After The Wedding (2019)

With the first of what might be four reviews in the next seven days, I think I can safely state that the lazy days of the summer blockbusters are well and truly done for the year! As the superheroes start to subside, what feels like dozens of potentially interesting releases start to hit the screens…

Gloria Bell (2018)

From Michael Haneke’s Funny Games to Takashi Shimizu’s The Grudge, there has been a fairly rich history of filmmakers taking another stab at one of their successful works, most commonly to bring their original foreign language film to a wider English speaking audience. Hot off the heels of his Oscar winning A Fantastic Woman and…

Bel Canto (2018)

According to this very film blog, it has been more than a calendar year since I last saw Julianne Moore in a movie (Wonderstruck, if you were curious). I think we can all agree that this is far too long to go without enjoying one of Hollywood’s most talented stars, and even though Bel Canto…

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…

Suburbicon (2017)

Two new release choices greeted me upon my arrival to the brand spanking new Curzon cinema in my hometown of Oxford this week, both with great promise. After deciding that my early morning good mood wasn’t quite prepared to experience the inevitable horrors of human nature that Michael Haneke’s Happy End had to offer, I…

Freeheld (2015)

As we enter in to the weird territory in the cinematic calendar that is February/March/April, audiences begin to be greeted with a series of film releases that feel very much like they do not fit in to the category of awards season contender or big summer blockbuster. One such film that has found itself stuck…

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Well, here we are. Four films and four years later, film lovers across the world are finally ready to say goodbye to the Hunger Games franchise. My relationship with the series has always been very much one of a feeling of looking in from the outside. Whereas I was deeply invested in each Harry Potter…

Mini Reviews #15

Two Days, One Night (2014) Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée Two Days, One Night follows protagonist Sandra for the titled amount of time while she goes door to door amongst the homes of her colleagues to try to persuade them to vote against her redundancy. The film is incredibly…

Mini Reviews #14

Mommie Dearest (1981) Director: Frank Perry Starring: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Mara Hobel A camp, cult and crazy classic of epic proportions. Faye Dunaway devours each piece of scenery for sport in this depiction of the well documented and temultuous relationship between Hollywood legend Joan Crawford and her adopted daughter Christina. Spawning an eternity of…

Still Alice (2014)

For avid cinema fans in the United Kingdom, 2014’s Still Alice was a film that fell in to the infuriating category of awards darling that wasn’t going to be released in our country until well after all the envelopes had been opened and statuettes had been given out. We had to sit and smile in aggravated…