Review: Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino digs in to the darker side of American history with Django Unchained, a vitriolic attack on the slave trade masquerading as a homage to the spaghetti western genre. In the same way that Inglourious Basterds rewrote history to provide bloody retribution for the persecuted and right a hideous injustice, so Django does the …

Blast from the Past: reviewing David Cronenberg’s Spider

I’ve enjoyed writing film reviews for quite some time now, though only in the last couple of years or so have I tried to do this in any sort of organised way. Whilst trawling through Harry Knowles’ marvellously insane Ain’t It Cool News site recently, I rediscovered one of the first reviews I ever had …

From the Cambridge Film Festival

I’ve spent the last seven days at the 31st Cambridge Film Festival, the one time in the year when it feels like film really matters close to home. Thanks to festival director Tony Jones and his dedicated and seemingly tireless team, we in the Cambridge area get to (briefly) feel like the centre of the …