Probably the definitive action movie of the '90s - Predator for the '80s, The Dark Knight for the '00s and Infinity War for the '10s: discuss - Speed still holds up as a beautifully ludicrous thriller built around one of cinema's greatest hare-brained what-ifs: what if there was a bomb on a bus that would go off if it slowed down? The mechanics of getting to that absurd scenario are hand-waved as simplistically as possible and the characters are kept…
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. 2023
Apparently a seminal novel that has had an extremely wide reach that I have evidently eluded, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is a groundbreaking and influential coming of age story exploring the religious and social anxieties of a middle-class eleven-year old negotiating her first steps betwixt childhood and adolescence. More than fifty years since the book's initial publication though, there's not a lot of fresh material to explore in Kelly Fremon Craig's supposedly faithful adaptation. Blume's frankness about…
The Long Goodbye 2020
I’m a little torn on this.
Released to accompany his new album of the same name, Riz Ahmed released this short film/music video, portraying a day after tomorrow image of Britain, descended into a government sanctioned white supremacist militia. It’s a great concept but the execution feels somewhat histrionic. As a film it’s quite sketchy and uneven. It’s tonal shift doesn’t feel as fluid as it could and the song that plays in the middle is completely at odds with the…
Boiling Point 2021
I’ve worked in a kitchen and, more relevantly, I’ve worked in a badly managed kitchen, run by someone who overbooks and overworks their staff, and from my limited experience, I can say that not only is Philip Barantini’s Boiling Point an absolutely gripping piece of drama, but it’s absolutely spot-on as well. Honestly, I think it’s kind of underplayed compared to my own experiences.
An expansion of Barantini’s earlier short film of the same name, Boiling Point follows head chef…