2019

The Two Popes (Review) – A delightfully nuanced two man play

On the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005 the Catholic Church found itself at cross roads. With the need for modernisation clashing with the continued conservatism of John Paul’s legacy. And it is here that Fernando Meirelles beautiful adaptation of a screenplay by Anthony McCarten starts. Taking us on a glorious if largely unknown journey into the relationship …

Little Women (Review) – Greta Gerwig delivers a sumptuous slice of classic literature

This is the sixth on screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. The most recent having been the 1994 academy award nominated film starring Winona Ryder. However, unlike previous adaptations Greta Gerwig’s Little Women sings with a vibrant air of modernism. Taking the roots of the classic novel while dovetailing them with a beautiful coming of age journey. With …

Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Review)

Spoiler Free How do you end a Skywalker saga born 42 years ago? While also drawing to a close the timeline of a new set of characters born five years ago? This is a challenge that Star Wars Episode XI: The Rise of Skywalker never quite manages to circumnavigate. Ultimately creating a frenetic and somewhat muddled and disappointing end to …

Cherry Tobacco (Review) – The smoke and mirrors of first love

‘Kirsitubakas’ Films exploring first love are of course nothing new within the coming of age genre. With many films over the years having explored the desire, humour and longing that first love inevitably brings. However, Estonian film Cherry Tobacco, dovetails this intensity and desire with a nuanced exploration of community, infatuation and belonging. Creating a gentle coming of age story …

The Shiny Shrimps (Review) – A heartwarming cocktail of humour and belonging

‘Les Crevettes Pailletées’ Inspired by the real life LGBTQ water polo team that debut director Cédric Le Gallo is a member of. While also transferring the directors real life experience into a fictional story of the sporting underdog. The Shiny Shrimps may not offer a completely unique cinematic experience, but does shine with both comedy and love. While equally bringing …

Parasite (Review) – A tour de force in modern cinema

 ‘기생충’ Spoiler Free Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Korean director Bong Joon-Ho‘s new movie, Parasite is as close to cinematic perfection as I have seen during 2019. Creating a film that ebbs and flows with deliciously dark humour, shocks and drama in equal measure. While taking the audience on a rollercoaster ride of …

Marriage Story – The complexities of family breakdown

Arriving 40 years after Robert Benton’s Oscar winning Kramer vs Kramer. Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story may just follow in the award winning footsteps of its predecessor in 2020. By creating a film that not only echoes the character driven drama of Robert Benton’s movie. But also offers both a personal and assured reflection of the complexities of marriage and divorce …

The Nightingale – A gut wrenching journey into the horrors of colonialism

Following on from her 2014 masterpiece of suspense The Babadook. Jennifer Kent’s second feature ‘The Nightingale’ provides a gut wrenching journey into the horrors of oppression and colonialism. While searing itself into the memory of the viewer, with a vice like grip. On paper providing a thriller that plays to rape-revenge genre, while embedding the plot with a far more …

The Irishman – Goodbye to the Goodfellas

It is hard to believe that is was almost 25 years ago that Martin Scorsese brought us Casino, starring Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro. A film that many thought would mark the end of the Pesci – DeNiro partnership born in the 1980 film Raging Bull. While Al Pacino although having worked De Niro on The Godfather, never crossed …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – An Impossible Love

“Un amour impossible’ Acclaimed director Catherine Corsini has shown herself to be a masterful storyteller over the past 30 years. With ‘An Impossible Love’ continuing her flare for bring stories of intense power and nuance to the screen. Released in January 2019, An Impossible Love is a shining example of family drama that may have slipped you by. And if …