The Roads Not Taken (2020)

After a couple of much anticipated, long overdue blockbusters in the last few weeks, part of me has been kind of looking forward to getting back to basics and exploring something that I had no previous knowledge or expectations of. Tenet and Mulan were obviously two very different movies, but they share are similarity in…

A Rainy Day In New York (2019)

2020 is really going out of its way to be one of the craziest years in history. Seismic changes are happening in various corners of the globe, many for the better, all whilst we battle a life changing viral pandemic. Shit’s wild, right? I thought why not add more mayhem to the mix by, perhaps…

Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil (2019)

When Maleficent came out in 2014, it had the benefit of being one of the earlier of these new era Disney projects focused on either remaking or retelling old beloved properties. Whilst I didn’t really think much of the film as a whole, I enjoyed the different, comparatively darker approach to the Sleeping Beauty tale,…

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…

The Beguiled (2017)

I will be the first to admit that I’m the kind of cinephile who is very much guided by star power. I’m much more likely to want to see a film that has a performer I like in it over any other leading factor, but there are a handful of directors whose projects will always…

20th Century Women (2016)

Though this time in my cinematic year is usually taken up by all of the films that have been nominated for acting and Best Picture awards at the Oscars, 20th Century Women, a partially autobiographical story of director Mike Mill’s early life, had been on my radar of interest for some time. Filled with performers…

The Boxtrolls (2014)

Though juggernaut studios such as Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks have an almost monopoly like grip on the world of successful English language animation features, since 2009 there has been an emerging and growing competitor in the form of American production company Laika. Responsible for two recent hits in 2009’s Coraline and 2012’s ParaNorman, the studio…

Maleficent (2014)

My first contact with Maleficent came in the form of the trailer, which I have to say was one of the most exciting and intriguing trailers I have seen for a long time. The sinister atmosphere that was conveyed combined with the new melancholy take on Once Upon A Dream by Lana Del Rey gave…