Stephen Mchattie

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  • mother!

    Movie Review | Ali Gray | 11th September 2017

    I've had nightmares like mother!, proper sweat-drenched, bolt-upright air-gaspers that have left me shaken for hours. The ones where ordinary, mundane events turn hellish in an instant. The ones where your loved ones are there too but they're in on the bad juju, their blank faces betraying the feverish insanity you feel. Mother!, the new movie from Darren Aronofsky, is the closest a film has ever come to replicating one of those bad dreams; how quickly the drip-drip-drip of reason gushes into madness, how helpless we are in the face of our own demons and how it's always the ones we love that hurt us most. That exclamation mark in the title does not signify a comedy - it's the kind you see shortly before you plummet off a cliff.

  • Shoot 'Em Up

    Movie Review | Ali | 18th September 2007

    A few years ago, I was speaking to a Manga-obsessed friend of mine about the state of action films. "I've got a billion cool ideas," he said confidently, going on to list several ludicrous action scenes with absolutely zero basis in reality, including - but not limited to - a gunfight while falling through the air and a gunfight...

  • A History Of Violence

    Movie Review | Chris | 1st March 2006

    "There's no such thing as monsters," says mild-mannered coffee shop owner Tom Stall to his frightened little daughter. The look on his face tells a different story. We're not talking Orcs, evil wizards and big scary lighthouses here, rather the kind of monster that you read about in the newspaper, the purveyor of those horribl...