Film Festivals

The Lighthouse (Review) – How long have we been on this rock?

Spoiler Free Quick Read Review The sea batters an isolated rock, while the gulls circle looking for food. The beaming torch of a rugged lighthouse, keeping Canadian sailers safe while those trapped in its thick walls descend into insanity. New boy Ephram Winslow (Robert Pattinson) joining old sea dog Thomas Wake (William Defoe) as assistant …

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 …

The Dude in Me ‘내안의 그놈’ (Review) – Fun and frothy comedy but nothing new

Quick Read Review Body swap comedies have a long history in film, from Freaky Friday (1976) to 17 Again (2009). It is therefore a challenge to offer anything fresh in a genre housing dozens of films that have borrowed from one another over the years. The response to this challenge from South Korean director Hyo-jin …

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 …

The Lodge (Review) – An icy blast of psychological horror

Spoiler Free In 2014 writer/directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz brought us one the finest horror films of the past decade with Goodnight Mommy. Now teaming up with screenwriter Sergio Casci they are back with a psychological horror that once again proves their place in the horror fall of fame. The Lodge wraps you its …

End of the Century (Review) – A fleeting connection that could have been love

‘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 focusing on the power of chance encounters and the fear of commitment. The passion for personal freedom often wrapped …

BFI London Film Festival 2019 – Programme Launched

The full programme for this years 63rd BFI London Film Festival has landed. Bringing the best new films to London from 2nd – 13th October 2019. This years programme once again mixing a diversity of film with documentaries, talks and workshops. Headline Galas at this years festival include, The Personal History of David Copperfield from …