• Morris from America

    Morris from America

    This film (about black people) was directed by a white man and you can tell.

  • Joy

    Joy

    Joy is a film about a mop. It's about as exciting as you'd expect a film about a mop to be, which is to say NOT AT ALL.

    Not a review obviously but a few quick thoughts that I couldn't squash into a pithy tweet:

    I'm no fan of David O. Russell (The Fighter: forgettable; Silver Linings Playbook: embarrassing but made watchable by Cooper and Lawrence; American Hustle: unbearable). In general, I find his camerawork chaotic and rhythmless, his plotting…

  • Lost River

    Lost River

    Ryan, babe. What a mess.

    It's beautifully lensed (duh, Benoit Debie shot it) but it's crushingly blank and crucially, without stakes.

    I'd argue that a film without a plot can succeed if the characters are interesting and fully-realised. Similarly, it doesn't always matter if characters are empty ciphers if the story is compelling. Lost River lacks a cogent narrative AND actual characters. It is barely a movie. It is a vapid fucking ghost of an idea of some shots in…

  • The Big Chill

    The Big Chill

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Docking half a star because AS IF Sarah would let Meg sleep with Harold.

  • The Past

    The Past

    ★★★★★

    Farhadi = Iranian Shakespeare

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    Now we're cooking with gas.

    Quick thoughts: I hate to bandy about the 'M' word but this really does feel like the first masterpiece I've seen this year. It really is like nothing else I've ever seen; the cinema verite of the scenes in the white van (oh how I loved the subversion of making a succubus' mode of transportation so decidedly unsexy - and the car most associated with dodgy men) is of such stark contrast with the creepy…

  • Drinking Buddies

    Drinking Buddies

    ★★★★

    This is a film about how as a girl, you just can't win. Even if you are Olivia Wilde.

    The poster for this film reminded me of the poster for Bad Teacher (ow.ly/sILz2). Hence why I thought I would hate this film.

    However, my crush on Nick from New Girl (Jake Johnson) led me to Joe 'Mumblecore' Swanberg's latest offering. And I really liked it!

    Not at first, though. I tried to watch it a few nights ago and got…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There's something about The Wolf of Wall Street that jars with me.

    Quick thoughts: Let's start with the good. Leo DiCaprio gives what might be a career-best performance (a wilder, funnier riff on his Jay Gatsby?) as the debaucherous Jordan Belfort. He's one of this generation's best working actors and this particular performance is as supple and charismatic as anything else he's ever done. I also had a lot of time for McConaughey's brief (too brief) appearance as Belfort's professional…