Oscar 2021 – Predictions

As the longest running Awards season in history finally draws to a close, it’s once again time to predict who the major prizes will be going to at this year’s Oscar ceremony. With the exception of the odd, inevitable snub (seriously, where the hell is Delroy Lindo for Da 5 Bloods?), the lineups this year…

‘Promising Young Woman’ Review

Emerald Fennel’s Promising Young Woman is one of the boldest directorial debuts that I can remember seeing. It’s a supremely confident film, that is fully committed to both it’s stylistic approach and challenging narrative. Haunted by the traumatic death of her friend Nina, Cassie (Carey Mulligan) embarks on a plot for revenge against the predatory…

Top 10 Films of 2020

Whilst any year coming to an end is cause for reflection, it feels especially important in 2020. In a year that has been so difficult for so many people, it’s crucial that we look at not only what we have lost but what we are lucky to still have. With the state that the world…

‘Mank’ Review

Some of the snobbier corners of the film industry would have you believe that Netflix is ‘ruining cinema’. Yet in reality, there is no other studio that grants the level of creative autonomy that Netflix does. Yes, they are afforded the luxury to do so, by their huge budgets and built in audiences, but they…

‘Ammonite’ Review – London Film Festival

If you didn’t know going in that Ammonite was Francis Lee’s follow up to his acclaimed feature debut God’s Own Country, you’d be hard pressed to find a link between the two. Despite sharing similar themes and sensibilities in filmmaking, they are two very different films. God’s Own Country had a raw, animalistic edge to…

‘Mangrove’ Review – London Film Festival

There are few directors working today who can tap into social and political moods with the precision that Steve McQueen does. There’s an unapologetic rawness to the way he drills into the demons of our culture, attacking themes with reverence but also with anger. Mangrove, the first instalment in his upcoming Small Axe anthology series,…

‘Rocks’ Review

Rocks is, in many ways, the perfect film for these strange times. In a year of very little light or hope, it’s a film brimming with an intoxicating vibrancy and energy . But it’s also a film about resilience, an important reminder that for many people in less privileged positions, a need to be resilient…

‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Review

I am a Huge fan of Charlie Kaufman. There is nobody else making movies like him right now. His writing has always had such an original, distinctive voice and since he has become a director, he’s been able to completely shape his stories and worlds to his image. His films are designed to have a…

‘Tenet’ Review

Christopher Nolan doesn’t make ‘popcorn’ movies. His films deal with incredibly complex ideas that are intended to surprise and challenge you. The crowning jewel of this was Inception, which upon it’s release 10 years ago changed the rulebook for blockbuster cinema. Inception was proof that a large scale action movie didn’t have to be stupid to be commercially…

‘Boys State’ – Review

A great documentary has the power to frighten. Film’s like Ava DuVernay’s 13th are as scary as any horror movie you will see. Boys State is an emotionally driven documentary, that, amongst messages of hope, tells a story of caution. And it scared the hell out of me. The titular Boys State is a radical experiment in…