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  • Byzantium

    Byzantium 2012


    Review first published by LWLies.

    "My story can never be told," says 16-year-old Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) in voiceover at the beginning of Byzantium. There are hints right from the outset that the story she goes on to tell may not be her own – much as director Neil Jordan (Interview With The Vampire) delivers a new monster mythos whose fangless, light-loving, long-nailed bloodsuckers are vampires, but not as we know them.

    There are many stories in Jordan’s film. First there…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island 2010


    First published by EyeforFilm

    It is 1954, in the Boston Harbour Islands. A ferryboat emerges from a thick mist, as belowdecks a man is puking his guts out. This sequence which opens Martin Scorsese's latest opus also sets the tone for what it is to follow, in a film where seemingly everything is shrouded in a fog of mystery, and an air of sickness is never far away.

    The nauseous man is US Marshall Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), heading out…

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  • Nymphomaniac

    Nymphomaniac 2013

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    review from Film4 (slightly altered)

    Descriptive synopsis: Controversial Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier rounds off his 'Trilogy of Depression' with a tale (in two parts) of sexual liberation, oppression and exploitation.

    "Fill all my holes, please."
    It is perhaps not as catchy as the line "Chaos reigns" from Lars von Trier's Antichrist (2009), the first film of the so-called 'Trilogy of Depression' (which Nymphomaniac closes) - but nonetheless it is a line repeated several times by the heroine…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015


    First published by EyeforFilm

    'Mad' Max Rockatansky has had several incarnations, all unified by the (then) winning charisma of a fresh-faced Mel Gibson, by the mad directing skills and archetype-pimping rides of George Miller, and by some practical stuntwork whose palpably high risks only added to the visceral intensity of the action. In Mad Max (1979), he was a rev-head cop driven to vengeance against marauding road gangs in a collapsing society. In Mad Max 2 (1981), he was a…