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AuthorStephen Hay

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October 11, 2015

★★★★★ Since being nominated for an Oscar for his disturbing historical melodrama Incendies, Denis Villeneuve has become the go-to director for disconcerting, dark and complex films. Sicario builds on his psychological thrillers Prisoners and Enemy, but takes take the same level of unnerving stories and artfully mixes it into the American war on drugs. The […]

May 24, 2015

★★★★★ With its masterful combination of genres—teen coming of age, Romero zombie, 80s slasher and Japanese horror—all mashed into a simple concept, It Follows is an impressive new entry into the canon of scary stories. The story follows nineteen-year-old Jay, played by brilliant Maika Monroe, who sleeps with a guy she is dating and is […]

April 27, 2015

★ I was really looking forward to watching a film directed by Alan Rickman. I, like most people in the English-speaking world, have a strong affection for Rickman as an actor. From Die Hard to Sense and Sensibility to Galaxy Quest (and apparently he is in some wizard film I haven’t seen), he has established […]

April 19, 2015

★★★★ “For now, know that every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every cell-phone tower you pass, friend you keep, site you visit and subject line you type is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not.” These words were part of the […]

October 8, 2007

Directed by Adam Shankman I am a huge fan of John Waters, and his 1988 masterpiece Hairspray is one of my favourite films. So when I heard that there was going to be a remake, I knew that something I loved was going to be defiled. John Waters’ Hairspray is a politically irreverent and subversive […]

September 24, 2007

Joe Strummer, the front man for the seminal 70’s punk band the Clash is a much more complex subject for fimmaker Julien Temple than his previous subject, the Sex Pistols. Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten searches for the truth about the musician who shifted from hippie to punk, then back to hippie. Actually, it […]

September 24, 2007

Audrey Tautou plays Irene, a high-maintenance, gold-digging prostitute (in all but name) who moves from one elderly millionaire to another in the hopes of seducing and convincing them into marriage, while in the meantime milking all she can from their companies. It’s a life of fashion labels, champagne, and living the high life in expensive […]

September 17, 2007

Next is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. I love Philip K. Dick, his books represent everything that is good about science fiction. Ordinary men (always men, his one weakness is that he can’t do female characters) end up being put in extra-ordinary situations.

September 17, 2007

Brad Bird’s first film was the brilliant science fiction animation The Iron Giant and Ratatouille shows that he is just getting better. It is marketed to children, but is so smart and multi-layered that it is most undoubtedly adult entertainment as well. This film really invokes all sorts of work, some light hearted like The […]

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