Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Nightingale – A gut wrenching journey into the horrors of colonialism

Following on from her 2014 masterpiece of suspense The Babadook. Jennifer Kent’s second feature ‘The Nightingale’ provides a gut wrenching journey into the horrors of oppression and colonialism. While searing itself into the memory of the viewer, with a vice like grip. On paper providing a thriller that plays to rape-revenge genre, while embedding the plot with a far more …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

From the outset Tomer Heymann’s ‘fly on the wall’ documentary that has no intention of muting or censoring the life of its lead. Providing the audience with a filter free exploration of a life lived on the rough edges of the porn industry. An industry centred on money, fantasy and bodies as financial commodities. Agassi bravely placing himself, his family …

The Irishman – Goodbye to the Goodfellas

It is hard to believe that is was almost 25 years ago that Martin Scorsese brought us Casino, starring Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. A film that many thought would mark the end of the Pesci – DeNiro partnership born in the 1980 film Raging Bull. While Al Pacino although having worked De Niro on The Godfather, never crossed …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – An Impossible Love

“Un amour impossible’ Acclaimed director Catherine Corsini has shown herself to be a masterful storyteller over the past 30 years. With ‘An Impossible Love’ continuing her flare for bring stories of intense power and nuance to the screen. Released in January 2019, An Impossible Love is a shining example of family drama that may have slipped you by. And if …

Baby Driver – A High Octane Musical Thriller

Baby Driver arrived in UK cinemas with bang on the 27th June 2017. The films carefully selected musical score humming with the energy of a high-octane engine. While its narrative played with several genres ranging from the action thriller to the heist movie. However, very few people would label Baby Driver as a musical. Possibly due to its testosterone soaked …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Horrible Histories the Movie: Rotten Romans

Based on the hit books by Terry Deary, Horrible Histories first hit TV screens in 2009. The shows unique format mixing historical fact and fiction with humour, battles and songs. Providing children and adults alike with a delightful mix of fun and learning. Its anarchic recipe made the TV show and instant success for Children’s BBC. Therefore, after eight seasons …

World on Fire – The horror of fascism and bravery of rebellion

BBC One’s war time drama World on Fire concluded last week, after seven riveting and deeply moving episodes. The drama immersing its audience in the horrors of fascism, the bravery of rebellion and the darkness of war, while also providing us with stunning cinematography, performances and direction. In a similar vein to the outstanding 2013 German TV drama Generation War …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Lion King (2019)

Despite all the technical wizardry, Disney’s carbon copy of their own 1994 animated film fails to fly. The Lion King (2019) undeniably pushes the boundaries of modern animation, providing a stunning and new visual experience. Unfortunately however, no amount of technical prowess can save the film from a feeling of blandness. The emotion and energy of the 1994 original absent …

Let it Snow – A Formulaic yet surprisingly tender teen romcom

Quick Read Review Netflix’ straight to streaming films are somewhat of a mixed bag, especially those aimed at a young adult audience. But with Let it Snow, Netflix allows a solid cast to rise above the tinsel drenched romcom, creating something slightly different. Let it Snow knows how to pull all the strings associated with the teen romcom and Christmas …

The Morning Show: The changing landscape of broadcast media

Apple made a brave choice when commissioning ‘The Morning Show’ as their first major drama for the new Apple TV+ platform. With media and film still shaking in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and abuse allegations. The Morning Show bravely places the #MeToo movement centre stage. While also unflinchingly exploring the role of men who have used …