A Star Is Born (2018)

A Star Is Born, it feels like this one has been a long time coming, doesn’t it? What started in 2011 as a Clint Eastwood directed picture starring Beyonce, has turned up on our cinema screens in 2018 as a Bradley Cooper directing/acting dual project with Lady Gaga in centre stage. Of course, that is…

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

To my eternal discredit, I only managed to see two of the five pictures nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars. The first was Russian entry Loveless, and, luckily for me, the second was A Fantastic Woman, the Chilean entry that ended up taking the big prize on Sunday night. It’s victory…

The 90th Annual Academy Awards: Head vs. Heart

Well, it’s that time of the year again when Hollywood plays host to the elite creators of the film world, the culmination of awards season, the cherry that every nominee wants to add to their personal cake, the 90th Annual Academy Awards. With this year’s ceremony hosted by Jimmy Kimmel set to be politically and…

Lady Bird (2017)

Being much closer to thirty now than any of my precious teen years, the world of ‘coming of age’ cinema is something that I tend to only want to revisit with the promise of some really high quality content. In the case of Lady Bird, attached names like Greta Gerwig, Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalfe were…

The Shape Of Water (2017)

With just twelve short days until the pinnacle of the cinematic calendar, the 90th Academy Awards, all of this year’s most celebrated motion pictures are coming thick and fast though the screens of British movie theatres. With a remarkable thirteen Oscar nominations to its name, Guillermo Del Toro’s latest offering, The Shape Of Water, arrived…

Loveless (2017)

There were two main choices for my viewing pleasure this week, Russian picture Loveless or the Donald Crowhurst biopic The Mercy starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. At this time in the cinematic calendar, it is always wise to follow the releases that have nominations attached to them, so Colin and Rachel have been set aside…

Phantom Thread (2017)

The release of a new Paul Thomas Anderson film is always an occasion to mark in the diary of any cinephile, but it would be fair to say that 2017’s Phantom Thread arrived with an extra weight of anticipation and interest on its shoulders. It marks the final feature film in the esteemed, record breaking…

Coco (2017)

If there were ever such a thing as a Pixar dip in form, then in my opinion, it has taken place over the last two years. Looking back, the last time I was really bowled over by a feature from the famed animation studio was 2015’s masterpiece Inside Out, with both The Good Dinosaur and Finding…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

From the second that the trailer for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri dropped some nine long months ago, it had been a film that was right at the top of my most anticipated list. From the cast to the premise to the off kilter sensibility, I was absolutely certain that Three Billboards was going to…

Darkest Hour (2017)

I’ll be honest, at this point, when it comes to cinematic themes, I’ve got major Second World War fatigue. As a Brit, that might be sacrilege to say, but over the last couple of years, a combination of Dunkirk, Their Finest, and even things like The Zookeeper’s Wife and Allied, have given me enough 1940s period aesthetic…