Film Reviews

Let it Snow – A Formulaic yet surprisingly tender teen romcom

Quick Read Review Netflix’ straight to streaming films are somewhat of a mixed bag, especially those aimed at a young adult audience. But with Let it Snow, Netflix allows a solid cast to rise above the tinsel drenched romcom, creating something slightly different. Let it Snow knows how to pull all the strings associated with …

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 …

Saint Maud (Review) – Visceral horror of the highest order

Spoiler Free Religious fervour mixes with mental illness in a film that takes you to the very edges of psychological horror. Rose Glass’ debut feature is visceral horror of the highest order. Wrapping its audience in a nerve shredding world of mental decline. The escape door firmly closed as we follow a deeply troubled young …

Knives Out (Review) – A genre reborn in a sizzling whodunit

Spoiler Free Knives Out is pure cinematic joy, director Rian Johnson breathing new life into the classic whodunit genre. With a knowing nod of appreciation to the genius of Agatha Christie and dark wit of Hitchcock. All wrapped up with delicious humour and a cutting dissection of modern America. In a large sprawling manor house …

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 …

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 …