Directors like George Cukor are easy to underrate. They work diligently within the Hollywood system, making the choices that best serve their stories, and their movies are often overwhelmed by the consummate performers they are filled with.
Adam's Rib isn't exactly the most nuanced depiction of genders clashing that I've seen - although it's hard to put aside the fact that many of the arguments seen within are still going on today - but Cukor directs with a light touch,…
(Apologies for my first review being so long. I had more to say than I thought, apparently!)
Enough has been written on Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables that it is impossible to come up with any new criticism or praise for it. It’s one of those films that completely polarises its viewers, based on the vicious arguments I’ve seen taking place over it. I’d love to say that it was great, or that I was indifferent to it, but as it…
Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan biopic evokes the musician's different sides, but it is much more complex than that, using the idea of a man who repeatedly reinvented himself as the starting point for an investigation of the fluidity of identity. It's heady and intellectual and obviously not for everyone, but it'll be a joy for anyone who has previously enjoyed Haynes' playful pastiches. Despite being two hours long, it never feels anything less than electric in its editing.