Iain Hepburn

Iain Hepburn

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Half-geek. Ranter. Recovering journalist.

Favorite films

  • Metropolis
  • Airplane!
  • The Paper
  • Withnail & I

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

  • Lamb

    ★★★★½

  • Benedetta

    ★★★½

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    Manages to straddle the line between soft reboot and genuinely saying something new.  20+ years has diminished the freshness of the action sequences but sharpened the narrative purpose.  Far, far better than it’s got any right to be.

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    The Scottish Play as film noir.  Visually stunning, with stylisation drawn from the likes of Lang and bordering on the impressionistic.  McDormand makes for an excellent Lady M, while Washington gives an earnest, initially muted performance that ramps up satisfyingly.

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★½

    A modern attempt to do an epic, Ken Adams designed Connery-era Bond, with 21st century storytelling and sensibilities sewn through it.  Doesn’t quite pull everything off - some unnecessary  overplotting and underwriting gives it a few thematic stumbles, but the cast are largely excellent and visually it’s as bold and distinctive as Skyfall. Pretty apt ending to the Daniel Craig era, really.

  • Our Ladies

    Our Ladies

    ★★★★½

    Excellent, largely faithful adaptation of Alan Warner’s brilliant Sopranos with does the source material justice while giving it life to the big screen.  Deserves a wide audience.