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 …

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

 ‘기생충’ 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 twists and …

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 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 …

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 the teen romcom and Christmas …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

How often do you walk into a cinema and truly reflect on the sound of the film you are watching? We all consume sound in film without ever really thinking about its creation and origins. Simply expecting the film to submerge us into drama, fantasy, horror or comedy. Making Waves beautifully explores the talent and artistry of sound design in …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Apollo 11

Very few documentaries have the power to transport you back to a specific time and place; Apollo 11 is one of those documentaries. Director Todd Douglas Miller taking you back to the hot summer of 1969. NASA’s beautifully restored 65mm footage creating the aesthetic of live TV coverage. Every scene oozing the excitement, adrenaline and awe of the moon landing. …