Mining a formative period in the life of a cultural icon, COLETTE is not only relevant but also sumptuous, scandalous and thoroughly enjoyable.
Franchises succeed by embracing the necessity of healthy change, writes Alice Pullen. But does the latest FANTASTIC BEASTS smell of success?
AVA is the fictionalised account of a teenage girl growing up in Iran. Our title character is a teenager we recognise – we see her gossiping with her friends, tolerating the strictures of school and finding solace in her talent for the violin. But one day a tiny act of rebellion thrusts her into a … Continue reading Ava
The story is interesting. The actors are talented. But Van Sant, and his screenplay, are unequal to the task.
Drew Goddard has a history of dabbling with ‘genre’ pieces. But what is ‘genre fiction’? Snobbishly speaking, we could say it’s the home of vampires, hard-boiled detectives, robots, dragons – and anything else that doesn’t have the decency to be concerned with good old-fashioned real life. ‘Genre fiction’ is anything that doesn’t deserve the respect … Continue reading Bad times at the Cabin in the Woods
Despite strong beginnings, ripe themes and an excellent cast, the supernatural elements of THE LITTLE STRANGER are poorly executed, writes Alice Pullen.
GONJIAM suffers from none of the classic issues of found footage, writes Alice Pullen from the London Korean Film Festival teaser screening.
Alice Pullen takes an in-depth look at the pitfalls and successes of the found-footage format.
In a village in Sicily, Luna attempts to woo her classmate Giuseppe. After school, they share their afternoon in a dozen teenage adventures. At the end, she gives him a love letter and they share a kiss. But this is no charmed life. Giuseppe is the son of a Mafioso – and after Luna kisses … Continue reading Sicilian Ghost Story
STRYKA takes place in a grungy “near-ish future” populated with hover cars, holograms and lizard-aliens. The eponymous heroine (Aimee Mullins) is a thief who does small-time jobs with her partner Callen (Rupert Friend) – but she questions whether their relationship is in her best interests. Stryka is an alien – reminiscent of Whoverse Silurians, but … Continue reading Stryka