Month: August 2021

  • FrightFest 2021: Demonic review

    ★★★☆☆ Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic sees the South African director switch things up a little bit. His brand of urban socio-political sci-fi takes a back seat, as he dips his toe into the horror genre proper. The result intrigues as much as disappoints. Made during the early months of the global pandemic, with a $1.5 million budget and…

    FrightFest 2021: Demonic review
  • FrightFest 2021: Programme highlights

    Horror is back! While football never did manage to make it home, after a 2020 edition of Arrow Video FrightFest rolled out entirely online, 2021’s event returns for an in-cinema event at the Cineworld Empire Theatre, Leicester Square. Five days of world horror cinema awaits. The past 18 months have been hell for us all. And if…

    FrightFest 2021: Programme highlights
  • Three slam dunk sports movie classics

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    Hollywood loves sports films, and some fantastic movies have graced the silver screen over the years. From football to baseball, boxing to hockey, sports movies continue to be incredibly popular with movie theatre-goers globally. However, not all sports movies are created equally. Some legendary movies garnered interest even from people who do not follow the…

    Three slam dunk sports movie classics
  • Film Review: Pig

    ★★★★☆ What would you get if you crossed John Wick with The Truffle Hunters? In his feature debut, American director Michael Sarnoski has the answer to a question that no one asked. As a result, Pig offers something strangely tender and even sometimes lyrical, wrapped up in the trappings of a noirish thriller that is…

    Film Review: Pig
  • Film Review: Censor

    ★★★★★ David Cronenberg once said: “Censors tend to do what psychotics only do: they confuse reality with illusion.” Censor takes Dave Deprave’s theory for a creative spin, in doing so sending its lead, a female film examiner with a tragic past, down a rabbit hole of madness. If you’re expecting a retro pastiche akin to Grindhouse, with…

    Film Review: Censor
  • Film Review: Sabaya

    ★★★★★ “Daesh [ISIS] feel they have the right to use sabaya girls as personal slaves. To rape them and sell them.” The horrors of life for Yazidi women inside the refugee camp of Al-Hol are laid bare in Kurdish-Swedish filmmaker Hogir Horiri’s devastating documentary, Sabaya. Almost numbed by the never-ending atrocities he has witnessed and…

    Film Review: Sabaya
  • Action! The importance of communication in filmmaking

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    Film productions are incredibly complex operations. This is true whether you’re filming a commercial, a TV show or a movie. You’re not just working with the stars or the models. You’re also directing dozens or hundreds of extras, lighting crews, production crew and support personnel. All of these people may be splitting their time between…

    Action! The importance of communication in filmmaking
  • Film Review: WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

    ★★★★☆ Premiering at SXSW back in March, Jed Rothstein‘s documentary narrates WeWork’s and its co-founder Adam Neumann’s complex journeys through the worlds of real estate, co-working and technology. Capturing Neumann’s fall from grace, this film illuminates some of the most hard-hitting professional and social anxieties of our age. Founded in 2010, the company’s name, made…

    Film Review: WeWork: Or the Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn

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