Northern Soul – Review

It started with director Elaine Constantine remortgaging her house and has ended up the sleeper hit of the autumn box office. This boisterous, bubbling slice of 1970s small-town “oop North” tells a familiar tale, but its execution and sheer enthusiasm…

Effie Gray – Review

As another chapter in the evolving period genre, Effie Gray combines the best of Merchant Ivory with the claustrophobia of a modern domestic thriller. Though the film is separated from Gone Girl by time, place, and focus, that same tightening screw of a failing…

Stories From The Set: Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Her name is Holly Golightly, and she has sunglasses, a cigarette holder, and a little black dress. That memory of Audrey Hepburn, taken from the 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s, has spent the last fifty-three years becoming…

Lucy, Hercules, and the Myths About Female-Led Movies

According to its audience, Scarlett Johansson’s ass-kicker action movie Lucy isn’t all that good at a Rotten Tomatoes rating of just 45%. Our own Cameron Ward gave it a 3 out of 5. “There to entertain” rather than anything else,…

A Love Letter To… Twister

Imagine it: the whistling howl of the wind as it tears through flat mid-Western farmland. Saturated clouds hang dark in a darker sky, their slow swirl sweeping into inverted peaks that descend towards the earth, ready to ravage. This chilling,…