My 10 Worst Films of 2016

It’s already become a cliche: the extent to which 2016 has notoriously not been a good year for humanity.

That said, it’s been at least a decent year for film – minus the deaths of various beloved cinema icons (UPDATE: since my writing this, Carrie Fisher has sadly passed away).…

Jackie reveals what we will do to put a mask on ambition & grief

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Blackness. Orchestral strings rise up magisterially but sink almost immediately in discord; the wooziest of dying falls.

A beautiful woman, resplendent in pink, with jet-black bouffant hair, porcelain hair, and cheekbones to shame Bette Davis, coolly applies her makeup in an airplane mirror.…

My 16 Best Films of 2016

Releasing your film as close as you can to the Oscar deadline may keep it fresh in the mind of Academy voters, but it does make it tricky to keep a track of for your more casual viewer.

Throw in the time delay between US and UK releases and even the most fervent cineaste could be forgiven for forgetting exactly when their favorite film was released.…

Paterson is a miracle in the clarity and beauty of everyday life

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Films do not have to be dark in order to be profound. Sometimes the human condition can, in fact, be hopeful.

No better is this demonstrated than in Paterson, Jim Jarmusch’s heartfelt ode to blue-collar life in all its ordinary extraordinariness.…

Fantastic Beasts… (Electric Shadows podcast)

Robs Daniel & Wallis do a late night review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, having just watched the movie. Slightly tired (and punchy), the two embark on a spellbinding odyssey that covers inter-species coupling, the right way to cast spells, Eddie Redmayne’s fictitiously Batesian relationship with his mum and comparing King Kong to Sonny Corleone.