The Devil All The Time (2020)

From The Lovebirds to Da 5 Bloods to Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga to The Old Guard to I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, it’s fair to say that Netflix has really kept us film lovers fed during the great cinematic shutdown of 2020. There have been ups and downs, with some offerings…

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things (2020)

This past couple of weeks seem to have been an exercise in watching films by creators with whom I have very mixed relationships. Christopher Nolan was the first, and Charlie Kaufman is the second. Having on one hand very much enjoyed the likes of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Anomalisa in the past,…

Mulan (2020)

I’m sure there were others at the time, but to me it very much feels like Mulan was the first high profile casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. I mentioned in my March review of System Crasher that I had expected to be watching Disney’s big new remake on that weekend, but here we finally are…

Hope Gap (2019)

If you checked in with me last week, you will have read all about my bamboozlement and downright frustration at Tenet. Delighted to be back at the cinema, but less than delighted at a film that, besides not being a genre that I particularly love, was borderline and inaudible and narratively impenetrable. It’s safe to…

Come As You Are (2019)

Once upon a time the concept of taking a niche foreign film and adapting it into an English language piece for a wider audience was something reserved for the big boy powerhouse studios, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. This particular example comes through Samuel Goldwyn Films by the way of the…

How To Build A Girl (2019)

After scraping around for what to watch for the last few weeks, it seems as though we’ve reached a stage in this cinema lockdown where the big boys are coming to the quarantine party. My next three reviews look set to be for high profile movies that I was always going to be watching in…

Emma (2020)

In the world of classic authors, it’s fair to say that Jane Austen is a name that has become equally synonymous with cinema as it is with literature. From Pride And Prejudice to Sense And Sensibility to Mansfield Park, Austen’s work has proved to be a fertile ground for movie magic in the past. Published…

Little Women (2019)

When it comes to remakes, reboots and sequels upon sequels in cinema, it would be fair to say that I am definitely on the side of championing more original projects than rehashed ones. However, having said that, I have always thought that despite its numerous outings on both the small and the big screen, Louisa…

Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

If my years of loving cinema have taught me one thing, it is to always be wary of a ‘passion project’. I’m talking about those movies who have a single writer/director/actor attached to them. Sometimes it really works, like Yentl or Annie Hall, and other times it really, really doesn’t; I’m thinking William Shatner’s Groom Lake…

The Good Liar (2019)

When it comes to film genres that always seem to have an appetite inducing effect on general audiences, the book adaptation crime thriller is right up there at the top of the tree. We love a bit of drama, we love a crime or two and we certainly love a twist, and with a mountain…