Ian Floodgate

Ian Floodgate

Senior Critic for Cineccentric which focuses primarily on independent and auteur cinema.

Favorite films

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Oppenheimer
  • Poor Things
  • All of Us Strangers

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  • Swing Time

  • Yeelen

  • The Little Panda Fighter

  • Gallipoli

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  • Irreversible

    Irreversible

    ★★★★

    Gaspar Noé‘s sophomore feature Irréversible arguably received some of the most infamous reactions the Cannes Film Festival ever reported when it premiered in 2002. The film focuses on events throughout one traumatic night in Paris, unfolding in reverse-chronological order. Some critics deemed the film’s sexual violence as gratuitous, including the brutal raping of Monica Bellucci‘s character. Despite this, some critics praised the film, with a consensus on Rotten Tomatoes aptly stating: “Though well-filmed, Irréversible feels gratuitous in its extreme violence.”…

  • Twilight

    Twilight

    ★★★½

    Many revered films have been fortunate to receive 4K restorations, but now even rarely seen works are able to receive this treatment. Second Run, a UK-based company specialising in the restoration of rare films, is releasing Hungarian filmmaker György Fehér‘s debut feature from 1990, Twilight (original title Szürkület), along with Arbelos and the Hungarian Film Archive. Based on the novel The Pledge by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Twilight follows a retiring detective on the search for the killer of a schoolgirl. The…

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    Pixar has produced revolutionary computer-generated animated films ever since the studio’s first feature film in 1995, dazzling the senses with visually breathtaking worlds that encompass captivating stories. Pixar audiences have seen the world of living toys, aquatic life, insect life, and even what happens inside our own heads. Directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers now take us to the world beyond our living existence in their latest film Soul.

    Soul follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle-aged part-time music teacher…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    Wes Anderson last dabbled with stop-motion animation with his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox almost a decade ago. When the auteur announced he would be returning to the genre with Isle of Dogs, fans of his work were quick to generate anticipation for the film. The title of this latest feature may derive from an area of London in the River Thames, but the film takes place in a dystopian Japan and follows a young boy, Atari (Koyu…