The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)

At this stage in my adult life, I must admit that I am way behind the pace when it comes to keeping up with all of the latest animated features. I’m not particularly proud of it, but I tend to make the effort for each new Disney and Pixar release, and then leave everything else…

Stowaway (2021)

Well, here we are, on the other side of Oscars weekend, and I couldn’t be more baffled by what went down on Sunday night. I’m not talking about Anthony Hopkins’ shock Best Actor win over Chadwick Boseman (an upset that I actually think was more than deserved), I’m talking about the handful of production decisions…

Thunder Force (2021)

When it comes to the career and performances of Melissa McCarthy, my personal relationship with the actress seems to be very much a case of one step forward, two steps back. She’s hit plenty of cinematic highs (for me) with the likes of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Can You Ever Forgive Me?, hell, I even…

Concrete Cowboy (2021)

One of the things that I love most in cinema is when a film invites me into a world or subculture that I had previously known nothing about. It’s one thing to watch a documentary and be given a very A-Z style education on a subject, but it’s an entirely different feeling when you are…

I Care A Lot (2020)

I can’t be the only person who thinks that Rosamund Pike is one of the most underrated actresses of her generation. It’s been seven years since she made herself a real household name (despite being around since the early 2000s) in Gone Girl, but for me much of her most interesting work has come in…

Malcolm & Marie (2021)

At this point in the seemingly never ending COVID-19 pandemic, it’s fair to say that we’re all sick of talking about it, but in this particular instance, the circumstances surrounding Sam Levinson’s Malcolm & Marie are worth a mention. In what is sure to become great future film trivia, this project is the first Hollywood…

The Dig (2021)

With January almost over and any remnants of hungover festive spirit will and truly gone, it is always around this time of the year that I am more susceptible to the charms of a good old fashioned British period drama. It just so happens that Netflix were more than happy to scratch that particular itch…

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…