"The Revenant," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Movie, 2015 Revenge family drama in the trappers’ Wild West, with a bear-attack, some mastery in muttering and portrayals of Indians which feel a little tired and old-fashioned. The sentiments and narrative also feel a little overdone, but against all these criticisms, the locations are stunning and brought out by some wonderful photography. The action sequences are full of grit and gore, and things are … Continue reading "The Revenant," directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

"Locke," directed by Steven Knight

Movie, 2013 A concept film where, really, there’s barely any concept and virtually no action, just a man in a car, driving in the night and talking to people, desperately trying to keep his world from unravelling. And that’s it. The chances of this being a good film may appear slim, but it really works tremendously well. Inevitable plaudits have to go to an excellent … Continue reading "Locke," directed by Steven Knight

"The Drop", directed Michaël R Roskam

Movie, 2014 While this is a film with huge potential for failure – a slurring method acting loner, rescued dog etc. – this slow burner builds a tense and twisting plot and genuine foreboding atmosphere. There’s also a refreshing straightforward setting and story telling with no artsy tricks, crushing soundtrack or CGI, just the goings on in a bar, its assistant manager and people orbiting … Continue reading "The Drop", directed Michaël R Roskam