Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Souvenir – Love, Naivety and Privilege in 80s London

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this years Sundance Film Festival. The Souvenir feels like Joanna Hogg’s most personal work to date, using the medium of film to explore the intensity and naivety of first love. Creating a palette of emotions that reflect the manipulation, unconditional love and acceptance of relationships that carry darkness and light in equal measure. …

Bait Review – Tradition meets modernity on the Cornish Coast

Mark Jenkin’s Cornish fishing tale ‘Bait’ is a masterclass in cinematic art and social commentary. Providing us with an hypnotic and salty soap opera. While mixing this with a unique, captivating and utterly beautiful piece of cinema. The grain of its 16mm black and white footage interfacing with modern Cornwall. As tradition and change combine with explosive results. Martin Ward …

BFI London Film Festival 2019 – Programme Launched

The full programme for this years 63rd BFI London Film Festival has landed. Bringing the best new films to London from 2nd – 13th October 2019. This years programme once again mixing a diversity of film with documentaries, talks and workshops. Headline Galas at this years festival include, The Personal History of David Copperfield from director Armando Iannucci; The Irishman …

IT Chapter One – The childhood fears we never relinquish

Stephen King published his 22nd novel ‘IT’ back in 1986 to a mixed reception from critics. The novels coming of age themes sitting alongside a supernatural presence who fed on fear, captivated some and bemused others. Its 1300+ pages demanded attention and commitment from the reader. While its core themes dug deep into childhood and adult fears, providing an uncomfortable …

Crawl Review – Taking a bite out of human superiority

Creature movies have had a rough time over the past few years. Often offering little more than a simple story, while delivering nothing of substance. From Rampage to The Meg, natural predators have been treated as mere action fodder for simple muscle clad heroes. However, with Crawl director Alexandre Aja (Maniac) manages to bring us a far more nuanced thriller. …

Angel Has Fallen – Review

Quick Read Review In 2013 we were given Olympus Has Fallen, followed in 2016 by London Has Fallen. Each blowing up favourite holiday destinations and landmarks. While killing as many people as possible on screen in a shower of bullets, explosions and rocket launchers. Now ‘Die Hard’ wannabe Mike Banning is back, bringing yet more chaos to the White House. …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Avengers Endgame

The Avengers journey has been a true cultural phenomenon of modern film. Reigniting the superhero genre while dovetailing a whole cinematic universe of colour and diversity alongside characters of depth. While not always perfect in plot devices, Endgame manages to deliver an exquisite curtain call for characters who have become central to the rebirth of comic books on screen. Read …

The Good Son – Hollywood’s tentative steps into the darker side of childhood

Released in 1993, The Good Son had a turbulent journey to cinema screens. Beset with re-writes, production changes and Hollywood politics in casting. However, despite its tumultuous journey, The Good Son remains a fascinating insight into child criminality on screen. A mainstream film that tentatively dared to imagine that children can and do hurt others. Within a Hollywood system where …