our Lot In Life" - Droid Personhood In STAR WARS

Is BB-8 a boy? A girl? A non-gendered utility device? I don't know. And I'm off the internet through the release of The Force Awakens because honestly, I don't want to find out. I mentioned who was playing Captain Phasma... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Will You Go See THE HATEFUL EIGHT On 70MM, Or 4K, Or 42 Inch?

In a few weeks we can all go watch Quentin Tarantino's new western The Hateful Eight. And the director has a famously strong opinion on HOW you should go watch it: on the biggest possible screen, and specifically projected using... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Blu-ray Review: DOWNHILL RACER Snaps Into Sharp Focus On Criterion

Here's what the Criterion Collection is good for: equal parts enshrining of significant milestones in the art of film (see last week's review of Ikiru), and the championing of striking works of filmcraft that have somehow slipped from the narrative... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Destroy All Monsters: DOCTOR WHO Is A Hell Of A Bird

Spoilers for series 9 of Doctor Who. Tension has been building between stories and truth throughout Steven Moffat's tenure as showrunner on Doctor Who. A nod here, a theme there; I've previously confessed my fondness for the Eleventh Doctor story... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: On The 16th Of December, I Will...

So, yeah. New Star Wars is coming, in 3D and 3D IMAX even. Will you be making an extra effort to see it on opening day, if possible? Finish this sentence: "On the 16th of December, I will..." Possible answers... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Consent And The Superhero In MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES

If the Marvel Netflix properties this year have demonstrated anything, it's that the movie series' perceived lack of bench-strength in the villain department might not be a matter of character, but rather of format. People like to pick on Lee... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Donald Sutherland

This week, the grand finale of The Hunger Games trilo-whoops-quadrilogy arrives in cinemas, with the adventures of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen coming to a close. Pierce Conran saw the ending and quite liked it, as he stated in his review.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The STAR WARS Prequel Films Aren't The Worst Movies Ever Made, Just The Most Disappointing

As we approach the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I've been noodling the idea of writing some sort of defense of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. If stirring up the comments section is an objective of any "think... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Team TwitchFilm On: SPECTRE

(Bond may be back, but so is the nefarious organization known as Team TwitchFilm!) Last week, Sam Mendes' second Bond film Spectre got its wide release in the United States, and loads of other places as well. By sheer... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: THEEB vs. BONE TOMAHAWK (Film School In A Can)

Spoilers below for Bone Tomahawk and Theeb. Last week I caught up to S. Craig Zahler's Bone Tomahawk, which is being justly lauded as a terrific bit of under-the-radar genre storytelling well worth seeking out. I say "storytelling" instead of... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Juliette Binoche

This week sees the premiere of The 33, Patricia Riggen's film about the true-life tale of 33 miners who became trapped for nearly 70 days. The film is a veritable who-is-who of Spanish and Latin American actors who are somewhat... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The James Bond Continuity Vortex Is Why You're Wrong About SPECTRE

"I've been here before" is the first line in Sam Smith's execrable title track for the latest James Bond movie, Spectre. (Read the Twitch review by Ard Vijn right here.) To a widely observed extent, that line could be the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Ralph Fiennes

This week, Spectre arrived in North American cinemas, and is expected to break all sorts of records. Whether the film deserves that is up for grabs: my personal opinion is that this is one of the weaker Bonds for reasons... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Is THE FORCE AWAKENS The End Of The STAR WARS Action Figures?

With nothing going on at the movies or on TV over the weekend, I ticked another item off my to-do list and rewatched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. I did this as a protective measure against... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: To Boldly Go... Where?

Yesterday the news hit the Internet that the Star Trek franchise keeps Trekking, and not just in cinemas but also as a new streaming television series. My first reaction was "Cool!", but afterwards it got me thinking: exactly WHY do... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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