Berlinale Review – Logan | James Mangold

Superhero films are not very good. Sure, it was widely acknowledged that Suicide Squad and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice were both weak sauce, but Marvel are hardly purveyors of beauty and truth. Formally, they contribute nothing of worth to cinema and actually detract from the medium as even less competent films attempt to […]

Berlinale Review – Centaur | Aktan Arym Kubat

“Horses are the wings of men.” Centaur opens with this Kyrgyz proverb about the magic of horse-riding and then proceeds to demonstrate it, visually, as the eponymous horse thief steals a thoroughbred and gallops off into the night, his hands lifted triumphantly into the air. This enchanting opening is the highlight of Aktan Arym Kubat’s […]

Berlinale Review – The Dinner | Oren Moverman

The Berlinale has, so far, featured two films in competition about politicians arguing over the course of a dinner (or an intended one, anyway). While Sally Potter’s The Party is occasionally clumsy, it is also outrageously funny and a world away from the absolute slog that is Oren Moverman’s The Dinner. The most compelling reason […]

A Series of Unfortunate Events Review – VODzilla.co

I write regularly for VODzilla, a website that specialises in writing about films and television available via streaming. You can read my work here. Recently I wrote about A Series of Unfortunate Events, a new TV series from Netflix.

Netflix UK TV review: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Stop reading this review. It’s only here to talk about a new Netflix show that you really shouldn’t watch, not unless you want to have an utterly horrible time watching something grimly inventive with an utterly macabre sense of humour. Perhaps you enjoy watching a hammy actor trying to access the fortune of three fiendishly intelligent children. Maybe you like laughing at hilariously exaggerated misery and production design that oozes gothic gloom. Yet this is a most upsetting tale and this review will only compound the misery by detailing the various ways in which the Baudelaire orphans suffer, so only read on if you are prepared to hear stories of frightful villainy and violence against some rather remarkable children.

Think Theology – Silence Review

I reviewed Martin Scorsese’s Silence for Christian theology blog Think Theology.

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A black screen. The escalating hum of cicadas. One word appears on screen as the noise stops. Silence. Then, the camera slowly reveals hot springs in the Japanese mountains, almost a beautiful sight until you realise why we are there. Five western missionaries are having the scalding hot water poured slowly over their skin, while a sixth, Padre Ferreira, is forced to watch.

It’s a stark, disturbing and gripping opening to Martin Scorsese’s latest. It lets you know that you are in for a harrowing 161 minutes, as relayed by someone in complete control of his craft. Silence is a masterpiece and it led to probably the most profound spiritual encounter I’ve ever had in a cinema.