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Past articles by Lou:


Darren Aronofsky on The Whale: “No one’s seen this side of Brendan”

The director of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan tells us about the Oscar-tipped comeback turn of Brendan Fraser in his new obesity drama The Whale. → Read More


Rye Lane: Raine Allen-Miller on her south London not-quite romcom

Director Raine Allen-Miller shares with us the inspirations behind her feature debut and the importance of shooting in south London. → Read More


How to make a great whodunnit

Sam Rockwell, David Oyelowo and Pearl Chanda – stars of the ensemble period thriller See How They Run – share their recipe for an irresistible movie mystery. → Read More


Alex Garland on Men, his shapeshifting rural chiller: “All folk horror owes The Wicker Man something”

The director of Ex Machina and Annihilation, Alex Garland is back with a folk horror film for the #MeToo era. We spoke to him about Green Man imagery, body-horror effects and the influence of anime. → Read More


Sam Raimi on 20 years of the superhero era: “I think other types of movies will rise again”

He helped kick it all off with Spider-Man in 2002, 20 years ago. Now he’s back with his first MCU film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But does Sam Raimi have any regrets about the dominance of the superhero movie? → Read More


Scream: 5 essential moments from the meta slasher series

Twenty-five years after the UK release of Wes Craven’s postmodern twist on the slasher genre, and with the fifth Scream film entering cinemas, we tot up some of the franchise’s most memorable moments. → Read More


Boiling Point: Phil Barantini on his one-take restaurant drama

The intensity of a busy restaurant kitchen is brought to life in a single continuous shot in the acclaimed new British drama Boiling Point. Director Phil Barantini tells us how it all came together. → Read More


Olivia Colman on Bon Jovi, bad holidays and The Lost Daughter

Oscar winner Olivia Colman tells us about her turn as a prickly professor on a tumultuous Greek holiday in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first film as director – an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel The Lost Daughter. → Read More


Belfast: Kenneth Branagh on an autobiographical drama “50 years in the making”

Kenneth Branagh tells us about the genesis of his Oscars-tipped new tale of a childhood during the Troubles, which received its European premiere at this year’s festival. → Read More

Oasis Knebworth 1996 review – An immense time capsule of an iconic gig

The inside story of one of the great concerts in British rock ’n’ roll history is a welcome dose of ’90s nostalgia. → Read More

Shorta review – Action-packed, socially-conscious thriller

This slick crime-thriller sees civil unrest spill over on the streets of Copenhagen as the boys in blue lose control. → Read More

Jungle Cruise review – Outrageously entertaining family adventure

Expectations be damned: Disney’s riverboat caper is one of the year’s most purely pleasurable motion pictures. → Read More


“I love playing the rascal”: William H. Macy looks back at Fargo

As Fargo returns to cinemas for its 25th anniversary, we dropped William H. Macy a line to hear why there’s no fun and games on a Coen brothers set, how his turn as Jerry Lundegaard made his career, and why violence on screen is harming our society. → Read More

Nobody review – A fun blast of action entertainment

Bob Odenkirk turns action hero in this effective beat ’em up from John Wick writer Derek Kolstad. → Read More


10 great American neo-noirs of the 1990s

From Basic Instinct to L.A. Confidential, we go down the mean streets of Hollywood’s 1990s neo-noir boom to celebrate the release on Blu-ray of Romeo Is Bleeding. → Read More


British films at Sundance 2021: What to watch out for

New films from Ben Wheatley and Edgar Wright, and a debut horror about video nasties, are among the UK productions due to be unveiled at this year’s Sundance festival. → Read More


Kristen Wiig: 6 essential performances

As she turns supervillain in Wonder Woman 1984, we chart the rise and rise of Bridesmaids star and Saturday Night Live graduate Kristen Wiig. → Read More

Savage review – An auspicious debut from Sam Kelly

This violent gangland drama from first-time writer/director Sam Kelly exposes toxic masculinity in New Zealand. → Read More


On the phone to Werner Herzog: ‘A deep existential solitude is coming at us’

We called Werner Herzog in lockdown to talk about how coronavirus will change cinema, and the big shifts in human behaviour portended by his new film, Family Romance, LLC. → Read More


BFI Recommends: Ozark

A narco-crime series to rival Breaking Bad, Netflix's Ozark is today's binge-worthy recommendation, chosen by Lou Thomas. → Read More