Movie Diary 26/12/18

Movie Diary 26/12/18

Annihilation (2018) – With its obvious debts to Aliens (a military expedition picked off one by one) and Avatar (the purple – in both senses – prettiness of the alien environment), this adheres to Hollywood formula more than Ex Machina, but inflects it in interesting...
Movie Diary 30/3/18

Movie Diary 30/3/18

Black Panther (2018) – In outline – a superhero from a hermetic culture must decide how to engage with the wider world – this is very similar to Wonder Woman, last year’s blow for comic book diversity, but this is much better executed. Partly it’s the way...
Movie Diary 15/2/18

Movie Diary 15/2/18

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – The design here – post-apocalyptic environments where colour is almost completely excluded, or luxurious digs bathed in yellow – is certainly striking, if a little monotonous. (It’s a little mystifying that Jared Leto and Harrison Ford...
Movie Diary 21/1/18

Movie Diary 21/1/18

Call Me By Your Name (2017) – This wears its luxury more lightly than Luca Guadagnino’s previous films: the characters’ wealth is expressed in cultivation rather than consumption, their freedom to translate and transcribe music and study old things while...
Movie Diary 17/12/17

Movie Diary 17/12/17

Battle of the Sexes (2017) – This is a mainstream entertainment as good as A League of Their Own. The casting is impeccable top to bottom – from Sarah Silverman’s way with a cigarette to Alan Cumming’s finely calibrated mixture of kindness and bitchy...

Top 100 Films – the 2000s

Here’s an updated list of the Top 100 films of the 21st century. I’ve included reviews where I’ve written them. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) One of the greatest movies ever made about childhood. Terrence Malick captures the way we...