Monthly Archives: March 2020

Top TV: Our guide to the best box sets

Last Update: May 2020 Television has the power to whisk us away into new worlds, while remaining firmly rooted to our favourite armchair. While equally opening up new worlds through longer, episodic stories that leave us gagging for more. In recent years this has led to a new golden age of TV, as our viewing habits have changed in an …

Essential Pick of the Week – Rope (1948)

Week #10 Rope (1948) Alfred Hitchcock’s 1948 film is not your standard horror fair, and continues to enthral and surprise new audiences. Playing out in a high rise apartment, over the course of party. Rope is in essence pure theatre on screen. A gloriously dark exploration of murder, and revenge that manages to weave its audience into a sublime psychological horror. …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Honey Boy

Born in 1986, Shia LaBeouf found fame at young age through stand up comedy and then the Disney Channel. His talent finding worldwide stardom with the 2007 hit Disturbia. However, as with many child actors before him, the journey to this point was far from glamourous. A journey fraught with alcohol, anger and internal struggle. Written by LaBeouf, ‘Honey Boy’ may have changed the …

Essential Pick of the Week – Mommy (2014)

Week #9 Mommy (2014) French Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan burst onto the public stage in 2009 with his outstanding debut feature I Killed My Mother. His ability to reflect the intensity of family relationships and the emotional disconnect of parents and teenagers jumping from the screen. However, with Mommy this ability to both challenge and engage an audience is amplified …

Essential Pick of the Week – Love Simon (2018)

Week #8 Love Simon (2018) Much like Call Me By Your Name, Love Simon has earned its place as a defining LGBTQ movie of whole new generation. Not only taking the best-selling novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda into film. But also, translating it with care, love and a delightful light touch. To create a truly groundbreaking young adult LGBTQ romcom. …

BFI Flare at home – Live Q&A with Olivier Ducastel on DON’T LOOK DOWN & Suzanne Guacci on T11 INCOMPLETE

As part of BFI Flare at home, BFI Flare Programmer Michael Blyth speaks with director Olivier Ducastel about Don’t Look Down. Directed by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau (Theo and Hugo, BFI Flare 2016) this deliciously enigmatic chamber piece is a sly critique on power, submission and the destructive side of love. The film was part of the 2020 BFI …

Essential Pick of the Week – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

Week #7 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017) Following on from his darkly humorous In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Martin McDonagh delivers a film that dovetails the darkest of humour with a psychological examination of human pain and justice. Within a film that delves into the deepest reaches of guilt, family and prejudice in the small town of Ebbing Missouri. …

BFI Flare at home – Live Q&A with Evan Purchell on ASK ANY BUDDY

As part of BFI Flare at home, BFI Flare Programmer Brain Robinson speaks with director Evan Purchell about Ask Any Buddy. His lovingly edited compilation of erotic gay film depicting the glory days of queer life between 1968 and 1986. The film was part of the 2020 BFI Flare programme. Flare at Home, the BFI’s digital version of Europe’s largest …

Essential Pick of the Week – My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Week #6 My Own Private Idaho (1991) You may think that a film based around male prostitution would focus on sex. But Gus Van Sant’s 1991 picture does not wrap itself in stereotypical themes of prostitution and sexuality. My Own Private Idaho plays with Shakespeare’s Henry IV part I and II. While placing its central characters into the urban bustle and rural beauty …

The Mandalorian – The magic of Star Wars reborn on TV

Disney + launched this week in the UK, finally allowing audiences to access TV shows that have already swept the USA. But its biggest offering is undoubtedly the long awaited The Mandalorian. A Star Wars inspired adventure with a bounty hunter at the helm. But despite the hype was it was worth the wait? Unlike the recent mediocre finale to …