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Spencer (2021)

Spencer opens with a long, static shot of a deserted kitchen, dimly lit by the barely awake sunshine of a misty early morning, eerie with silence. Typically bustling with life, filled with busy people working hard to prepare meals on time, the place is ominously empty. While inspecting this clinical landscape of studiously kept surfaces and … Continue reading Spencer (2021)

House of Gucci (2021)

It would seem it wasn’t that long ago when I sat in the cinema to watch The Last Duel and emerged positively amazed at the fact a man well into his eighties could direct a movie this aggressive, poignant and provocative, all in the guise of a familiar medieval epic. You shall also be informed that in … Continue reading House of Gucci (2021)

The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 43 (Hackers) and Episode 44 (Johnny Mnemonic)

In the last two episodes of the show (apologies for bundling them together here, but it almost works out because both movies discussed in these episodes are from the same year) we continued to circle The Matrix by jumping back in time and examining some of the movies that may have inadvertently served as parts of the … Continue reading The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 43 (Hackers) and Episode 44 (Johnny Mnemonic)

The Card Counter (2021)

Over the course of his long and illustrious career, though peppered with at least a handful of controversial works, Paul Schrader has continually revisited – be it as a director or only in screenwriting capacities – the theme of a tormented man on a mission. From Blue Collar to Hardcore and even recently to First Reformed, and even his collaborations … Continue reading The Card Counter (2021)

The Ingenious Unsettling Ambiguity of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN

Some movies scare you in the moment. Some startle you. Some disturb with graphic imagery. Truth be told, a good majority of movies that actively set out to do such things and succeed, suffer from diminishing returns in this regard because once we adjust to what they are trying to achieve, attune ourselves accordingly and … Continue reading The Ingenious Unsettling Ambiguity of John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN

Antlers (2021)

Sometimes a monster should just be a monster. Despite the fact we have been recently re-conditioned to expect cerebral allegories, hidden meanings and social commentary folded within genre movies (such as The Babadook, The Night House, Candyman, Us and many others), sometimes these expectations may backfire. And Antlers proves that.  

The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 41 (Blackhat)

In this episode of the show we talked about Michael Mann’s last (to date) directorial effort, his 2015 hacker thriller Blackhat, which turned into quite an illuminating discussion despite the fact it is one of Mann’s least liked outings.

Last Night in Soho (2021)

Film4 Over the course of his entire career, Edgar Wright has been interested in exploring ideas surrounding nostalgia, clinging onto the past and dealing with changing life circumstances, all hidden within hyper-stylized genre experiments functioning as nostalgic love letters to movies Wright grew up watching. Admittedly, this idea of wrapping nostalgia around nostalgia is what … Continue reading Last Night in Soho (2021)

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