From parody to sincere tribute, the myth of King Arthur is as closely woven into the fabric of cinematic storytelling as it is the folkloric collective memory of the British Isles. With another take – Guy Ritchie’s would-be franchise spawner Legend of the Sword – arriving on disc this week we take a look at Arthur on film.
Continue reading Swords, Stones and Broken Thrones
Godzilla is back, and doing what it does best: embodying Japanese anxieties about nuclear annihilation. Spank The Monkey approves. (Of Godzilla, obviously, not of nuclear annihilation.)
Continue reading Shin Godzilla
Sarah Slade finds a chilly charm in the latest Jon Sanders collaboration.
Films that play with reality and perception tends toward the spooky end of the cinematic spectrum. Not so with A Change in the Weather. In fact, it’s hard to find a premise more cosily middle-class and…actorly…than the one offered here: a group of performers spends a week in a French gite and things get a bit sticky on the relationship front. It’s got Radio 4 written all over it.
Continue reading A Change in the Weather
Gareth Negus reviews the new French animated film.
Continue reading My Life as a Courgette
Twin Peaks has returned, but does it meet expectations? theTramp investigates
When Twin Peaks first aired, back in 1990, its impact was monumental. I’m not talking about the impact that it had on television; the realisation that narrative structures could move about a bit, that magic realism could step off the page, that strong characters could lend themselves to unpredictable narrative formats and still be watchable. No I am talking about the impact that it had on me personally.
Continue reading It Is Happening Again
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