Dave McAllister

Film enthusiast. See my reviews at www.davefilmblog.com

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Recent reviews

  • N.U.



    Antonioni’s second short, this is a more straightforward and observational piece. The camera is distanced and aside from a single obviously set-up moment seems more fly-on-the-wall than his first. It’s still impressively made, with good composition but there’s a lack of momentum here. It’s nice seeing Rome through the eyes of the street sweepers and their daily routines - early starts, eating, sleeping in the sun after a long day, are not without interest.

  • People of the Po Valley

    People of the Po Valley


    Antonioni's documentary short somehow finds beauty in the harsh subsistence life on a coal-fueled barge transporting produce down the Po river. Packing a lot in its short eleven minutes, but never feeling rushed, there's a lyricism despite the poverty. The framing and compositions are impressive (there's even the illusion of a tracking shot in a cramped barge), and the pacing is perfect.

    Sequences of the barges heroically gliding along the river against an open horizon contrast with intimate human moments,…

Popular reviews

  • The Flood

    The Flood


    My review below, or read it on my blog with pictures.

    The premise of The Flood doesn’t sound like box office magic: a film that’s centred around an Eritrean asylum-seeker’s interview with a hardened British immigration official. The producers admitted that it was very tough to find funders for even the modest £3 million budget. However, the casting of Lena Headey – aka Cercei Lannister in Game of Thrones – should ensure a few more bums on seats, and this…

  • The Whale

    The Whale


    I'm at odds with most viewers, who seemed to have loved this. I agree Brendan Fraser's wonderful performance is pivotal so gets an extra star rating - it's genuinely sympathetic and not exploitative. And Aronofsky reins in some of his usual excesses. But the overlaboured cod-redemption theme and the script's clumsy way of rationing backstory to stretch out the proceedings felt forced. Sadie Sink runs the gamut of emotions from A to B (copyright Dorothy Parker) although Samantha Morton's relatively small role was very good.