Author: James McAllister

The Lost City of Z (2017)
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The Lost City of Z (2017)

If David Lean had ever been compelled to adapt Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’, the resulting film could have hypothetically looked a lot like James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z. It’s a grand old tale of epic exploration, told with a sweeping sense of visual magnificence that not only evokes […]

Fire At Sea (2016)
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Fire At Sea (2016)

There’s a particularly sobering sequence early on in Gianfranco Rosi’s pensive meditation on the migrant crises, in which we watch an elderly native of the Italian Pelagie isle Lampedusa as she potters about her kitchen listening to the radio. Through the airwaves, we hear reports announcing that a number of […]

CANNES 2016 – A Reflection
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CANNES 2016 – A Reflection

Well, that’s it. The films have been unveiled, the awards given out, and now the red carpet is being rolled up. Many veterans of the festival proclaimed this to be the strongest line-up in a number of years, but for this mere novice it appeared to be fairly average. Last […]

CANNES 2016 – The Neon Demon (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – The Neon Demon (2016)

Nicolas Winding Refn isn’t an auteur; he’s a provoc-auteur – an architect of hyper-stylised worlds that exist in lustrous neon-lit shadow, and thrive on the pain and trauma that are prominent in the murkiest recesses of the human condition. Refn’s latest descent into darkness, The Neon Demon, is every bit […]

CANNES 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper may have been the first picture to receive a round of “boos” when it played to critics in Cannes this year, but it’s a movie that deserves to be applauded. It’s a film that sometimes scary, sometimes sexy, sometimes specious, and always surprising. To try and […]

CANNES 2016 – Paterson (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – Paterson (2016)

Director Jim Jarmusch has long been fascinated by the ethereal power of poetry; it provided a spiritual guide for William Blake on his journey through the wilderness in Dead Man, and acted as a code of honour for hired hitman Ghost Dog in The Way Of The Samurai. In Paterson, […]

CANNES 2016 – The Nice Guys (2016)
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CANNES 2016 – The Nice Guys (2016)

Sure, nice guys finish last, but that doesn’t mean they’re not winners. Take Holland March and Jackson Healy (Ryan Gosling & Russell Crowe) for example, the Starsky and Hutch of Shane Black’s sublimely screwy and unashamedly sleazy slice of 70’s noir. In less than a week of knowing each other, […]