A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

Cast your mind back to what I like to call ‘the before times’; the pre COVID-19 age when we could do what the hell we wanted and films were coming out in theatres ten to the dozen. At the very tail end of those before times, A Quiet Place Part II was set to be…

Here Are The Young Men (2020)

As you are growing up and experiencing your own adolescence, I think it’s natural to gravitate towards films that detail some of the growing pains and events that feel familiar to you at the time. Though my life was rarely as dramatic as the screen narratives, movies like The Basketball Diaries, Thirteen, Kids and even…

The Father (2020)

When the time comes to make one’s way through the annual bunch of Oscar nominated films, I treat the task very much like Pokemon, I gotta catch ’em all! My task for this year is nearly complete, with one of the few ‘major category’ films still to check off the list being Florian Zeller’s The…

Cherry (2021)

Whilst logging into Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch original content is almost second nature to me now at this point, something I had never done until this week was watching any kind of original film programming on Apple TV+. What better to pop my platform cherry with, then, than a film actually called Cherry?…

The World To Come (2020)

Another day, another lesbian period romance. At least that’s how it has felt for the last couple of years, but I’m not complaining! From Ammonite to Vita & Virginia to Portrait Of A Lady On Fire and beyond, this particular sub genre seems to be having quite a high profile renaissance of late, and for…

Minari (2020)

Those who are invested in film discourse online will be able to tell you about the interesting discussions that Minari has produced this awards season. Despite being an American made movie, about a very American experience, the picture was designated to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Golden Globes on the account of…

I Care A Lot (2020)

I can’t be the only person who thinks that Rosamund Pike is one of the most underrated actresses of her generation. It’s been seven years since she made herself a real household name (despite being around since the early 2000s) in Gone Girl, but for me much of her most interesting work has come in…

Nomadland (2020)

When it comes to long term critical acclaim, there are very few actresses in the last two decades who have built as strong a portfolio as Frances McDormand. From her work with the Coen brothers like Burn After Reading and Moonrise Kingdom to her Oscar winning turn in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand truly…

News Of The World (2020)

With stars getting ‘cancelled’ left right and centre these days, there are very few performers in the current landscape that have managed to retain their universal appeal in this current cultural landscape. Unless there is a bombshell that I have missed, it might be fair to say that Tom Hanks is one of the remaining…

One Night In Miami… (2020)

Maybe it says more about the films that I personally seek out, but it feels like the past twelve months has been a big period for high profile stage to screen adaptations. Netflix brought us both The Boys In The Band and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 2020, and now Amazon Studios are jumping into…