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Alistair Ryder

Alistair Ryder
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/10 89% Vox Lux (2018) Just like his previous film, The Childhood of a Leader, Corbet's technical skill as a director is undermined by his inability to subtly convey his themes, or even make his characters sound like normal human beings in their most grounded moments. ‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
87% Tumbbad (2018) The story is far more interesting in concept than execution; you can understand why this has been such a long gestating passion project for the director, it's just hard to fathom how the final product feels so formulaic.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
88% Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) We are in desperate need of more authentically working class voices on British screens both big and small at the moment, and this portrayal of a mismatched family unit feels like a breath of fresh air as a result.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
5/10 64% Beautiful Boy (2018) Beautiful Boy doesn't effectively show us the damaging truth of addiction, often feeling like we're seeing a sanitised, easily consumable mainstream product.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
6/10 94% Sorry to Bother You (2018) Sorry to Bother You is a promising debut for Boots Riley - it's visually staggering and frequently funny, making up in laughs what it loses in terms of hard hitting socio-political commentary.‐ The Digital Fix
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2018
4/5 86% Colette (2018) A high camp entertainment that finds time to solemnly explore the intricacies of gender and sexuality, without making them cheap punchlines.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
85% U: July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli) (2018) It's to be seen whether or not this will be more effective than Greengrass' July 22, but even as its conceit falters in execution, it will likely remain the bolder, more ambitious film of the two. ‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
No Score Yet Suburban Birds (Jiao qu de niao) (2018) Thematically, the film feels empty, forever skirting around interesting concepts without ever sticking the landing.‐ Film Inquiry
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
60% Consequences (Posledice) (2018) Darko Stante's film takes the narrative you'd expect from a story of a man coming out in this environment and flips it on its head, creating something more unexpected, more confrontational, and altogether more exceptional.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
82% Anchor and Hope (2017) A complex, mature relationship drama that feels nothing less than believable, even as it presents a lifestyle that's likely alien to most viewers.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
70% Believer (2018) It's well-intentioned and occasionally moving, but hard to talk about without confronting its flaws.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
86% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) This is undeniably Cameron Post's story, but as silent horrors befall other characters, I couldn't help wish the film was longer than its brisk 90 minute runtime in order to properly explore the emotional trauma more thoroughly.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud (2018) Beneath the feel good charms, there's an underlying melancholy that makes this highly contemporary portrayal of a father/daughter relationship more emotionally affecting than you'd otherwise expect. ‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
85% Disobedience (2018) This delicately handled tale of romance and acceptance is likely to remain one of the finest films of the year, as well as being further proof that Sebastián Lelio is a director whose films we are going to be cherishing for some time to come.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
92% Love, Simon (2018) It's inescapably conventional filmmaking, with a crowd pleasing narrative that's as charming, heartwarming and predictable as you'd expect. And yet, I found myself getting won over by it regardless.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
50% 1:54 (2018) It's common for filmmakers to appear out of touch when making contemporary films dealing with bullying, often over-sensationalising and losing grip of reality. For Yan England's film to feel grounded is something of an achievement.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Retablo (2017) An emotionally brutal tale of self realisation, which even in its heightened state and geographically detached setting, will likely prove to be relatable due to the sheer universality of Segundo's pre-coming out quandary.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
94% Becks (2018) It's an impressive directorial debut from Powell and Rohrbaugh, who have effectively made the transition from the small screen to the big screen, without compromising on the quality of their writing.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Dating My Mother (2017) Dating My Mother isn't quite a romantic comedy, or a family drama - but it is extremely charming, warmly funny and in possession of one of the best mother/son relationships in recent cinematic memory.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Signature Move (2017) A sweet, uncynical romantic drama that feels thoroughly contemporary largely because it isn't trying to be. ‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Just Charlie (2018) By taking the entire family's emotional journey into account, Rebekah Fortune has crafted a film that feels keenly realised and very much of the moment.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
92% Saturday Church (2018) Despite the extravagant musical numbers, it's really a low key charmer; the lead character may be quiet, but his story so subtly effective, it'll stay with you long after the end credits roll.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
89% The Wound (Inxeba) (2017) A refreshing coming of age story from a director who manages to see beyond the controversial subject matter to find the compelling human stories within.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
86% Dream Boat (2017) Despite the tonal dissonance, the film worked as an argument to show that for many gay men, there are complicated emotional obstacles (and unspoken physical obstacles) that can leave you feeling like you don't belong in the gay community.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
5/5 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) It's far from a heavy handed political lecture; this is a loving, moving masterpiece that manages to be equally intimate and epic- taking a political milestone for the LGBT community and making it personal in a manner that still resonates today.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 100% A Moment in the Reeds (2017) A Moment in the Reeds may be tender and insightful, but it's also sexy as hell.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3.5/5 98% The Cakemaker (2018) There is an earnest, emotional truth to the characters and their relationships - which is plain to see in their faces, even when secrets are being hidden.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
89% The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017) A strange religious parable that is far closer to the stuff of nightmares than anything remotely holy.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
5/5 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) It's hard for me to talk about this film without just hurling adjectives at the page; it's tender, beautiful, sexy, hilarious and deeply moving - a romance story for the ages, directed and acted with a passionate sincerity.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/5 94% Chavela (2017) Chavela is a film about the power of one woman's music that is every bit as emotional as the songs she made legendary. You definitely won't forget the name Chavela Vargas after watching this.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
86% Beach Rats (2017) Beach Rats is a new take on a classic coming out story - and it feels thrillingly contemporary. This is undoubtably one of 2017's best LGBT films.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
3/5 100% The Fabulous Allan Carr (2017) The Fabulous Allan Carr is a loving showbiz documentary, shedding some light on one of the most prominent Hollywood figures of a bygone era - even if it doesn't dig as deep as you would like it to.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
100% Rebels on Pointe (2017) As a tribute to the current roster of dancers and an exploration of their extraordinary daily routines, Rebels on Pointe is very much, ahem, on point.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Hooked (2018) It may be far from perfect, but I was hooked from start to finish.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
78% Discreet (2018) Despite the disturbing subject matter and matter of fact way in which it is dealt, it's hard not to search for deeper meaning when coming face to face with a character so believably broken beyond belief.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
80% Opening Night (2017) Don't be put off by the premise - Opening Night is a consistently funny and highly quotable directorial debut.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Do You Take This Man (2017) You root for the couple and want to make sure they make it down the aisle unscathed- and how many recent screen romances can you say that for?‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Political Animals (2016) This is important, essential viewing- and as positive as the outcomes here are, it is still a vital reminder of the important LGBT rights issues that need to be addressed in the regressive Trump era. This film is needed now more than ever.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet The Naked Civil Servant (1975) The Naked Civil Servant is camp and unabashedly so - but it has far more going on beneath the surface, and helped usher in more nuanced portrayals of LGBT people and culture in the years to come.‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
63% Tomcat (Kater) (2016) A masterclass in generating tension from the most mundane events, going so far as to indirectly ask the viewer if they would ever truly be able to trust their partners, despite never knowing what is going on inside their minds at any given moment. ‐ Gay Essential
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
6/10 31% King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a failure - but a wholly enjoyable one, that in its best moments manages to capture the boundless fun that made audiences fall in love with Guy Ritchie's films in the first place.‐ Cut Print Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
5/10 79% T2 Trainspotting (2017) T2: Trainspotting is unsurprisingly disappointing, even though a strong third act proves that it isn't a total waste of time. ‐ Cut Print Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/10 35% Live By Night (2017) A wrongheaded attempt at a noir thriller that manages to make cinema's coolest genre look utterly, irredeemably ridiculous.‐ Cut Print Film
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 92% Logan Lucky (2017) Logan Lucky is momentarily entertaining, but it is very quickly forgettable; a minor work from one of American cinema's most restless mainstream filmmakers that has such little impact, he might as well have remained in retirement.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
3/5 85% The King's Choice (2017) The King's Choice is an important piece of World War II history translated into an effective drama - albeit one that doesn't accurately portray the tension of the situation to the extent it deserves.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4/5 78% All the Money in the World (2017) This is one of the best films Ridley Scott has put his name to in recent memory - it operates equally well as a prestige-tinged genre effort and as a nail-biting popcorn movie.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 85% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) It's quite ironic that a film about immortality will prove to have very little longevity in the minds of cinema goers.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
4.5/5 97% Coco (2017) This is a beautiful film, filled with visual wonder and warm humour, not to mention packing one of the year's hardest emotional punches. If you aren't left feeling completely moved by it, I'd suggest urgently checking your pulse.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2/5 50% Downsizing (2017) This is an oddly cruel film, with a wide visual imagination frequently undercut by the narrow minded characterisations and a highly unfocused narrative that can't work out whether it's acting as political commentary, or a half baked adventure movie.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018
2.5/5 84% Darkest Hour (2017) It's worthy of an award for "most acting", but as for giving the year's best performance, that accolade should be reserved for a performer who disappeared in to their character, instead of merely disappearing into the excessive make-up design.‐ Cinemazine
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018