Young Adult

Young Adult (2011)

Young Adult first published by movieScope In 2007, young director Jason Reitman and first-time screenwriter Diablo Cody teamed up to create whipsmart teen pregnancy comedy Juno. Now their latest collaboration, Young Adult, represents a reunion in more ways than one, as they revisit previous preoccupations (adolescence and parenthood) from the perspective of arrested grown-ups rather…

Candy

Hard Candy (2005)

Hard Candy first published by Film4 Summary: Ellen Page turns the tables on Patrick Wilson in this controversy-courting feature debut from David Slade, part exploitation thriller, part morality tale. Review: After exchanging risqué messages with a much older man for three weeks in an internet chatroom, finally 14-year-old Hayley (Ellen Page) agrees to meet him in a coffee…

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

First published by SciFiNow “There’s a case in Long Island he’d like to discuss.” In James Wan’s The Conjuring, this last line spoken by Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) to her husband Ed (Patrick Wilson) alludes to the couple’s most famous (and most filmed) paranormal investigation at Amityville. In fact, Farmiga had originally said ‘in London’, conjuring the…

Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone Tomahawk first published in Sight & Sound, March 2016 Review: “Riders comin’ in one way, savages the other,” says Buddy (Sid Haig) to his bushwhacking partner Purvis (David Arquette), describing, in the opening sequence to Bone Tomahawk, the no man’s land that they have entered between civilisation and the stone age, while also setting forth…

Insidious

Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

Insidious: Chapter 3 first published by TheHorrorShow This may be the first instalment in the Insidious franchise that is a formal prequel, but in fact the whole Insidious series has been fixated on the past. The 2010 original and the 2013 sequel concerned the Lambert family, moving house to leave past troubles behind them and hoping…

Conjuring

The Conjuring (2013)

The Conjuring first published by Grolsch FilmWorks. “Nothing’s a toy – not even the toy monkey.” This is how demonologist Ed Warren (Patrick Wilson) describes to a journalist the artefacts, collected from countless cases, that he and his wife Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) keep locked safely away in their home. We have already been introduced to a…