Vice (2018)

Looking back on it, it’s probably fair to say that my first memories of American politics in any real sense came during the years of the George W. Bush administration. Being born in 1989, Bill Clinton was pretty much a guy who was mentioned in the Animaniacs theme and a guy who did something naughty…

Beautiful Boy (2018)

Welcome to part two of the ‘Steve Carell is a serious actor’ double header in 2019. Only a few weeks ago I was slightly bamboozled and perplexed by Welcome To Marwen, the warm up to what I anticipated would be something much more in my personal wheelhouse, Beautiful Boy. Two very different movies with two…

Top Ten: Films Of 2017

Congratulations, if you’re reading this then you have made it through the absolute maelstrom that has been 2017. Several events this year, both political and social, have really taken the world aback, some for the better and some for much, much worse, and more than ever I have turned to the dark comfort of the…

Battle Of The Sexes (2017)

I don’t have many real idols in my life, but there is absolutely no doubt that Billie Jean King is one of them. A legend of tennis and a legend of activism, the story of Billie Jean King’s life both on and off the court could easily make for a seven or eight part HBO…

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 Big Short (2015)

Every now and then a film will come along that attempts to tell me a story that, though I lived through and can remember, have very little grasp or knowledge of what actually happened. Such films usually come in the form of a mega serious drama or a reverential biopic, but this awards season a…

Foxcatcher (2014)

Awards season is a time in the cinema calendar when we see all of the most anticipated and talked about ‘based on true events’ type films released. Already this season audiences have been treated to The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything, both biopics of sorts and both detailing the extraordinary yet somewhat tragic…