For some thoughts on Poltergeist have a listen to our podcast here
A number of people who walk out of mother! will declare it a masterpiece, but don't ask them why and expect a satisfactory answer. Everything about the film is confounding, right down to its ungrammatical title. If you are, like me, one of these strange creatures, I suspect that your feelings about it are as difficult to penetrate as the film itself.
Aronofsky has created a work so unpleasant and shamelessly disinterested in how it is perceived that most audiences…
The Imitation Game plays like the polite dinner conversation at a party, before drinks have been served to loosen everybody up. It's so mannered and inoffensive that it seems to come at us from the chamber of a prettily-furnished snow globe.
It's a biopic that chronicles three interwoven periods in the life of mathematician Alan Turing, a solitary introvert who developed a machine that deciphered codes the Nazis used to deliver tactical messages during WW2. A latent homosexual, the film…
Reece Witherspoon wears no makeup in Wild, a new film based on the autobiographical novel by Cheryl Strayed and adapted by novelist Nick Hornby. Her performance is pointedly unglamorous, in fact, yet she's never looked more beautiful.
In the film she's decided to hike a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail for reasons which aren't clear at first. We sense that this pilgrimage is not to fulfil some daredevil sense of adventure, but that it's more an act of…