Donnie Darko at 15

Early in Donnie Darko, Drew Barrymore reads to a high school English class from Graham Greene’s short story “The Destructors”: ‘It was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his fifteenth year crystallised with the pain of puberty.’ My own pubescent pain is itself crystallised in memory by the approximately seven second shot even earlier in the film that begins with the opening notes of Echo & The Bunnymen’s “The Killing Moon”, as Jake Gyllenhaal’s eponymous 16 year old wipes the sleep out of his eyes, riding his bike in pyjamas down Carpathian Ridge, a perfect encapsulation of the entwined angst and optimism of adolescence. Continue reading

50: Best of 2014 – Film


This week: completing our round-up of 2014, Josh and Chris each count down their top ten films to gain UK release last year. Continue reading

47: He Managed to Make the GUU a Magical Place


god help the girl

This week: God Help the Girl revisited (at length) because now Chris has seen it too and has things to say about it, two separate yet thematically overlapping all-night horror marathons and assorted other bits and pieces from our past couple of months’ viewing. Continue reading

41: Nick Offerman Cosplaying as Alain Delon


This week: Chris and Josh talk the best films they saw over the summer under their own auspices, whether rep screening, rental or otherwise, with Josh batting for The Heartbreak Kid, Birth, M and Miami Vice, and Chris on Billy Wilder, Preston Sturges, Mitchell Leisen and Sam Fuller. Continue reading

40: ‘I Have a Lot of Time for Lucy’ as Desi Arnaz Once Said


This week: the first film episode since returning sees Chris and Josh cast an eye over the summer that was, taking in blockbusters and otherwise including Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Lucy and Boyhood. Continue reading

36: Richard Burton Playing Bane and Talking About Concrete



This week: Under the Skin captures Glasgow like never before, Andrei Rublev is our classic of the month and Chris finds himself unexpectedly evangelising on behalf of Michael Bay. Continue reading