Film reviews and more

Month: February 2018

Berlin 2018: Dovlatov review

★★★☆☆ If a novel is written but there’s no one there to read it does it even exist? What it means to exist in a world without creative freedom is central to Alexey German Jr’s Dovlatov, […]

How would modern technology have ruined classic movies?

Since Auguste and Louis Lumière first started dabbling in the moving image at the turn of the twentieth century, the merciless advance of technology has always moved in tandem with cinema. From synchronised sound and music […]

Berlin 2018: Damsel review

★★☆☆☆ Following on from the critical admiration he received for his starring turn in The Safdie brothers’ Good Time, Robert Pattinson finds himself in front of another sibling duo’s camera in David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel, […]

Berlin 2018: The Heiresses review

★★★★☆ In opposition to other typically comical stories of later-life affirmation, Marcelo Martinessi’s The Heiresses is a film brooding with melancholy and a sense of loss. A story about losing and finding romance but choosing independence instead, […]

Film Review: Isle of Dogs

★★★★☆ Whatever happened to the humble canine being ‘man’s best friend’? This is exactly the question Wes Anderson poses in his sci-fi dystopian adventure Isle of Dogs. It’s a film that serves as a passionate reminder to […]

Berlin 2018: Our picks of the programme

The 68th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival kicks off today with Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. A return to the stop-motion animation the American auteur employed in his quirky re-imagining of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic […]

Film Review: Winnie

★★★☆☆ For decades, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was heralded as a symbol of heroic resilience and resolve. Having stood by her husband Nelson throughout his arrest and subsequent imprisonment by South Africa’s Apartheid regime for almost 30 years, […]

Film Review: The Shape of Water

★★★★★ Elisa (Sally Hawkins) has strange scars on her neck that prevent her from speaking. When the scientists at the laboratory where she works bring in a monstrous, aquatic creature (Doug Jones) for study, she quickly […]

Film Review: Lady Bird

★★★★☆ A deserving dark horse coming into the final furlong of Oscars ‘silly season’, Greta Gerwig enters the solo directorial fray with Lady Bird, a remarkably assured, occasionally heartbreaking portrayal of Sacrementan youth on the cusp of womanhood. Drawing […]

Film Review: Black Panther

★★★★★ Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is the film that will change everything. When you see it, you know that from here on in, everything will be different. Whilst a Marvel story through and through, fitting perfectly […]

DVD Review: Michael

★★★★☆ Accompanied by an appropriately oppressive score by Pierre Oser, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1924 silent Michael is a film heavy with implication. Just as the film’s setting and period are never explicitly stated, the homosexual relationship […]

DVD Review: House

★★★★☆ As the summer holidays start, Angel and her school girl chums Kung Fu (Miki Jinbo), Mac (Mieko Satô), Melody (Eriko Tanaka), Prof (Ai Matsubara), Sweetie (Masayo Miyako) and Fantasy (Kimiko Ohba) go on vacation to […]

Film Review: The Mercy

★★★☆☆ At first glance, James Marsh’s The Mercy looks like yet another overly polished, stiff upper lip, British biopic. But scratch beneath the surface of Marsh’s latest and you find something much darker and far more […]

Film Review: Fifty Shades Freed

★☆☆☆☆ The film series based on E.L. James’ ludicrously successful erotic novels draws to a close with Fifty Shades Freed. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan return as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, now married, as […]

Close shaves on the big screen

Movies are absolutely rife with symbolism, and certain items hold a weighty meaning, such as the razor, which can be suggestive of anything from passion to despair. As such, shaving scenes have been employed in many […]