Pieces Of A Woman (2020)

Happy new year everybody. We all knew that the sombre moods and events of 2020 wouldn’t simply disappear in a cloud of black smoke on the strike of midnight on December 31st, but wow, 2021 really has come along with the intentions of upstaging his older brother in style. The UK is in an even…

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Before we start, I’d just like to thank Netflix for almost singlehandedly keeping me fed during this wild year of cinema closures of big release postponements. The company that used to send DVDs in the post one an a time is now the leading force in instant home streaming entertainment, and we’ve really fucking needed…

The Prom (2020)

My birthday is on December 27th, and every year for as long as I can remember I have gone to see a musical in London’s West End to celebrate. Obviously, this year, that tradition has to be put on pause. With no physical stage productions to herald my 31st year on this earth, I have…

Mank (2020)

I’m sure you have noticed at some point in your film watching life, but its worth repeating, Hollywood absolutely loves to make movies about Hollywood. From Singin’ In The Rain to Sunset Boulevard to The Artist to La La Land to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, these films not only tend to be big…

Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

It might have seemed like a pipe dream a decade ago, but the truth is that Netflix is now one of the biggest contenders when it comes to showpiece film awards at the end of every cinematic year. From Roma to The Irishman to Marriage Story and more, Netflix has firmly established itself as a…

Rebecca (2020)

Hello, my name is Amy, and I have a confession to make. Despite the cinephile that I profess to be, I have never seen Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca. It’s a cinematic sin for which I have always been meaning to atone, but for one reason or another, it has still yet to happen. I have, however,…

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…

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,…