The MostlyFilm gang would like to send best wishes to X founder and drummer Yoshiki, who is undergoing surgery to treat damage caused by years of frenetic drumming.
Don’t know what we’re talking about? Take a look at Spank The Monkey’s review from earlier this year of the documentary about Japan’s most unGoogleable rock band. Continue reading We Are X
The newest Criterion Collection Blu-Ray, Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men, hits the shelves in the UK on 15th May. Fiona Pleasance joins the jury.
The premise of 12 Angry Men could hardly be simpler. Almost all of the film takes place in a single room in a New York City courthouse in the mid-1950s, where the members of a jury deliberate on the trial of a young man accused of murdering his father.
Continue reading Courtroom Drama
By Gareth Negus
With yet another election looming in the next few weeks, we’re revisiting Gareth Negus’s review of the Margaret Thatcher biopic from 2011. Whatever you may think of the present incumbent, you’d never catch Thatch looking awkward while eating chips out of a cone.
Continue reading The Iron Lady
Mr Moth returns to Skull Island, and this time he’s taking an army
Continue reading Kong: Skull Island
Attention! Laura Morgan‘s musings on growing old via the medium of T2 Trainspotting will almost certainly contain spoilers
Continue reading Wishing You’d Done It All Differently
Gareth Negus watches Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard share a special relationship in World War II drama, Allied. That’s an actual line from the film, by the way.
Continue reading Show Me Your Chickens, Max
Ricky Young looks at Paul Schrader’s latest offering, and tries not to get skeeved out as he does so.
Continue reading Dog Eat Dog
On 7 November New Wave Films are releasing Cemetery of Splendour, directed by Apichatpong Weeresethakul, who won the Palme d’Or with his earlier film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Continue reading Cemetery of Splendour
Matthew Carter squares up to ailurophobia
When RKO Radio Pictures were feeling the pinch from the excesses of Citizen Kane, a directive for a meat and potatoes B-movie landed on Val Lewton’s lap. Jacques Tourneur stepped up as director and DeWitt Bodeen produced the screenplay. Using sets from Orson Welles’s The Magnificent Ambersons, Tourneur and Lewton created an entirely new genre: noir-horror-sex-thriller. Continue reading Here, Puss Puss Puss…
D A Pennebaker’s classic access-all-areas take on Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of England is restored and repackaged in this Criterion release. John Wilby looks back at Dont Look Back
Continue reading Dont Look Back revisited