FOCUS: All Style, No Substance

One of the worst clichés that appears in an alarmingly large number of movies is the “two kinds of people in this world” speech. In Focus, Will Smith’s suave con artist Nicky Spurgeon tells his protégé/part-time lover Jess Barrett (Margot Robbie) his version of the done-to-death cliché: there are two types of people, hammers and nails.

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Alistair is a 22 year old former journalism student from the sun-soaked city of Leeds, England, who has recently moved down to Cambridge. After spending two decades as "King of the North", it was time for a change and a move down south to work at a local newspaper followed. He has been writing about film since the start of 2014, but has been known to shout his opinions on movies at anybody who would listen for years now. If you like his writing, his work can also be found on CutPrintFilm, Cinemole (his Wordpress blog) and over on his Letterboxd page. Because of his work for Film Inquiry, he is also a recognised member of GALECA, the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Association, and can't wait to be named the first openly gay Prime Minister of the UK after a landslide victory in the 2027 election.