Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Before we start, I’d just like to thank Netflix for almost singlehandedly keeping me fed during this wild year of cinema closures of big release postponements. The company that used to send DVDs in the post one an a time is now the leading force in instant home streaming entertainment, and we’ve really fucking needed…

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

I usually start these genre reviews off by saying that I am not particularly a connoisseur of comic book and superhero films, but having now seen everything between Iron Man and Avengers: End Game with a bunch of extras in-between, I think it’s fair to say that I have moved into the realm of ‘casual…

The Prom (2020)

My birthday is on December 27th, and every year for as long as I can remember I have gone to see a musical in London’s West End to celebrate. Obviously, this year, that tradition has to be put on pause. With no physical stage productions to herald my 31st year on this earth, I have…

Ammonite (2020)

Maybe it says more about the content that I seek out, but it feels like 2020 has been a busier than usual year on the sapphic romance front? I began the year with the sensational Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, was given one of my most pleasant surprises of the year by Kajillionaire, and…

Mank (2020)

I’m sure you have noticed at some point in your film watching life, but its worth repeating, Hollywood absolutely loves to make movies about Hollywood. From Singin’ In The Rain to Sunset Boulevard to The Artist to La La Land to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, these films not only tend to be big…

Happiest Season (2020)

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to Christmas movies, I have my set favourites and I very rarely stray from them. Having been less than impressed with last year’s big effort Last Christmas, I had pretty much resigned myself to tried and tested festive treats like Jingle All The Way and…

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

It might have seemed like a pipe dream a decade ago, but the truth is that Netflix is now one of the biggest contenders when it comes to showpiece film awards at the end of every cinematic year. From Roma to The Irishman to Marriage Story and more, Netflix has firmly established itself as a…

Run (2020)

Without a doubt, one of my favourite Hollywood career developments of the last decade has been the blossoming of Sarah Paulson into fully fledged spooky queen. She has consistently been the best thing about American Horror Story anthology for years, and her recent work on Netflix’s Ratched follows suit. Arriving just in time to catch…

Dreamland (2019)

In yet another slow week for high profile releases, I had to wait for Tuesday morning to finally get to something that was vaguely interesting to me. It came in the form of Dreamland, a film whose trailer hinted at Bonnie and Clyde vibes. Having just read a biography of the famous outlaw duo, the…

The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019)

As the UK returns to another month long period of long down, I must return to the tried and tested world of VOD for at least the next few weeks. Uncharacteristically, this time of year when I would usually be starting to encounter a string of real Oscar contenders is turning out to be rather…