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From “La La Land” to the stars – “First Man” shows Chazelle’s stellar quality

“We need to fail. We need to fail down here, so we don’t fail up there”, says Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, ahead of the launch of Apollo 11. One wonders, then, at which point in the career trajectory of 33-year…

Bravo, A24

Question: What do ‘Locke’, ‘Under the Skin’, ‘Ex Machina’, ‘The Lobster’, ‘Room’, ‘The Witch’, ‘Moonlight’, ‘It Comes At Night’, ‘The Florida Project’, ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Lady Bird’ have in common? Let’s start with the blindingly obvious – they are…

Secrets of Netflix – “Under the Shadow” (2016)

Under the Shadow (2016), dir. Babak Anvari, starring Narges Rashidi and Avin Manshadi I believe that horror, done properly, can be the most entertaining, informative cinematic experience of all. To my delight – but, generally, not of those I drag…

“Loveless” is another gem from a visionary director

Loveless (2018), dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, starring Maryana Spivak and Aleksey Rozin A film entitled ‘Loveless’, released on the Friday before Valentine’s Day? It was always likely to pique my intrigue. Of course, that Andrey Zvyagintsev, the masterful auteur of ‘Leviathan’…

Secrets of Netflix – Super Dark Times (2017)

Super Dark Times (2017), dir. Kevin Phillips, starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan and Elizabeth Cappuccino   A film titled ‘Super Dark Times’ is, of course, seemingly apt for the world we live in today (see: Trump, Brexit, and Owen Wilson…

Secrets of Netflix – Creep 2 (2017)

Creep 2 (2017), dir. Patrick Brice, starring: Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan In a world where each and every horror film is subjected to sequels, prequels, and … whatever ‘Annabelle: Creation’ was, I should have expected a Creep 2. Thankfully,…

Secrets of Netflix: “Creep” (2014)

Creep (2014), dir. Patrick Brice, starring: Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice Creep is maybe my favourite found-footage film of recent years, a genre that is much aligned by the supernatural (thanks, Blair Witch), and which, ironically, has failed to penetrate…