All articles by John Bleasdale

Festivals

Compartment No. 6 forces a chalk-and-cheese couple into a cramped train carriage

For his second feature, director Juho Kuosmanen journeys into the cold of 90s Russia for a witty and boozy ‘road’ movie, which squeezes miner Lyokha into close quarters with student Laura.

By John Bleasdale

Compartment No. 6 forces a chalk-and-cheese couple into a cramped train carriage
Reviews

The Last Duel is a historical epic that’s committed to nuanced storytelling

By John Bleasdale

The Last Duel is a historical epic that’s committed to nuanced storytelling
Reviews

Last Night in Soho explores the toxic side of nostalgia

By John Bleasdale

Last Night in Soho explores the toxic side of nostalgia
Festivals

Spencer is a portrait of a royal on the verge of a nervous breakdown

By John Bleasdale

Spencer is a portrait of a royal on the verge of a nervous breakdown
Festivals

Locarno round-up: the best of the 2021 festival

By John Bleasdale

Locarno round-up: the best of the 2021 festival
Festivals

The Legionnaire examines racial tensions amongst Roman riot police

By John Bleasdale

The Legionnaire examines racial tensions amongst Roman riot police
Festivals

Mad God writhes through an underworld drenched in bodily fluids

By John Bleasdale

Mad God writhes through an underworld drenched in bodily fluids
Festivals

Titane is a full-throttle masterpiece of road-rage, violence and queerness

By John Bleasdale

Titane is a full-throttle masterpiece of road-rage, violence and queerness
Festivals

Three Floors is a Roman apartment block story not worth writing home about

By John Bleasdale

Three Floors is a Roman apartment block story not worth writing home about
Festivals

Benedetta is transfigured by ecstacy both religious and sexual

By John Bleasdale

Benedetta is transfigured by ecstacy both religious and sexual
Reviews

Sound of Metal follows Riz Ahmed away from the noise

By John Bleasdale

Sound of Metal follows Riz Ahmed away from the noise
Festivals

Ted K visits the Unabomber’s neck of the woods

By John Bleasdale

Ted K visits the Unabomber’s neck of the woods
Festivals

Ninjababy pits a reluctant mother-to-be against her sweary unborn offspring

By John Bleasdale

Ninjababy pits a reluctant mother-to-be against her sweary unborn offspring
Festivals

Riders of Justice shows Mads Mikkelsen wreaking paternal vengeange

By John Bleasdale

Riders of Justice shows Mads Mikkelsen wreaking paternal vengeange
Interviews

“We did a real séance on Zoom”: Rob Savage on video call horror Host

By John Bleasdale

“We did a real séance on Zoom”: Rob Savage on video call horror Host
Reviews

Never Gonna Snow Again follows a magical mystery masseur in the land of the bourgeoisie

By John Bleasdale

Never Gonna Snow Again follows a magical mystery masseur in the land of the bourgeoisie
Reviews

Waiting for the Barbarians review: a vital portrait of an empire in decline

By John Bleasdale

Waiting for the Barbarians review: a vital portrait of an empire in decline
Reviews

Red 11 first look: Robert Rodriguez goes lo with a tongue-in-cheek instructional horror

By John Bleasdale

Red 11 first look: Robert Rodriguez goes lo with a tongue-in-cheek instructional horror
Reviews

Suburban Birds first look: Qiu Sheng’s debut feature forges magical links between generations

By John Bleasdale

Suburban Birds first look: Qiu Sheng’s debut feature forges magical links between generations