Owen Van Spall

Owen Van Spall

Film programmer and writer. Film MA Graduate, journalist, film writer and critic. Messing up a cinema near you soon.

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★

    BIG SCREEN, EXTRA POINTS

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    FINAL CUT VERSION seen, splits the difference between the other 2. Still look and sounds stunning ,overwhelming even.

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  • The Happy Prince

    The Happy Prince

    ★★★½

    I know very little about the famous writer, socialite and wit-bomb dropper Oscar Wilde, beyond the basic rise-and-fall arc of his life that takes in his rise to fame in Britain as the mind behind The Picture of Dorian Grey and The Importance of Being Earnest, through to imprisonment and social outcast status following his outing as gay. That being said, writer/director Rupert Everett's focus in The Happy Prince is on what happened after the fall, and taking a biopic…

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★★

    With The Beguiled, Sophia Coppola returns with a steamy, sly and beautifully shot thriller, leanly and precisely adapting Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel of the same name (and not remaking the Don Siegel adaptation that first brought the novel to the screen). Set in the Deep South of Virginia in a United States torn apart by a Civil War now in its third year, the story centres on the erotic and violent goings-on that take place in a dilapidated schoolhouse…