It felt like a remarkably good year for cinema. And that was without getting Godard in 3D.
In Mockingjay Part One, everyone’s working for the media
A tribute to the recently re-discovered innovator
In Gone Girl, David Fincher’s cold perfectionism makes black humour out of tabloid shocks- and may even complete a media-age revenge trilogy
The life of Margaret Wise Brown
Some Dylan obscurities and cover versions to mark the release of the expanded Basement Tapes…
An alien Scarlett Johansson gets under your skin.
The Moomins, and their gift of tolerance
Remembering the greatest band in the whole wide world
Youth, art and radical politics in the Olivier Assayas film After May
From the Righteous Brothers to Yelawolf and beyond…
Gareth Edwards reboots Godzilla – the monster that’s all metaphor.
Teen moviedom’s greatest black comedy, a quarter of a century later
Celebrating 25 years of hip hop’s best-loved album
In films like A Separation and The Past, Asghar Farhadi has become Iran’s most celebrated cultural export. There’s a price.
The love songs of the middle-aged mope
Why Spike Jonze’s Her could be the most romantic film of the year.
Are you lonely too? Hi Five! So am I!
The year the movies got small, and the small screen got big
Likely highlights from the best on offer at Silo Park
Is Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s so-called “return to form” really as good as they say?
Sandra Bullock and the space/light dimension…
This black metal / shoegaze hybrid is (almost) everyone’s pick as album of the year
The use of music in Vince Gilligan’s great series
Feet don’t fail my words
Life on the emotional edge, with the bear father and the mouse child
Maybe Pacific Rim is the best film that Guillermo Del Toro could have made right now
Eagles may be high and free, but they’re also birds of prey
The clown prince of hip hop comes to town
Paying dues to the Piedmont style of blues