Drama

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. …

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 …

Comic Book Movies – The Essential Collection

Ever since the 18th Century, comics, manga, cartoons and graphic novels have been a part of public storytelling. Taking us to new and existing worlds through art and words. While equally challenging political figures and institutions as they reflect and dissect our human journey. From Japan to Europe and the America’s the use of images in storytelling has a long …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – End of the Century

‘Fin de siglo’ What if we had made different decisions as a result of the random meetings, and fleeting love affairs we have had? This is the question posed by writer-director Lucio Castro. His debut feature ‘End of the Century’ focusing on the power of chance encounters and the fear of commitment. The passion for personal freedom often wrapped in …

Billy Elliot: Still electric at 20

It is hard to believe that Billy Elliot first danced its way into our hearts at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival almost 20 years ago. Not only redefining the power of British cinema, but also challenging and changing social views of class, dance and opportunity. With a sweet, but ultimately powerful dissection of masculinity, sexuality and community that still manages …

Calm With Horses (Review) – The flickering light of redemption in a brutal world

Based on the award-winning short story by Colin Barrett, and adapted for the screen by Joe Murtagh. Director Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses is nothing short of electric crime drama. In a debut feature film that explores masculinity, community and crime without broad brush stereotypes or cliches. Wrapping the audience in a heart-breaking and violent portrait of limited opportunity, social …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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 in belonging, emotion and depth.  …

And Then We Danced (Review) – Shattering the personal, cultural and artistic chains of homophobia

I have often commented on the bravery of bringing LGBTQ stories to our screens from those countries where oppression is still rife. But when this bravery is coupled with a mission to break down the stereotypes and perceptions leading to segregation and discrimination. While exploring culture, identity and history that directly influences homophobic actions. Film can not only open doors …

My Left Nut (Review) – Lifting the curtain on teenage sexual health for boys

We all know that teenage boys are generally not good at talking about their own health. Creating a trait that often continues through to adult life. As men search for their own answers to possible health problems, long before consulting a doctor. Often only increasing undue worry and concern, that remains pent up and lacking in any emotional support. Therefore …