You step off the dilapidated coach, warm trade winds kicking at the fedora you haggled for at the village market, and into your “resplendent” holiday villa-complex. Then you discover the brochure hadn’t been entirely truthful. You were promised El Dorado, the Mysterious City of Gold, and instead you got El [...]Read more ›
Articles by: Steve Thompson
A rock star and a stand up comic, are things that Steve would like to be. In reality, he is an acclaimed cartoonist, writer and film critic, his cartoons described as “delightfully weird” and his choice of movie almost always offbeat, surprising and of unparalleled good taste. He is also responsible for designing The Arbuturian’s logo.
It’s a curious facet of the human psychological condition that we actively seek to do what we’re told explicitly not to. As either a child or adult we’re all familiar with exchanges such as this: “DO NOT touch that!” “But why not, Mum?” “Because I said so!” “But it’s just [...]Read more ›
I’m no fan of the 3D film. Something about having my eyes covered in any way while engaged with a medium that is at least 50% visual doesn’t sit well. Then there is the fact that film is three-dimensional already (time is a dimension) so the name is incorrect. And [...]Read more ›
“I found myself fascinated and excited by Marley. At times it drew me close to tears. I didn’t of course, actually cry. In fact, had I cried, I would still probably say that I didn’t of course, cry.”Read more ›
Adam Wingard’s 2010 film stands as an impressive achievement; intense performances, a restrained and understated script, and a twisted, thrilling tale. But undermining all of this, a few creative decisions threaten to derail the film entirely. Does the remainder withstand this onslaught? Is the powerful substance more noteworthy than the [...]Read more ›
Comfortably replete with Jarlsberg cheese, Vikingfjord Vodka and some wonderful Scandinavian pastries, you could be forgiven for thinking I’d forgotten I was there to review a film. But this was just the very genial introduction to a new Norwegian film hitting UK shores in April.Read more ›