Somnai, Somnai

Somnai, Somnai

Culturally, we’re in a weird place with VR technology. Virtual Reality has been a staple of science fiction stories since the fifties and as a result, along with flying cars, cryogenic freezing and sex robots (depressingly for civilisation, sex robots seem to be the technology that is advancing the fastest),...

Read more
Review: Isle of Dogs

Review: Isle of Dogs

The legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa (of Rashamon and Seven Samurai fame) was so obsessive about his set design that he made sure that any cupboard or wardrobe that appeared in a scene would be fully stocked with period appropriate items, even if the scene didn’t call for the cupboard...

Read more
Ready Player One

Ready Player One

Once upon a time (or a long time ago in a galaxy far away if you’d prefer) the world was a cruel place to live for nerds. Bullied frequently, their interests: superheroes, videogames, Dungeons and Dragons were derided as simultaneously childish and hopelessly impenetrable. There was little sympathy to be...

Read more
The Comet at The Coronet

The Comet at The Coronet

The writer of The Comet, Bruno Schulz, is not as well known in the United Kingdom (or indeed, in many other places) as he should be. One the towering giants of Polish literature in the early 20th century, Schulz derided the idea that travel broadens the mind and remained effective...

Read more
You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

Oddly, when you lay out the plot of You Were Never Really Here, a feverish nightmare from the frequently hiatus-prone Scottish writer-director Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, We Need To Talk About Kevin) it seems disarmingly straight-forward, generic even. A film about a hitman screwing up a simple job and getting...

Read more
American Psycho

American Psycho

February is the most romantic month in the calendar, mostly thanks to the relentless corporate pushing of Valentine’s Day as an excuse to sell greetings cards and chocolates. However this February, in celebration of all the anti-Valentines out there, we’re focusing on the bloated corporate angle rather than the romance...

Read more
Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Mary And The Witch’s Flower Running Time: 103 minutes Director:  Hiromasa Yonebayashi   Anime aficionados mourned when Studio Ghibli (of Spirited Away fame) closed up shop a few years ago, following the retirement of founder/legend Hayao Miyazaki. As it turned out, Miyazaki left the game for about as long as...

Read more
Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour

Whilst it’s fashionable to complain about swarming multitudes of superhero films infesting multiplexes like Day Glo insects, there is actually another genre of film holding our silver screens to ransom that I find to be even more pervasive and risible: the achingly mannered prestige biopic. The King’s Speech set the...

Read more
Coco

Coco

The afterlife imagined by Pixar’s new animated film ‘Coco’ is a labyrinthine, luminous necropolis crisscrossed by string lights and ‘papeles picados’, a place both strange and all too familiar. Its currency is memory; its exit visas are family photos, without which the skeletal dead can’t cross the orange marigold-petal bridge...

Read more
Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Anniversary: Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka has (rather depressingly when you think about it) become something of a patron saint for modern living. His alienated writings of skewed social conventions and hallucinogenic persecution (that you feel somehow you might have deserved) deeply affects readers because there’s something primal in his narratives that resonates almost...

Read more