I knew 2001 was an iconic film, and that certain set-pieces had entered the common cultural lexicon, but I didn't expect it to be quite so...patiently voyeuristic. Some of the shots are, compared to modern cinema at least, epic in duration and often consist of nothing more than landscapes or lingering character shots. But they work, and more often than not they're stunningly beautiful. The scene where the scientists visit the moon artefact stood out for me: the composition of…
It's not often one considers the sheer logistics of scriptwriting while watching a film, but time and again with The Avengers I found myself thinking "That's some first class character management."
A massively ambitious undertaking, TA manages to scrum 6 superheroes and Sammy Jackson into joint lead roles and comes out all the better for it. Few writers could manage such a feat, but experienced ensemble scribe Joss Whedon pulls it off with such panache you can't help but feel…
Slick as fuck. Probably not the most elegant way to sum up a film but when you find yourself repeating a phrase over and over during the course of one it's probably worth mentioning. Le samourai is without a doubt one of the most stylish films I've ever seen. Everything oozes cool, from the iconic getup of hitman Jef Costello to the cars seen roaming 1960s Paris, to the direction and cinematography themselves.
The plot is a surprisingly simple tale…