Vox Lux (2018)

It’s fair to say that the last six or so months has well and truly spoilt us when it comes to musical based, female centric rise and fall type film narratives. We got something relatively traditional in the form of the fourth version of A Star Is Born, something more rustic and raw in the…

Eighth Grade (2018)

You know how much I hate it when the UK gets shafted by film releases and has to wait ages and AGES to see movies that have been out in the US for months? Well, Eighth Grade might just be the worst case of this for some time. With an initial release date of July…

Mid90s (2018)

I might be turning thirty at the end of this year, but one thing that I don’t think will ever change is the love that I have for coming-of-age stories. Whether in TV, film or literature, there is something about seeing those tumultuous, turbulent stages of a person’s life unfold that always manages to capture…

Pet Sematary (2019)

It’s a pretty simple equation really. When someone mentions the words horror literature, you immediately think of Stephen King. The rightly proclaimed ‘king of horror’ has been responsible for some of the very best book to screen adaptations over the years from Carrie to The Shining to It, and he has even crossed genre boundaries…

Us (2019)

It feels like only yesterday when Jordan Peele came along and knocked us all sideways with the innovative, Oscar winning genius of Get Out. Looking back on my review for the 2017 hit, I’m surprised by how much my appreciation for the film has grown since then, with many of the mixed feelings I expressed…

Ben Is Back (2018)

Have you noticed the close run battle that is currently going on in the younger generation of up and coming leading men in Hollywood? I’m talking, of course, about the similar career trajectories of Timothée Chalamet and Lucas Hedges. The two actors have both tried their hand at coming of age same sex themed stories…

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

More than any other period in the cinematic calendar, the few months following the Oscars is absolutely the strangest time when it comes to movie releases. Not only are the theatres more full of foreign language films and unheralded indies than in the summer, autumn or winter, in the UK especially, we are treated to…

Fighting With My Family (2019)

It can sometimes feel like a dirty secret as a near thirty year old, but the truth is that, for a time during my younger years, I was a huge fan of the then WWF. Names like The Rock, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chyna, they all hold a place in my heart, but…

The 91st Annual Academy Awards: Head vs. Heart

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Forget Christmas, I’m here for the pomp and ceremony of the Oscars! I’m not going to lie, it’s been a fairly mixed for me on the nominee front. Some categories are absolutely popping, whilst others feel decidedly dull. No matter what, though, I’ll be there with my…

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

If there is one thing I know about Barry Jenkins, it is that he is a filmmaker with an incredible talent for bringing nuanced, delicate and different portrayals of the black experience to the big and small screen. From the Best Picture Academy Award winning Moonlight to an episode of Netflix’s excellent Dear White People,…