All posts by Steven Ryder

Steven Ryder is a Film and TV graduate and a quintessentially British lover of film in that he never really watches British films. Moderator of one of the internet's largest film discussion forums, TrueFilm, Steven is dedicated to lurching between trash and high art, often resulting in a cinematic whiplash of sorts.
  • BEAST – Review ***

    A major theme running throughout the majority of contemporary British drama is that of repression and restraint or, more importantly, the consequences of repressing our...

  • The Colour of Pomegranates – Review ***

    When speaking about the 1969 Armenian film The Colour of Pomegranates, Jean-Luc Godard cherished how much it represented, and in fact still represents, a true...

  • 120 BPM – Review *****

    It seems that it is not just American filmmakers right now who are turning to the past in order to interrogate the present. However, unlike...

  • Loveless – Review *****

    The title of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s new film could possibly refer to two things; the country that he so adoringly yet fatalistically photographs as a backdrop...

  • WILLARD & BEN – Blu-Ray Review ***

    It would be nice to say that back in the seventies evil rat films were all the rage but, funnily enough, they were not. Willard,...

  • Sundance London: Bushwick Review ***

    The dissimilitude between cinema and video games often centres around the active versus the passive, the way in which playing a video games makes us a participant...

  • Sundance London: A Ghost Story *****

    Risk-taking in mainstream American cinema is a rare quality to encounter right now. With a certain amount of tentpole pictures being produced and not really leaving room for...

  • Sundance London: Wilson – Review ****

    Daniel Clowes, adapting his own graphic novel into the screenplay of Wilson, came to the attention of the mainstream public with 2001’s Ghost World, also written for...

  • Eyes of Fire – Review ****

    We tend to look back at horror in the 1980’s with a certain sense of fondness, disgust and incredulity. The state of the genre was...

  • Crimson – Review *

    Being a Eurotrash film enthusiast must be hard work, comparable to the tribulations of the men and women who travelled west during the gold rush...