At the recent New York premiere of We Need To Talk About Kevin, a scruffy looking kid with thrift store apparel and long-unattended to hair, told The Observer of the decision he’s made to never play a character he doesn’t deem “honest”. We had just seen him depict an intense psychological battle with his on screen mother, Tilda Swinton, which concluded in the most unforgiving of ways.
We Need to Talk About Kevin. Why? I’d rather just ignore him—and this vile, pretentious movie—completely. With an incomprehensible script and jigsaw-puzzle direction, both by Scottish poseur Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher), and a loopy performance by weirdo Tilda Swinton as the half-mad mother of a serial killer, this is the most unwatchable horror movie masquerading as social comment I have seen this year.
The Observer descended upon the euphoniously named Hotel Chantelle, safe in the knowledge that if the party celebrating the New York premiere of, We Need To Talk about Kevin, was going to go into the night—and our dedication to the cause didn’t waiver—we could always book ourselves in. We were surprised to learn, then, that this was not an hotel at all, but a “tri-story venue with a rooftop restaurant, lounge and bar”. Our task was made even harder by the copious amounts of celebrity actors and models on show, all thanks to the sponsorship of Italian jewelry maker Pomellato.
Tilda Swinton produced I Am Love with director pal Luca Guadagnino, and she stars as the Russian-born matriarch of a wealthy Italian family who’s having an affair with her son’s friend. As this is a movie about illicit romance in Italy, there’s outdoor sex; as the son’s friend is a chef, there’s plenty Read More
The Limits of Control
Running time 116 minutes
Written and DIRECTED BY Jim Jarmusch
Starring Isaach De Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt
As bad movies go, a nightmare called The Limits of Control can’t go fast enough to suit me. This is an empty, boring sedative by Jim Jarmusch, a writer-director with not enough talent Read More
For reasons we can’t explain, we don’t know a single other person who watches Medium. It’s especially weird because the show, now in its fifth season, is one of the best domestic dramas on television. Sure, Patricia Arquette plays the psychically-talented Alison DuBois, and yes, she sees dead people (sometimes she even is Read More
With the warmer months nearly upon us, the oversize fur hats that have been perched on the well-groomed heads of celebrities, socialites and hip-hop moguls all winter will finally be put in storage. So let us now take a moment to remember the season of furry hats that was.
Often made of fox or rabbit Read More
It’s 2 AM and you awake with a jerk, alone in your fully-lit apartment and still on the couch. On TV, the credits of some movie you’ve already seen a billion times are scrolling by. It feels like rock bottom. And we know, because we’re just like you: single.
Need a movie to keep you Read More
Burn After Reading
Running time 96 minutes
Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, from their own screenplay, strikes me as one of the most willfully awful movies I’ve ever seen. What Read More
Best Supporting Actress winner Tilda Swinton nuked the fashion competition at the recent Oscars. With her 70’s Bowie hair—remember the cover of Low, the brilliant 1977 album?—and her black velvet Lanvin one-sleeved toga, La Swinton made all those other gals in their fussy bustier glamour gowns look like a bunch of Republican drears on their Read More