Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Michael Sheen, Candice Bergen, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky Director: Hallie Meyers-Shyer Alice (Witherspoon) is an almost divorced single mother, and the daughter of a famous film maker. When she winds up allowing three young men to move in (Alexander, Wolff and Rudnitsky) she finds her life turned upside down, and… Continue reading Home Again (2017)
Let's Get Stuck Into... is a podcast from ScreenMayhem.com which focuses on sets of five films from different influential film personalities and masters of cinema. It's a really fascinating and fun podcast, and I had a really great time recording this one, about Studio Ghibli and the often overlooked teen drama Whisper Of The Heart.… Continue reading Podcast: Studio Ghibli and Whisper of the Heart on ScreenMayhem.com
Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie Director: James Franco Back in the early 2000's, a man called Tommy Wiseau made a film called The Room. It's one of the weirdest, worst films ever. And yet... it's so bad that it's incredibly entertaining. It's reached cult status over the years, and has regularly… Continue reading The Disaster Artist (2017)
Starring: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark Director: Nicolas Roeg When David Bowie died recently, the huge outpouring of grief was quite a beautiful thing. Imagine touching people’s lives like that, and inspiring so many people? My first experience with Bowie was in his film work, as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth, which has… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis Director: Raoul Walsh Roy Earle (Bogart) is a well known criminal recently released from prison, and whose old boss tasks him with aiding a group of inexperienced criminals to rob a resort. But of course, things aren't going to go as planned. Before this film, Bogart was still… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: High Sierra (1941)
In a small town in Missouri, Mildred (McDormand) takes out advertising on three billboards that ask the local police chief why there have been no arrests in the case of the rape and murder of her daughter. It’s a small act of defiance, and yet it has some big repercussions.
From the writer/director of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh, it’s a fine return to form for a man whose films tend to have serious tones, violence and yet also humour and some heart felt moments. Taking on the subject of small town America, of incompetent police, dysfunctional family relationships and of course, the deep sadness of losing a child to violence, this film could have been a very different story in the hands of someone else. Because whilst it explores the grief of Mildred, it focuses on her strength and her ability to act, her toughness and…
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Excerpt from my article for ScreenMayhem.com. Charles Dickens was a writer who cared deeply about the world and his fellow man. His books were hugely popular, particularly as they were released initially as chapters in magazine serials, so that you had to wait til the next issue to discover what happened to your favourite characters,… Continue reading The Muppet Christmas Carol is 25 years old!
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Olivia Williams, Bill Murray, Brian Cox Director: Wes Anderson Wes Anderson films always have a vintagey, nostalgic feel, and this is present here, though it becomes more developed in his later films. This was his second film, the first being Bottle Rocket, both of which are co-written with Owen Wilson, who often… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Rushmore (1998)
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke Director: Luc Besson Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are special operatives and partners in space, who may just have feelings for each other too. But before they can figure out their relationship, they have to figure out how to stop the threat to Alpha, a… Continue reading Valerian And The City Of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Jennifer Carpenter, Udo Kier Director: S Craig Zahler A man loses his job and discovers that his wife has been cheating on him. He decides to try again with her, and have a baby, and return to running drugs. But when the job goes bad, he finds himself… Continue reading Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)