Monthly Archives: December 2019

Now Available to Stream or Buy – IT Chapter Two

There was an inherent risk sitting at the heart of IT. One that splits a combined story interweaving adult and childhood experience, into two separate entities. Hence dividing the narrative of Stephen King’s source material. While also creating an expectation that the audience could combine both chapters into singular cinematic journey. This is a challenge that few films have managed …

Worzel Gummidge – A delightful return of the scarecrow

Anyone of my generation will have fond memories of Jon Pertwee as the lovable if slightly cantankerous scarecrow Worzel Gummidge. His interpretation of Barbara Euphan Todd’s 1930’s character shining on-screen from 1979 – 1981. It is therefore with some trepidation that I settled down to watch his return on BBC One this Christmas. However, this trepidation was consigned to the …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Back in 1981 Alvin Schwartz released the first volume of his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series. Aimed at introducing children and teens to the nightmare world of folk horror. His books not only proving a huge success, but also inspiring a whole generation of horror fans. With tales of mysterious creatures, ghosts and things that go bump in the …

The Two Popes (Review) – A delightfully nuanced two man play

On the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 the Catholic Church found itself at cross roads. With the need for modernisation clashing with the continued conservatism of John Paul’s legacy. And it is here that Fernando Meirelles beautiful adaptation of a screenplay by Anthony McCarten starts. Taking us on a glorious if largely unknown journey into the relationship …

Little Women (Review) – Greta Gerwig delivers a sumptuous slice of classic literature

This is the sixth on screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. The most recent having been the 1994 academy award nominated film starring Winona Ryder. However, unlike previous adaptations Greta Gerwig’s Little Women sings with a vibrant air of modernism. Taking the roots of the classic novel while dovetailing them with a beautiful coming of age journey. With …

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Review)

Spoiler Free How do you end a Skywalker saga born 42 years ago? While also drawing to a close the timeline of a new set of characters born five years ago? This is a challenge that Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker never quite manages to circumnavigate. Ultimately creating a frenetic and somewhat muddled and disappointing end to …

Cherry Tobacco (Review) – The smoke and mirrors of first love

‘Kirsitubakas’ Films exploring first love are of course nothing new within the coming of age genre. With many films over the years having explored the desire, humour and longing that first love inevitably brings. However, Estonian film Cherry Tobacco, dovetails this intensity and desire with a nuanced exploration of community, infatuation and belonging. Creating a gentle coming of age story …

Responsible Child (Review) – The ramifications of an archaic law

Every once in while a TV drama comes along that asks society to look at its failings. Testing our views, opinions and judgments with a nuanced exploration of a social safety net incompatible with need. Written by Sean Buckley (Skins) and directed by the documentary filmmaker Nick Holt Responsible Child is one of those dramas. Currently, the law in England …