Tag Archives: cinematography

Good Time (2017): “You ever do time before?”

Motivated by an almost ferocious love for his intellectually disabled brother, Nick, and an explosive mix of desperation and thirst for a better life, the abrasive and fledgling criminal, Connie, involves his sibling in an ill-conceived bank robbery that swears to be a quick and easy job. Instead, things go utterly wrong, and Nick will […]

Thoughts on… Boxing Helena (1993)

Directed by Jennifer Lynch (a familiar film business surname, being David Lynch’s daughter), Boxing Helena (1993) is one of those films that you only really want/need to watch just once. It’s meant to be a romantic mystery thriller with a body horror twist, but the film’s reputation almost precedes itself. Its synopsis is as follows: […]

Blindspot 2017: Sucker Punch (2011)

Zack Snyder’s fifth film and his first foray as the triple threat of director, producer, and writer, Sucker Punch is a story about badass females seeking to escape disempowerment; a fantasy within a fantasy, a multilayered narrative of young women fighting against oppression and abuse. The film’s synopsis is as follows: A young girl (Emily […]

Blindspot 2017: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The English-language remake of the Swedish book and film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) is directed by David Fincher, and as a result is subject to many of his classic directorial Fincher-isms. The film’s synopsis is as follows: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Allied (2016)

What happens when the woman you love might not be who she says she is? What happens then, when you have a life and a child together? A romantic thriller set in a time of war, spies and secrecy, Allied (2016, dir. Robert Zemeckis) is led by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, and is set […]

Mother Joan of the Angels (1961): Quick-shot review!

Looks like I have an interest in Polish films about nuns. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) is a creepy drama, focusing on the sociological and psychological phenomenon of mass hysteria and its interpretation within a religious context as demonic possession. Directed by¬†Jerzy Kawalerowicz and based on the supposedly true event of the Loudun possessions, […]

Blindspot 2016: The Fall (2006)

Tarsem Singh’s The Fall (2006) is a beautiful, dreamlike film-within-a-film. Its synopsis is as follows: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicolas Winding Refn’s most recent directorial effort, The Neon Demon (2016) is a psychological horror tale of a murderous, bloody-minded fashion industry that attracts young Jesse (Elle Fanning) to Los Angeles. Jesse hopes to become a big time fashion model because being pretty is the only talent she knows. She makes fast friends with make-up […]

Zodiac (2007): “Man is the most dangerous animal of all.”

A beast of a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on a book of the same name by Robert Graysmith, Zodiac (2007) is a story that technically has no ending. Zodiac is a compelling tale of obsession and criminal riddle-solving whilst a serial killer stalks his prey. Its synopsis is as follows: A serial […]

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988): “I’m a man, like everyone else.”

A highly controversial film about the life and human frailties of Jesus Christ, The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, dir. Martin Scorsese) caused quite a stir upon its release. Portraying Jesus as a human man who is tormented by the voice of God as he builds his following and is eventually crucified, the film is […]