All articles by John Bleasdale

Reviews

Last Night in Soho explores the toxic side of nostalgia

Edgar Wright’s thriller has “the exhilaration of an old fairground ride” but manages to hold its wild mix of genres together.

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

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

By John Bleasdale

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

Pinocchio review: Matteo Garrone carves a classic tale into something new

By John Bleasdale

Pinocchio review: Matteo Garrone carves a classic tale into something new
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

The Perfect Candidate review: a political fable fuelled by optimism

By John Bleasdale

The Perfect Candidate review: a political fable fuelled by optimism
Reviews

Echo review: a mosaic of an Icelandic Christmas

By John Bleasdale

Echo review: a mosaic of an Icelandic Christmas
Reviews

The Traitor first look: Marco Bellocchio’s murky tale of a mafia informant

By John Bleasdale

The Traitor first look: Marco Bellocchio’s murky tale of a mafia informant
Reviews

Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo first look: a downer on the dance floor

By John Bleasdale

Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo first look: a downer on the dance floor
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
News

What should have won the 2019 Cannes Palme d’Or?

By Isabel Stevens, Nick James and others

What should have won the 2019 Cannes Palme d’Or?
Reviews

The Orphanage first look: Quodrat comes of age in late Soviet-era Afghanistan

By John Bleasdale

The Orphanage first look: Quodrat comes of age in late Soviet-era Afghanistan
Reviews

The Unknown Saint first look: a lean, timeless desert caper

By John Bleasdale

The Unknown Saint first look: a lean, timeless desert caper
Reviews

Peterloo first look: Mike Leigh’s cudgel for a massacre

By John Bleasdale

Peterloo first look: Mike Leigh’s cudgel for a massacre
Reviews

First Man first look: an elegant, intimate epic about the Moon landing

By John Bleasdale

First Man first look: an elegant, intimate epic about the Moon landing
Reviews

Yara first look: a celebration of innocence and young love

By John Bleasdale

Yara first look: a celebration of innocence and young love
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
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