Dragged

Dragged Across Concrete (2018)

There is a sequence near the beginning of Dragged Across Concrete where ageing NYPD detective Brett Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his younger partner Anthony Lurasetti (Vince Vaughn) are called into the office of their chief – and Brett’s former partner – Lt Calvert (Don Johnson) to be reprimanded for their conduct on a case. We…

99

Brawl In Cell Block 99 (2017)

Brawl In Cell Block 99 first published by Sight & Sound, January 2018 Review: “I’m not really interested in the economy,” says Bradley Thomas (Vince Vaughn) at the beginning of Brawl In Cell Block 99. Intercepted by his boss Dean in front of the car shop where he works, Bradley – who will come to be…

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…

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Longer version of piece published by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015 “This is why frontier life is so difficult. Not because of the Indians or the elements, but because of the idiots. You’re idiots!” Indeed, S. Craig Zahler’s directorial debut is set in the…