Author: Jacob

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...

DVD Review: Carol

Excellent character drama Todd Haynes’ CAROL showcases the supreme talents of leads Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as star-crossed lovers traversing a complex relationship in 50s New York City. Blanchett’s eponymous Carol is a...

Sherpa

It is fair to say that Jennifer Peedom has an agenda. Planning to shoot a Sherpa perspective of the 2014 Everest climbing season, in the wake of high profile brawls between paying Western climbers...

Kung Fu Panda 3

With the valley safe and at peace Master Shifu decides the time is ripe for him to focus on his own studies. Consequently he leaves a terrified Po in charge of the temple, bestowing...

DVD Review: Bone Tomahawk

Talk about a thrilling genre blend! First-time director S. Craig Zahler (who took writing duties too) turns out a smart, talky character piece which nails stereotypical western archetypes and dialogue with a refreshing twist...