Month: October 2019

Joker (Review) – A bold, daring, devastating and beautiful film

Few films in the past five years have divided critical and audience opinion to the extent of ‘Joker’. Comments on the film have ranged from “It laughs at disability” through to “It is a dangerous exploration of mental health”. However, the truth is ‘Joker’ opens an uncomfortable door into societies views on criminality, isolation and …

Saint Maud (Review) – Visceral horror of the highest order

Spoiler Free Religious fervour mixes with mental illness in a film that takes you to the very edges of psychological horror. Rose Glass’ debut feature is visceral horror of the highest order. Wrapping its audience in a nerve shredding world of mental decline. The escape door firmly closed as we follow a deeply troubled young …

Knives Out (Review) – A genre reborn in a sizzling whodunit

Spoiler Free Knives Out is pure cinematic joy, director Rian Johnson breathing new life into the classic whodunit genre. With a knowing nod of appreciation to the genius of Agatha Christie and dark wit of Hitchcock. All wrapped up with delicious humour and a cutting dissection of modern America. In a large sprawling manor house …

This is Not Berlin (Review) – Friendships change on a journey into art, sex, music and drugs in 80’s Mexico City

‘Esto no es Berlín’ Hari Sama’s semi-autobiographical new film ‘This is Not Berlin’ buzzes with the vibrant and intoxicating energy of 1980’s counterculture. The freshly emerging punk and new wave scene of Mexico City sweeping two teenage friends into a newly emerging world of art, sex, risk and liberation. The boys friendship challenged and changed …

Monsoon (Review) – A delicate and heartfelt journey of cultural identity and belonging

Hong Khaou’s second film ‘Monsoon‘ follows on from the themes of grief, cultural identity and belonging of his first feature ‘Lilting‘. While also charting a different path to his debut feature. In exploring the death of a parent and a sons need discover the cultural identity of his birth. The directors trademark sensitivity and delicate …

The Lighthouse (Review) – How long have we been on this rock?

Spoiler Free Quick Read Review The sea batters an isolated rock, while the gulls circle looking for food. The beaming torch of a rugged lighthouse, keeping Canadian sailers safe while those trapped in its thick walls descend into insanity. New boy Ephram Winslow (Robert Pattinson) joining old sea dog Thomas Wake (William Defoe) as assistant …