Drama

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 …

This is Not Berlin (Review) – Coming of age in a haze of art, sex, music and drugs

‘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 into 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 …

Honey Boy (Review) – Young fame and the misguided support of a troubled parent

Born in 1986, Shia LaBeouf found fame at young age through stand up comedy and then the Disney Channel. It wasn’t long before Hollywood was beckoning the young LaBeouf. His 2007 hit Disturbia cementing the young actors worldwide fame. The journey to this point was far less glamorous than it may have seemed, and the …

Jojo Rabbit (Review) – A stunning satirical dissection of hate and fascism

Lampooning Nazi ideology and right wing fervour is a tightrope walk for any Director. Balancing the need to reflect the horror of right wing extremism. With a need to satirically dissect the hate and oppression at its heart. With Jojo Rabbit, Director Taika Waititi takes square aim at the indoctrination of youth, mixing coming of …

The King (Review) – An insecure but stoic young King in a world of political manipulation

Henry IV part one and two and Henry V combine into a singular story that plays homage to Shakespeare’s characters. While creating a completely fresh take on his famous plays in David Michôd’s new Netflix film The King. The King is not a Shakespearian adaptation, and anyone watching the film expecting such, should watch the …

Matthias and Maxime (Review) – A beautiful portrait of male love and friendship

Friendships change over time, especially the ones born of childhood and adolescence. Sometimes those friendships hide the true feelings of the journey from boy to man (or girl to woman). And sometimes those that hide repressed desire can surface on the road to adult life. These are all themes that Xavier Dolan’s latest film explores …

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Review) – An Ode to friendship, place and loss

There are few films in modern cinema that exude their brilliance within the first 10 minutes. But in a similar vein to Barry Jenkins ‘If Beale Street Could Talk‘. The Last Black Man in San Francisco grabs your heart and soul from the start. The vibrant cinematography dovetailing with a sublime score, its characters rich …

Tremors (Review) ‘Temblores’ – The Interface between faith and community in personal choice

In 2015 Guatemalan Director Jayro Bustamante received an Oscar nomination for his debut feature Ixcanul. While also winning the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival for the same feature. With his latest film Tremors (Temblores) Bustamante delves into the world of gay conversation therapy, family and faith in a polarised Guatemalan …