Film Festivals

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

Waves batter an isolated rock, as the gulls circle looking for their next meal. The beaming torch of the barnacled lighthouse providing safety for travelling sailors. While the keepers of the light slowly descend into insanity. Following his 2015 horror masterpiece The Witch, Director Roger Eggers gives us a maritime nightmare of epic proportions. The claustrophobic 1.19:1 aspect ratio working …

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. 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’ …

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

Lampooning fascism and Nazi ideology can be a tightrope walk for any Director. The sensitivities of history still raw and full of emotion for many. Therefore creating a need to balance humour with the true horror of war and hate. With Jojo Rabbit, Director Taika Waititi takes aim at the indoctrination of youth, while mixing a coming of age tale …

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 divine ‘The Hollow Crown’ instead. …

The Dude in Me – Fun, frothy but nothing new

‘내안의 그놈’ Quick Read Review Body swap comedies have a long history in film, from Freaky Friday to 17 Again . 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 Kang is to create …

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 in belonging, emotion and depth. …

Tremors (Review) – The conflicted interface between faith, love & community

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. Now with his latest picture Tremors (Temblores). Bustamante delves into the world of gay conversation therapy, family and faith in a polarised Guatemalan community. Tremors is certainly …

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 a feeling of quiet discomfort from …

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

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 director Armando Iannucci; The Irishman …