3 items from 2017
A gloriously repellent performance by M Emmet Walsh is one of many highlights of this thriller – a drum-tight gem that launched a film-making phenomenon
The Coen brothers’ debut from 1984 is this superb, slightly atypical classic (which got a little-known and rather baffling Chinese-language remake from Zhang Yimou in 2009 entitled A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop). The original is now getting a rerelease: a gripping, drum-tight noir masterpiece to compare with Touch of Evil.
Apart from everything else, it has one of the most disturbing nightmare scenes I have ever sat through. Yet for all the mastery with which it is written and planned out, right down to the spectacular final line and the eerie brilliance of the dying man’s point of view, Blood Simple does not hint – or does so only indirectly – at the more prolix wit, the verbal, visual riffing and offbeat wackiness of the Coens’ later gems. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Last Seduction: Coppola Eschews Subtext with High Profile Remake
Claiming to be a closer adaptation to Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel than the famed 1971 Don Siegel version starring Clint Eastwood, Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled unfortunately seems a missed opportunity.
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- Nicholas Bell
Shaun Munro reviews the first episode of Iron Fist…
Iron Fist arrives on Netflix today amid the bad-pr double-whammy of whitewashing accusations and a fleet of negative early reviews, but for those prepared to keep an open-mind, can the streaming giant’s fourth Marvel show still deliver the goods?
Well, it seems to get one thing right from the up; the first two episodes are helmed by legendary film noir director John Dahl (Red Rock West, The Last Seduction), who in recent years has worked on a litany of acclaimed TV shows such as Dexter, Breaking Bad, Homeland, Hannibal, The Americans and House of Cards, to name just a few.
Sadly, however, this season primer isn’t the most invigorating introduction to Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City after being presumed dead in a plane crash with his parents, to find the family business now controlled »
- Shaun Munro
3 items from 2017