The Early Films of David Gordon Green

HEARTBREAK ON THE EDGE OF TOWN Prior to the narrative missteps of stagnant stoner comedies, medieval make-believe and midnight child-minding misadventure, director David Gordon Green carefully crafted graceful, heartfelt and deeply moving cinema. The young filmmaker’s insular stories shadowed unremarkable individuals through rural small town communities, observing their relationships with one another, allowing seemingly mundane […]

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Léon 20th Anniversary Edition Review: Conscience Killer

THE PROFESSIONAL Starring Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in her film debut, Léon tells the tale of the titular Hitman and his unlikely personal and professional relationship with eleven-year-old Mathilda. After Mathilda’s dysfunctional drug-running family are murdered by corrupt DEA agent Norman Stansfield (Gary Oldman), the orphan finds refuge in her mysterious neighbour. Upon discovering […]

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Only God Forgives Review: Restless Sinners

CITY OF DEMONS Without a shadow of a doubt Only God Forgives is one of the most unsettling, relentlessly oppressive and utterly compelling films of the 21st century. It is not a typical Nicolas Winding-Refn picture, nor is it a typical Ryan Gosling flick, and using 2011’s Drive as our primary piece of empirical evidence, […]

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Heaven’s Gate Review: The Revisionist War

EPIC SENSIBILITIES Today, if you type ‘Heaven’s Gate’ into Google your first result will be for a Wikipedia entry regarding the San Diego ‘UFO based Doomsday cult’ of the same name. Sadly, similarly to many 1970’s cults, things went south in the form of a mass-suicide as opposed to the interstellar direction its members were […]

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