Carmilla (2019)

For someone whose interests very much fall across the categories of queer and gothic, I have to admit that I have been fairly ignorant of the centuries long prevalence of the Carmilla story. You would think that a lesbian vampire tale that predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula would have piqued my interest at some point along…

Saint Maud (2019)

You know it’s been a topsy turvy year when you make it half way through spooky season without having watched anything remotely spooky! Wanting to address this lack of seasonal content as quickly as possible, I was delighted to see the much talked about Saint Maud showing at my local cinema. Sadly, I feel it…

Kajillionaire (2020)

It seems weird to say considering the year of high profile postponements that we have had so far, but it very much feels that the past couple of weeks have seen the film world creep ever so slightly through the ajar door of awards season. Of course, at this point in time I have absolutely…

Eternal Beauty (2019)

With the news that one or two of the main cinema chains in the UK have made the touch decision to close their doors for the foreseeable future, it’s been a tough couple of days for British film fans. I cross my fingers the Cineworld and Odeon and come through this testing period for the…

The Boys In The Band (2020)

In today’s cinematic landscape, there is a (relatively) healthy stream of LGBTQ+ representation on the big screen, certainly healthier, at least, than fifty years ago in 1970. That is why the original film adaptation of Mart Crowley’s play The Boys In The Band is such an important milestone in queer cinema. As seems to be…

Enola Holmes (2020)

When it comes to properties that have undergone the prequel, sequel, everything inbetween-quel treatment, it’s fair to say that Sherlock Holmes is right up there at the top end of the list. Off the top of my head I can think of about four different versions of the iconic literary character, but a character that,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…