There’s a perverse irony in how The Meg (2018) spends incredible sums of money to recreate B movie dreck while capturing none of its charm. The story of a team battling a prehistoric gigantic shark, it doesn’t even pastiche the quasi-respectable horror-adventure of the original Jaws (1975) but the desperation and diminishing returns of its many sequels.Read more
Recent attempts to reinvigorate the British kitchen sink social realist genre have focused away from urban environments and towards the complex issues facing the countryside – God’s Own Country, The Levelling and Dark River. The Manchester-set Apostasy offers another corrective, albeit with an approach that likely wouldn’t successfully translate to other projects.Read more
Red Garters (1954) opens with a disclaimer: ‘You are about to see a new kind of “western”. We hope you won’t take it too seriously, because our story takes place in a land that never existed, called, Limbo County, California.’
This is a limbo of a Hollywood made uneasy by the ascendency of television – where Westerns were soon to prosper – and grasping at any possible resource for spectacle; as another Western musical has it, ‘anything you can do, I can do better’.Read more
The Thing (2011) represents a missed opportunity to update Carpenter’s paranoid film for the digital era.Read more
Seen on the occasion of the film's 40th Anniversary.
Grease flattens the '50s into a cartoon - literally, in the opening credits - but it's also far grimier than its family-friendly reputation would suggest.Read more