Gareth Jones

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Film Review

The Third Murder

By - Gareth Jones For fans of Hirokazu Kore-eda, thoughtful murder mysteries, ethical debates artfully presented I still remember barely moving, just sitting in my seat after viewing Afterlife in 1998. It was mine, and the world’s first major introduction to the future auteur director Hirokazu Kore-eda and his deeply moving and beautiful cinema.  In the next two decades, he has established himself as one of if not the greatest […]

todayJuly 18, 2024 17

Film Review

MaXXXine

By - Gareth Jones For fans of meta-horror/self-reflexive cinema, 80’s slasher/giallo homage, Ti West, Mia Goth Ti West has now been making horror films for over 15 years.  Most, if not all, of his films are homages to classics of the genre or at least the aesthetic to specific decades, in particular the 70s and 80s.  You can definitely tell he has a love for the genre but is also […]

todayJuly 11, 2024 36

Film Review

The Cat

By - Gareth Jones For fans of weird cat movies, bizarre Hong Kong cat movies, unusual science fiction cat movies. (Do you detect a theme?) For the majority of my life, I have been a dog person. This is mostly due to the fact that my mother and I had cat allergies.  That changed when I got married and my dear wife had two cats. It permanently changed one fateful […]

todayJuly 4, 2024 28

Film Review

Thelma

By - Gareth Jones For fans of June Squibb and Richard Roundtree, unusual action/comedy films, revenge against con artists June Squibb’s career changed overnight when she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Alexander Payne’s 2013 film Nebraska.  She had a long and successful career on stage and screen but this launched her into a new realm at the ripe old age of 83.  In the decade since, she has […]

todayJune 27, 2024 43

Film Review

If From Every Tongue It Dripped

By - Gareth Jones For fans of experimental documentaries, international queer stories and poetry, philosophical connections between science and art Continuing the spotlight on queer cinema for Pride Month, I decided to challenge myself by watching a film by someone I didn’t know.  The Criterion Channel (always a worthy investment) has a wonderful selection this month and a great introduction by film scholar/programmer Dennis Lim and Criterion curator of Queersighted: […]

todayJune 13, 2024 39

Film Review

I Don’t Know (1970) – Ungentle (2023)

By - Gareth Jones For fans of short films, LGBTQ+ stories, Penelope Spheeris, and Ben Whishaw This is Pride month, so I thought it fitting to review a couple of wonderful short films that focus on LGBTQIA+ themes. These two films represent different eras but are still very connected to today’s world and representation. The first is I Don’t Know, directed by Penelope Spheeris, who is best known for the […]

todayJune 6, 2024 45

Film Review

Strawberry Mansion

By - Gareth Jones For fans of David Lynch, lo-tech sci-fi, lightly philosophical yet humorous love stories Sometimes names just stick with you.  That is the case of the star and co-director/writer of Strawberry Mansion.  The name I am referring to is Kentucker Audley.  His real name is Andrew Nenninger.  Quite a difference when you are trying to stay in someone’s memory.  Staying in someone’s memory is an actual theme […]

todayMay 30, 2024 42

Film Review

Sasquatch Sunset

By - Gareth Jones For fans of the Zellner brothers, Cryptozoology films, Micheal Cera and Riley Keough in full body suits Nathan and David Zellner have had quite a career. Between the two of them, they have acted in 75 films, and written/directed seven feature length films as well as numerous shorts and television projects. Their last three films have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, which is where I […]

todayMay 25, 2024 39

Film Review

An Accidental Studio

By - Gareth Jones For fans of Monty Python HIstory, George Harrison History, Independent British Film History One of the most important films in my cinematic life is 1981’s Time Bandits.  I was ten years old and I felt like this movie was made specifically for me.  It was Terry Gilliam’s second directorial film and little did I know at the time how this film would connect so many important […]

todayMay 16, 2024 44

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