Film reviews and more

Year: 2016

The five best lotteries in film

Millions of lottery players put in their tickets hoping that a newly-found fortune will open up the paths that they have always wanted to follow in life. Out of them, some very lucky winners get to live their happily ever afters and turn their dreams into reality. As such, winning the lottery is something that people of this modern […]

The rising cost of cinemagoing

Cinema tickets are more expensive than they’ve ever been and we all know that the snacks and drinks we buy in cinemas are notoriously overpriced. It seems like every year the cost goes up and up and we all wonder why it keeps happening.While ticket prices are indeed expensive, a national average might be somewhat misleading. Although media outlets […]

Feature: Does Rogue One work as a standalone?

Warning: This article contains spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Reportedly earning over $220 million in its first week, Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has garnered widespread praise from critics and audiences, arguably putting to bed any lingering doubts over the rejuvenation of the Star Wars franchise. Nevertheless, Rogue One has its detractors, with […]

Film Review: The Son of Joseph

★★★★☆ The hunt for a father takes many an odd, disconcerting and thoroughly amusing turn in The Son of Joseph, which is as much defined by its style as story and performances. All elements coalesce into a truly inviting and intriguing watch. Writer and director Eugène Green’s story of a boy in search of a father is elevated by […]

Film Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

★★★★★ Beleaguered prequels aside, there’s something about the Star Wars films that brings out the best in their directors: Irvin Kershner, Richard Marquand and J.J. Abrams all produced career-best work with their instalments of the franchise. Now comes Gareth Edwards with Rogue One, the hitherto untold story of the rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star. But […]

Film Review: Rats

★★★☆☆ Cinema is littered with films that have pitted man against some terrifying beast from the animal kingdom. Genre flicks have seen us hunted by wolves, sharks, snakes, bears and birds. Morgan Spurlock’s new film Rats puts a different spin on this familiar trope, however, because it’s not just some science-fiction about rodents preying on humans; it’s a documentary […]

Film Review: The Eagle Huntress

★★★★☆ Through a symbiosis of sound, image and storytelling, a film’s ability to transport a viewer to a time and place far removed from the comfort of a darkened theatre in just a matter of seconds is where the real magic of cinema lies. From it’s very opening frames, and the crash of a giant cymbal, Otto Bell’s The […]

DVD Review: Swallows and Amazons

★★★★☆ Going back to basics is never a bad thing. The 2016 blockbuster season has been littered with a procession of woefully incoherent, poorly acted, CGI-dominated offerings whose money-spinning intentions have forgone one essential element of filmmaking: a good story. Those useless scurvy dogs. Mercifully, some still fly the flag for substance over style and plucky British contender Swallows […]

DVD Review: The Man from Laramie

★★★★☆ When director Anthony Mann cast James Stewart, star of cuddly classics It’s A Wonderful Life and Harvey, he saw a darkness underneath his lead’s fatherly screen persona, and it’s this darkness that drives Mann’s 1955 feature The Man From Laramie, a psychological western as concerned with the destructive forces of revenge, privilege and resentment as much as it […]

A beginner’s guide to Brussels’ film festivals

People visit the Brussels area all the time, especially business people, due to its status as a political metropolis with the headquarters of the EU. You’re also not too far away from Ypres which is steeped in history and is the graveyard for many brave soldiers from both world wars. While it doesn’t quite rival Cannes, Brussels also hosts […]

Six of the great European film shoots

Europe has long been used as the backdrop for some of our best-loved movie classics. Thanks to its rich cultural significance, charming street squares, ornate architecture, gorgeous cuisine and lively nightlife, it’s impossible to not consider Europe as the ultimate movie location. Everything seems more exotic when you get lost in the romantic aura of the location a story […]

Film Review: Snowden

★★☆☆☆ It’s hardly a surprise that Oliver Stone would want to make Snowden. He’s always been a filmmaker with a political conscience and his recent comments on Pokémon Go would suggest a healthy distrust of the surveillance state. It’s a shame then that his political thriller about Edward Snowden, based on The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time […]