News, Reviews & Features
  • Review: Marriage Story battles for the high ground but risks sanctimony

    Movie Review | Luke Whiston | 31st December 2019

    Relationships are weird. You come to them as a pair of individuals, both trying to find common threads while maintaining individuality. Then you move in together and over time adjust to each other's idiosyncrasies, forming new habits based on a shared life, until one day you realise you're a completely different person. Later if you decide to wave goodbye to sleep for about fifteen years by having children it adds an adorable layer of walking on eggshells to proceedings. The only way to really make it work is to be totally open about your thoughts and feelings - keeping secrets is just asking for trouble - so if/when things fall apart and you're held to account for your part in the failure you get to gloat over that deceitful snake (just kidding, honey - L for Love!).

  • The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 16th October 2017

    Time was, you could get a bit of a reaction by saying Adam Sandler was a good actor. You'd be the toast of the cognoscenti, lauded for your brave and rare insight, or at the very least one of those professional contrarians who make film Twitter such a rich and challenging environment. These days the evidence is there and the idea's not controversial: everyone knows he can do it when he can be bothered changing out of his tracksuit. Maybe it's time to think of him a bit differently.

  • While We're Young

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 3rd April 2015

    The sight of a middle-aged man in a trilby is hard to bear. Particularly when it isn't accompanied by what you judge to be any other changes in his regular attire: just a single hat, borne as a standard on the scalp, saying, Will this do? Am I cool again? The cycle of youth makes us all obsolete sooner or later, and it's hard to accept. And while there's a dignity to aspire to in Don Draper, defiantly immaculate in sports jacket and tie at a party full of hippies, can you blame a man for wanting to get back what he had when he can't pinpoint when he lost it?

  • The Babadook

    Movie Review | Christopher Ratcliff | 28th October 2014

    It’s an impressively crowded market on the run-up to Halloween this year. For us sickos we have all manner of chilling treats lined up for our midnight viewing pleasure. There's the slightly shit looking Ouija, marketed as Hasbro’s first ever horror film (next up: ‘Spirograph’ a never-ending Saw style franchise that induces vertigo in every viewer). There’s Annabelle, a prequel and spin-off (Spinquel! Preq-off!!) to last year’s surprisingly not shit The Conjuring. Then there’s also the very shit Dracula Untold and The Boxtrolls which isn’t shit but is unfortunately also not a horror movie.

  • Extrapolating Nick Nolte's physical degradation from this Noah set pic

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 14th January 2014

    Darren Aronofosky has announced that Nick Nolte had joined the cast of Noah, and tweeted this pic as proof. From this image, we can assume that providing ADR causes Nick Nolte severe physical discomfort, thus we can extrapolate what he might look like by the time his stint in the sound booth is over.

    And this is accounting for 14 hours sleep a night and a two-day-week.

  • This photo from Darren Aronofsky's Noah set is missing something...

    Movie News | Luke | 20th August 2013

    Move mouse over to see what is missing

    Nobody ever said the animals didn't prance in two by two. (more set images and stills at TheFilmStage)

  • Frances Ha

    Movie Review | Ali | 25th July 2013

    Could Frances Ha be the Greta-ist, Gerwiggiest film ever made? A black and white light-hearted indie comedy about a blundering yet loveable New York ballet teacher? It sounds like the kind of hardcore mumblecore destined to be of interest to all but the most entrenched Brooklynites, but Frances Ha is an unlikely feelgood crowd-pleaser - it's sweet and funny and darling and almost unbearably lovely. And thankfully, everyone enunciates.

  • First look inside Noah's ark results in obvious movie gag

    Movie Feature | Matt | 26th September 2012

    While Darren Aronofsky has been toiling away on his big screen version of the story of Noah's ark, film bloggers across the internet have been scratching their heads over how to cover the film in an interesting and original way. They needn't have bothered.

  • DVD weekly: Falling Skies - season one

    TV Feature | Matt Looker | 4th July 2012

    This week's big DVD release is Falling Skies! What do you mean you already know? This DVD weekly isn't THAT late. Oh, you ordered it on Monday and it has already arrived? Ok, yeah, this is pretty late.

  • Falling Skies II: SKIES WILL FALL

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 3rd April 2012

    It's literally that easy to write poster taglines, but you don't see them that often for TV shows. 'Mad Men 5: MEN WILL BE MAD'. 'Coronation Street: A STREET WILL BE CROWNED'. 'Party of Five: FIVE WILL PARTY'. I ruined it. :`(