Bite Size: Life

Life

It’s life Jim, but not as we know it….

It’s pretty clear from the first five minutes what Life is trying to be, a strange kind of hybrid of Alien and Gravity, with an unhealthy dose of John Carpenters’ The Thing thrown in to liven things up. They say in space no-one hears you scream, but Life bucks this trend and boy do we get a lot of screaming.

The plot, for what it’s worth, centres around a group of ‘scientists’ (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Hiroyuki Sanada amongst others) on board the International Space Station, tasked with catching (quite literally), a returning probe containing soil samples from Mars. In the samples, they discover the first incontrovertible proof of life on Mars, which after some poking and prodding, they find is none too friendly. Carnage ensues. (more…)

Nocturnal Animals

Nocturnal Animals

The eyes don’t lie

Nocturnal Animals, the second film from fashion designer Tom Ford, is a stylised yet substantial thriller, in which LA art gallery owner Susan Morrow’s (Amy Adams) world is shattered by the arrival of a dark and violent manuscript written by her ex-husband. It forces her to confront some disturbing and troubling truths.

Many have said that they would pay to see Amy Adams read the telephone directory, and this is perhaps the closest we may ever get to witnessing this. On paper, a film about a character reading a manuscript over a weekend is not entirely cinematic, but Ford takes this premise and through a series of extended flashbacks, coupled with Susan’s visualisation of her ex-husband’s words, brings the story hurtling into life. (more…)