A haunting, visually poetic, hard-boiled conspiracy thriller with a killer central performance by Joaquin Phoenix. Scottish director Lynne Ramsay really steps up on this film - which should give her plenty of strong choices for her next project.
This Amelie meets Creature from the Black Lagoon with a dash of La La Land is my film of the year so far - and really deserves to bring home the Oscar for Best Picture. Everything is top-notch here - casting, acting, production design, sound design / score, cinematography - just a truly fantastic and emotional spectacle from start to finish.
Many are calling this the best Marvel film yet - it is certainly entertaining and possibly has the best production design so far - but is still a fairly cliched superhero film at heart. Of course the all but 2 black cast is significant, and the whole film holds together well - certainly well worth seeing.
I met Nic Joly many years ago when participating in the Landmark Forum on Eversholt Street, near Euston. He was seeking inspiration and direction for his ceramic-based work, and it seems to have finally kicked in a few years later with his various series of mini-figure installations like the above ’Make Love Not War’ - which is one of my favourites.
In my opinion - ’superior futuristic pulpy cyberpunk sci-fi noir’ which owes much of its production design to the slightly more cerebral Blade Runner. The language used is brilliant and in a sort of Anthony Burgess vein - cortical stacks, sleeves, needle-casting and ’Meths’ - somewhat different to the Breaking Bad kind. This is sort of Blade Runner directed by Quentin Tarantino. As with most sci-fi there are some plot holes but still highly entertaining.
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In my The Future of Music Online 2018 article I already picked out Sigrid as my musical figurehead / ambassador for 2018. She was responsible for 3 of my favourite singles last year - Don’t Kill My Vibe, Plot Twist and Strangers, and performed a brilliantly effervescent set at last year’s Glastonbury too. She has a wonderfully mellifluous voice with really hooky pop music sensibilities. Quite different to my last year’s favourite Skott, but equally brilliant in her own way - I
This Beautifully nuanced drama is perfect awards fodder - having garnered several already, and expected to do well at the Oscars with likely wins for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Best Screenplay and Best Film. I personally enjoyed it enormously - some wonderful central performance here.
I have been a long-time fan of Westerns, and this is the best one in years, possibly since Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven from 1992. It is brilliantly cast and acted with Christian Bale delivering one of his all-time finest performances. Bleak, brutal and unforgiving in its own way - with barely a glimmer of redemption. Beautiful cinematography throughout and suitably moody too. Certainly not for everyone, while I really loved this.