Author: Jacob

Phantom Thread

There’s a lot of built in expectation with a film like PHANTOM THREAD. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson has, over the course of his eight feature films to date, definitively proved to be one of...

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Stretching out the very worst of small town ‘merica stereotypes to hard-edged humorous effect, the oddly titled THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is Martin McDonagh’s latest piece of blackly comic provocation. Tonally, THREE BILLBOARDS...

The Florida Project

Who’d have thought a film following a group of poor, raucous, primary school-aged kids around the purple-hued daymare that is on-the-edge-of-Disney, Orlando FL, would turn out to be one of the best films of...

The Disaster Artist

Two would-be actors, of questionable ability, meet in a small-time San Francisco acting class and begin a friendship that will take them to Hollywood’s doorstep and into the weird and wild beyond! At once...

DVD Review: John Wick 2

Pleasingly brutal. That’s about as succinct a recommendation as I can give John Wick: Chapter 2 (JW2 hereafter). I think that’s probably enough for you to know if this is your cinematic poison or...

John Wick: Chapter 2

Pleasingly brutal. That’s about as succinct a recommendation as I can give John Wick: Chapter 2 (JW2 hereafter). I think that’s probably enough for you to know if this is your cinematic poison or...

Manchester By The Sea

A drama of thickly layered grief Kenneth Lonergan’s MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is a grim march from top to tail. As with the auteur’s underseen 2011 tour-de-force MARGARET, MANCHESTER packages dramatic riches within a...

Jackie

Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín might seem an odd choice to front a biopic about an icon of United States sociopolitical history but the idiosyncratic director proves more than up to the task, painting a...

DVD Review: The Hateful Eight

Possessed of that signature blend of enveloping dialogue shot through with bursts of viscera-spattered violence there is no doubting that The Hateful Eight is a Quentin Tarantino affair from snowy white beginning to carmine-sprayed...

Tickled

‘Competitive endurance tickling’, legal threats, shell corporations, ‘tickle cells’, online naming-and-shaming, fetish communities—it’s fair to say that David Farrier and Dylan Reeve’s debut feature TICKLED delivers a whole lot more than its quirky documentary...