Film reviews and more

Month: January 2020

Film Review: Queen & Slim

★★★★☆ Music video director Melina Matsoukas brings her considerable talents to the big screen with Queen & Slim, a crime drama fitted out like Bonnie and Clyde but driven by the engine of contemporary racial politics. The gorgeous framing that characterises […]

Film Review: Richard Jewell

★★★☆☆ Industry commentators were somewhat taken aback by Kathy Bates’ Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in Clint Eastwood’s latest “fact-based” drama, Richard Jewell. Not only was this seen as the sacrilegious nod that knocked Hustlers’ Jennifer Lopez out […]

Film Review: The Lighthouse

★★★★☆ Back in 2015, Robert Eggers delighted critics with the flesh-pecking horror of The Witch, a directorial feature debut which blended the theatrics of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible with shades of M. Night Shyamalan and the more grizzly adaptations of […]

Hobby inspiration from the movies

The cinematic experience has created a cultural phenomenon of film addicts wanting to live lives that are more like their movie starring counterparts – the people that they associate with, the characters that they are passionate about. This culture of […]

Film Review: The Personal History of David Copperfield

★★★☆☆ Acclaimed satirist Armando Iannucci follows up the pitch-black delights of 2017’s The Death of Stalin with The Personal History of David Copperfield, a relatively conventional Charles Dickens adaptation embellished with occasional flashes of the Scotsman’s abrasive humour. This is […]

Film Review: Present. Perfect.

★★★★☆ Shengze Zhu’s Present. Perfect. looks at the culture of live-streaming in China. Composed entirely of found footage and presented in black and white to lend visual consistency, the film raises important questions about the politics of viewership, the documentary […]

Film Review: A Hidden Life

★★★★★ Authentic being, leaps of faith and mortality haunt every frame of Terrence Malick’s latest opus, A Hidden Life (aka Radegund). Basing his new film on the life and death of WW2 conscientious objector, Franz Jägerstätter, the reclusive American auteur […]

Pain & Gain: Hollywood’s ‘biggest’ stars

Since the inception of action cinema, there have been actors who focused on getting ripped before they could play various roles in action movies. Undeniably, they have become legends and famous in many social circles. Many of these actors have […]

The evolution of the post-credits scene

Post-credits scenes have become so incredibly popular today – particularly in big action series – that many moviegoers will stay seated in the theatre until the end of the credits just to see if there’s a bonus scene. But this […]

Film Review: Seberg

★★☆☆☆ Actors playing other actors always feels like a dangerous act of appropriation. Geoffrey Rush in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, James Franco in James Dean and Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn, all feel like a […]

The best casino movies streaming now

The explosion of broadband and more recently, 5G, have literally changed our lives. In fact, whether it may be shopping online at Amazon to playing blackjack at RoyalVegas casino, we can spend all out time online. Furthermore, with faster internet […]

Baftas 2020: Joker leads the pack with 11 nominations

The nominations for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards were announced this morning. Todd Phillips’ Joker led the way with a huge eleven nominations, followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood on […]

Golden Globes 2020: 1917, Parasite and Awkwafina victorious

Despite receiving a total of 34 nominations across film and television, Netflix limped away from this year’s Golden Globes ceremony with just two awards – Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story’s Laura Dern and Olivia Colman for her star performance […]

Film Review: Amanda

★★★★☆ Mikhaël Hers’ sensitive, heartfelt third feature Amanda is about loss and bereavement in the aftermath of a brutal terrorist attack in a Paris park. David (Vincent Lacoste), twenty-four, loses his sister Sandrine (Ophélia Kolb) and has to decide whether he […]

Film Review: Jojo Rabbit

★★★★☆ “Fuck off, Hitler!” The spirit of Taika Waititi’s satirical comedy is certainly clear in its demands for the monster supreme of national socialism to kindly do one. While the spectre of global fascism seems to once again be rearing […]

Artificial Intelligence at the movies

Twentieth and twenty-first-century fiction has had a fascination with AI, and that fascination, of course, extends to movies. There are all sorts of AI programs in movies. With this ranking of AI in cinema, you can learn a little more […]