Trebuchet

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Rating Title/Year Author
Breaking Habits (2018) Naila Scargill Fascinating for its charismatic central figure in Sister Kate, but an overall misfire due to a hotchpotch edit. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Beast (2017) Naila Scargill A juxtaposition of serial killer mystery and genre romance, the film boasts an absorbing tonal shift from drama to psychological thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Under the Tree (2017) Naila Scargill A deliciously dark satire that examines the fragile nature of civility in a suburban setting, where it can take very little to provoke savagery and the collapse of a delicate social order. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Take Shelter (2011) Naila Scargill Boasting an insidious dread throughout, the tension builds to near unbearable levels in this effective and powerful portrait of the deterioration of mental health. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Path of Blood (2018) Naila Scargill Pulling no punches, this is not for the faint of heart; the titular blood is very, very real. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
McKellen: Playing the Part (2017) Naila Scargill An essential watch for both fans of McKellen and those interested in an experienced actor's perspective as a whole. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
A Cambodian Spring (2017) Naila Scargill As a deft balance of personal portrait and unbiased, narrative-free reporting, the effect is devastating. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
No Intenso Agora (2017) Naila Scargill Salles raises the point that we do not always observe political nuance in our everyday lives in the present-food for thought and another factor in his astute analysis of the personal and psychological nature of revolution. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
That Good Night (2017) Naila Scargill Hurt and Dance share a wonderful rapport and one can't help but wish That Good Night had been a two-hander. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Custody (2017) Naila Scargill Powerful in its neorealism, this impressive feature debut is not an easy watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Gook (2017) Naila Scargill Despite an underlying harshness, the film is often light, its playful moments easing the strain of its everyday racism. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Sandome No Satsujin (2017) Naila Scargill Eschewing the snappy edit typical of the thriller genre in favour of a dialogue-driven narrative, The Third Murder is a legal procedural with a difference; deliberate pacing requires full attention, creating an engrossing experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Age of Innocence (1993) Naila Scargill Scorsese's camera caresses meticulous mise en scène, creating an opulent world that showcases the characters' materialism, underlining both their social standing and determination to keep up appearances. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Megan Leavey (2017) Naila Scargill Rex is war lite, but as a film about trust, it hits the mark, staying just the right side of schmaltz. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Yi Yi (2000) Naila Scargill Yang thoughtfully balances disparate characters' intricate stories to represent anatomies of society. The effect is both gentle and profound. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Party (2017) Naila Scargill A deliciously bitey satire on bourgeois pretensions, The Party is a hoot from comfortable, upper-middle-class beginning to catastrophic, bitter end. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Nelyubov (2017) Naila Scargill Loathsome protagonists inspire no sympathy in this barely concealed attack on Putin's Russia; it is a cold experience that offers no hope. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Strangled (2016) Naila Scargill As the killer (a very good Károly Hajduk) stalks his victims, the shots are stylised and would not feel out of place in a slasher movie. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
God's Own Country (2017) Naila Scargill Themes of pride, shame and reluctant humility underpin the love story at hand to create a rich commentary on relationships. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Daphne (2017) Naila Scargill A refreshing, believable portrait of mental illness. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
My Life Story (2018) Naila Scargill Warm, laugh-out-loud funny, and, at times, touching. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
High-Rise (2015) Naila Scargill Darkly comic and no less terrifying for it, Amy Jump's adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise is timely for the British political landscape. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Mule (2014) Naila Scargill Excellent writing and direction successfully meld thriller elements to make for a surprisingly rich black comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Attacking the Devil: Harold Evans and the Last Nazi War Crime (2014) Naila Scargill It is rare that a documentary achieve a level of so rousing that one could almost apply the genre of thriller, yet Attacking the Devil manages it. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Lost in Karastan (2014) Naila Scargill Pitching itself as a satirical black comedy, Lost in Karastan ultimately falls flat. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Little Accidents (2014) Naila Scargill With its central themes of guilt and blame, Little Accidents has the potential to be an emotionally intense affair, but doesn't quite hit the mark. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) Naila Scargill The film's greatest strength is Spheeris' knack for fitting comfortably in with her subjects; it's clear they trust her, which enables her to capture the rawness on tape. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Appropriate Behavior (2014) Naila Scargill A script that is often hilarious-"Don't give me your lesbian orphan propaganda!"- delivered via quick-fire dialogue, boasts an improvised feel, while the edit adeptly weaves together the film's intercut timelines. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Moebius (2013) Naila Scargill There is a certain kind of theatre to the violence here, the physical movements almost dance-like as our actors portray all through the power of facial expression. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Rocket (2013) Naila Scargill What elevates The Rocket from a good film to outstanding is the performance of Sitthiphon Disamoe, our spirited central character. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) Naila Scargill A seamless edit effectively melds the story's past joy and present sorrow to emphasise its tragic outcome. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Magnificent Presence (2012) Naila Scargill Falls prey to its own charming funniness, the script a tad too rushed and soon gives up on the frightfulness of the border between fantasy and reality for our protagonist in favour of comedy. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Lunchbox (2013) Naila Scargill Delivers a poignancy that has its edge taken off with a largely understated humour, and a smart edit that plays with sound to laugh-out-loud effect. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Short Term 12 (2013) Naila Scargill Has the viewer well and truly captured in its lonely, wretched basis. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Teenage (2013) Naila Scargill An interesting, idiosyncratic piece that, thanks to an excellent edit, creates the impression that we are somehow following one single generation throughout the four decades represented. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Fire in the Blood (2012) Naila Scargill An essential watch that is laden with information, what is admirable about Fire in the Blood is Gray's decision to not take a political slant-an easy, obvious approach-allowing the story to speak for itself purely from a humanitarian angle. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
No (2012) Naila Scargill A powerful experience, much more so for a largely unsentimental approach that does not forget its raison d'être. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Holy Motors (2012) Naila Scargill A viewing experience that won't be forgotten, director and writer Leos Carax's filmic ode to cinema blurring the lines between its own reality and the fantasy worlds held within. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Life of Pi (2012) Naila Scargill Ultimately, Life of Pi as film is a visual complement to Yann Martel's story as opposed to a fresh telling of its own EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) Naila Scargill Inside Out attempts a look at who the man is, truly believing itself as presenting some insight. To a degree, yes, but the documentary is ultimately unfulfilling, choosing just one aspect of his personality to stretch to feature-length. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Pigpen (1969) Naila Scargill Nothing in Pigsty is delivered to the viewer, the vast majority of the film requiring interpretation, other than a powerful final scene that leaves us in no doubt as to Pasolini's opinions on the hypocrisy of a bourgeoisie. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966) Naila Scargill The hawks, thought to have taken on the message only to continue attacking the sparrows, is an allegory that makes a timeless statement on the absolute pointlessness of organised religion. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Metropolis (1927) Naila Scargill Fritz Lang's dystopian sci-fi epic remains a spectacle, boasting some exquisite set design. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
The Island President (2011) Naila Scargill The Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award, part of a programme in association with the Sundance Institute, is given to films that heighten sustainability awareness. And they could not have picked a better candidate than The Island President. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Electrick Children (2012) Naila Scargill Essentially a coming-of-age road-trip story, it certainly has a great hook: virgin birth by rock 'n' roll is going to intrigue most viewers. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Where Do We Go Now? (2011) Naila Scargill Working so hard on the rapport and comedy early on means that the dramatic elements, when they do come, jar a little. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Arirang (2011) Naila Scargill Themes of depression, introspection and gradual resurfacing are universal; anybody who has ever struggled with their mental health could take something from Arirang. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Le repos du guerrier (1962) Naila Scargill Bardot shows little range throughout, and one can't help but think that there is a much better film for the finding, if only for a different star. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Columbus Circle (2010) Naila Scargill More twists are thrown our way, each more predictable than the last, taking Columbus Circle firmly into parody and a climax that is just laugh-out-loud absurd. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Rolling Thunder (1977) Naila Scargill The film should be viewed by any pondering war and its psychological consequences. And, if not made clear enough already, the acting on offer is simply fantastic. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019