The 65th Cannes film festival acts as the backdrop for this compelling, if somewhat misguided documentary from James Toback. Accompanied by Alec Baldwin, Toback sets out to shame Hollywood for its decision to continually churn out megabuck franchises and mediocrity rather than investing in risky, original cinema. Read more>>
Katherine McLaughlin is a London based freelance film reviewer and features writer for numerous outlets including Cinetalk, Starburst Magazine, New Empress Magazine and Filmoria. Kat's cinematic loves are horror, sci-fi, arthouse and indie with a keen interest in documentaries. She is also a regular attendee of many international film festivals including Berlinale, Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival and Frightfest.
Articles by Katherine McLaughlin
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Sheffield DocFest and they chose to celebrate it in style. Read the rest of this entry »
Keeping with his usual dark themes, South Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) makes an assured American debut with this stunning psycho thriller – a cruel, calculated coming of age story that glides elegantly through topics of sexual awakening and fractured family values Read more>>
Brandon Cronenberg (son of David) has written and directed an intense and disturbing debut film looking at society’s increasing obsession with celebrity. Getting to the sick heart of this cultural disease, Cronenberg has created a white walled world that delivers a claustrophobic film experience with a mesmerising central performance from Caleb Landry Jones. Read more>>
Jen and Sylvia Soska’s American Mary summons the spirit of Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers with classical music, cold instruments and red scrubs along with a dark Lynchian aesthetic. There are Asian and European horror influences too, yet astonishingly the film feels personal and unique. Intelligent ideas, fascinating body modification procedures and a controlled performance from Katharine Isabelle, in the lead role, all make for hypnotic viewing. Read more>>.