First Reformed (2017)

If you are the kind of person who pays attention to the distributors of films, then you will be well aware that over the past few years the name A24 has come to represent the highest quality of cinema. Titles such as Hereditary, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, Free Fire, Moonlight and 20th Century Women are…

Mary Shelley (2017)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the real life story of Mary Shelley, author of the ground breaking, genre defining, genre inventing in fact, novel Frankenstein, was even more complex and compelling than the gothic science-fiction tale that she penned whilst still only a teenager. We tend…

On Chesil Beach (2017)

From the lows of The Good Son and The Innocent to the highs of The Cement Garden and Atonement, it would be fair to say that author Ian McEwan has experienced mixed fortunes when it comes to film adaptations of his literary works. Widely regarded as one of the best British writers this side of…

Mary And The Witch’s Flower (2017)

My relationship with Japanese anime is what one might call ‘basic’. I, along with every other child of the time, was fully swept along with the Pokemon phenomenon wave of the late 90s/early 00s, and in the following years have sampled and enjoyed the highlights of the iconic Studio Ghibli like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s…

Beast (2017)

The last film I reviewed on this blog was set in Guernsey, and this week we’re hopping across the Channel to the island of Jersey for Michael Pearson’s directorial debut Beast. Their close locations promise to be the only thing the two picture have in common, however, with the former being a quaint, comfortable period drama…

Wonderstruck (2017)

Is it just me, or did Wonderstruck, Todd Hayne’s latest directorial offering, have one of the most confusing and misleading trailers of all time? Perhaps I was tired when I watched it, perhaps I’m just a dummy, but I honestly went in to the film expecting to see some sort of time travel, multiple lives…

Wonder Wheel (2017)

I know, I know. Given the current climate in Hollywood and across the film industry in general over the past year, the decision to watch a Woody Allen film in 2018 feels like the furthest thing from a good idea. Welcome to the post Oscars cinematic calendar landscape, a strange and confusing time of the…