Monthly Archives: January 2020

Full programme announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2020

Taking place over 12 days from 26th February to 8th March. Glasgow Film Festival has once again become a place for amazing premieres. This year featuring 9 World premieres, 10 European premieres, 102 UK premieres and 39 Scottish premieres. Run by Glasgow Film, the charity that also runs Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT). The Film Festival is made possible by support …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Joker

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 mental health. A door that …

The Turning (Review) – A confused take on the Henry James classic

Henry James 1898 novella ‘The Turn of Screw’ has found itself the subject of several cinematic adaptations and interpretations over the years. The most notable of these being Jack Clayton’s exquisite and unparalleled The Innocents in 1961. However, with The Turning director Floria Sigismondi attempts to take the gothic horror of Henry James into 1990’s America. While equally playing with …

Appiness (Review) – A buddy comedy with a clear message on tech

This review is brought to you in partnership with Gravitas and Justin Cook PR How often have you sat in your mundane day job wondering about the all creative dreams you once had. Dreams that seem to have slipped through your fingers at every turn. But equally haunt every waking moment as you realise life is often a disappointing mix …

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Review) – Dickens classic finds a new voice

Placing Charles Dickens classic novel David Copperfield into the hands of Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin), may sound rather audacious. But Iannucci’s love of all things Dickens found itself highlighted back in 2012. With the fabulous BBC documentary ‘Armando’s Tale of Charles Dickens‘. In which the writer/director explored Dickens work with contemporary social eye. While equally focussing on the …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch provides a classic example of the challenges present in condensing a large sprawling novel into a single two and a half hour film. The novels complexity ultimately failing in the translation to the screen. While in turn creating a frustrating and disappointing film. With the films solid performances and beautiful cinematography drowned out by a three act structure …

Bombshell (Review) – An important but confused take on corporate discrimination

For many years Fox News has provided America with a twisted, often controversial and evangelical right wing voice. Therefore, it is somewhat surprising that one of best known cases of the early #MeToo movement, came from the heart of Murdoch’s right wing news operation. Focussing on the abuse of corporate power, and the misogyny of a CEO (Roger Ailes) who …

Waves (Review) – A wave of colour, sound and emotion that ripples through the mind

Undoubtedly his most bold and ambitious film to date. Director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) new film Waves, oozes creativity and emotion in equal measure. While embracing its audience in a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and movement. Ensuring each person watching feels a part of the action on screen. In a sweeping family drama that not only creates …

Titans Season 2 – Despite a few minor stumbles, Titans are back with a bang

Titans season one debuted in 2018, providing a shining light in sea of superhero TV shows. By not only giving a long overdue platform to some of DC Comics most overlooked characters in TV and film. But also surrounding their debut with a decidedly adult tone. Reinventing the characters for a modern audience, while equally honouring their comic book roots. …