The Highwaymen, in which a pair of Texas Rangers come out of retirement to catch the infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde is not your typical buddy cop movie.  Nor is it your standard Bonnie & Clyde fare. In fact, there’s a sense the film doesn’t quite know what it is. It is at its best when it is essentially […]

Focusing on an “illegal” mission to steal a drug lord’s fortune, Triple Frontier (2019)  initially appears to be more than just your typical heist movie.  In setting up an assassination plot against a violent and oppressive criminal, things start to look especially interesting when it is revealed that our heroes’ motivations are essentially based on greed.  Yet the […]

“Show don’t tell” is a well worn instruction in literary teaching and “Dramatise, don’t surmonize” is a version of the instruction, which has been issued to aspiring filmmakers who wish to convey a moral message.  but some films choose to neither show nor tell but rather to allow an audience to drawn their own conclusions.  Let’s call […]

Several of the ingredients of a waste of celluloid can be found in Can You Ever Forgive Me.  Namely, a debut feature* from a relatively unknown female director** which is a Biography*** about an author no one remembers, starring Melissa McCarthy****.   Yet by casting against type, Director Marielle Heller has unearthed a performance from a comedic Actress […]

Rapper / Producer Boots Riley’s directorial debut is evidence of a singular vision, years in the making which is completely unique in style.  Ostensibly a Comedy about the moral dangers of greed, Sorry To Bother You  sets out its stall early as a kind of dream-like hyper-reality which becomes increasingly twisted.   “From the sublime to the ridiculous” may […]

Money Monster has an interesting premise.  The arrogant, show-off Anchor of a popular Financial TV show is taken hostage live on air by a viewer who followed the advice of the show to a ruinous end. Initially it seems there’s a chance to see something different here.  Chiefly, Clooney playing an unlikeable character.  Very soon however, the promise of […]

Hi, Let me take your coat.  Sit down, relax. Would you like a glass of wine? So how was your day?  Sounds tedious.  Yeah, I can’t wait to Netflix and chill either.  I’m glad you mentioned it actually, I was thinking we might try something a little…’different’ tonight.  Now it’ll be uncomfortable at first, maybe even jarring.  Wait, hear me out. That’s just the […]

It’s difficult to tell whether Gore Verbinski’s tongue is planted firmly in his cheek throughout A Cure For Wellness but given the film’s running time of 2 hours and 26 minutes, such a feat would likely require the meddling of a twisted surgeon. The film is true to its billing as a ‘Gothic’ thriller with […]

This essay explores how the characters in In the Mood for Love (Kar-Wai Wong, 2000) progress in the context of the time and space Wong has created.   The essay will specifically examine how both main characters’ significant yet subtle character progression is demonstrated in the mise-en-scene and editing of In the Mood for Love rather than the limiting narrative conventions […]