November Screening: The Rider (2018)

7pm, Wednesday 28 November 2018. Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, The Rider, based on the real experiences of it’s main cast, tells the story of a young cowboy’s search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America after a traumatic head injury. “Movies that blend real life and … Continue reading November Screening: The Rider (2018)

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Halloween Screening: “No Strings Attached”.

Join us for a Halloween double-bill of two brand new movies that hark back to the era of VHS. One is a horror inflected tech-thriller and the other is a (fairy)tale of evil cults starring one of the most prolific actors currently working. Both films are from solid film-makers who are responsible for some of … Continue reading Halloween Screening: “No Strings Attached”.

I’m starting a film night!

So, I've booked a venue, sorted three films and licensing, and chosen a name. I'm starting a film night. I've screened films before, and talk about them endlessly, but it's time to actually create a regular film night and share all the new, odd and interesting films that don't get a look in on Guernsey's … Continue reading I’m starting a film night!

Desert Warriors and The Problem with Dune (1984).

I've seen Dune more times than I really should have.  I've gone through phases with it and in 2013 I wrote the following... "Although not perfect (what film is?) it’s a great big, weird and ballsy piece of sci-fi.  What really feels right is the savage nature of the world in which it’s set both … Continue reading Desert Warriors and The Problem with Dune (1984).

Their Finest (2017)

Their Finest is now available to buy / rent and I’d solidly recommend it.  It tells the story of a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who is employed to write realistic women’s dialogue (‘slop’ as it’s called in the film) in WWII propaganda reels and starts writing a feature film, based on the experience of two … Continue reading Their Finest (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Watching Atomic Blonde I suddenly notice that I’m following the shot rather than the action.  The shot, a prolonged single(ish)-take fight scene, is impressively staged but I’ve lost the drama within it because it isn’t captivating.  The problem is that the central MacGuffin, a list (sigh), is duplicated in function and form with no real … Continue reading Atomic Blonde (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

I walked out of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets grinning from ear to ear and giggling like a child.  Luc Besson’s adaptation of the Valerian and Laureline comic books is a breath of fresh air after what seems like an eternity of drab fantasy comic book cinema.  This doesn’t feel recycled or … Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Free Fire (2016)

So, Free Fire... I like Ben Wheatley in the same way that I like Neil Marshall, I like that he's there doing his thing.  I'm a big fan of his High Rise (it's not Ballard's, which I also love) and Kill List.  His other films not so much but I'm glad someone is making them. … Continue reading Free Fire (2016)

Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD

I'm massively biased in favour of Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD, I would probably like it no matter what.  2000AD is one of the biggest cultural influences I can recall.  It's found in my politics, the films and books that I like, my sense of humour, my sense of fairness.  I fell into it, … Continue reading Future Shock! The Story of 2000AD