Film Reviews

A Streetcar Named Desire (Retrospective Review) – A stunning and powerful piece of cinema that still crawls under the skin

Let me take you back to the 24th Academy Awards (OSCARS) of 1951. A year when the film version of Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire found itself bagging twelve nominations. Making Oscar history in winning three prominent categories; Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. However, despite this success two awards evaded the films reach. With the …

Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) Review

Back in 2016 Margot Robbie stormed onto our screens as the anarchic DC comics favourite Harley Quinn. The ex-PHD psychotherapist who became the Joker’s right hand woman following a rebirth at ACE chemicals. And while Suicide Squad was far from perfect as an introductory film. It is fair to say that Robbie’s Harley Quinn shone through an otherwise mediocre affair. …

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Review) – An exquisite journey into memory, desire, love and sisterhood

‘Portrait de la jeune fille en feu’ Writer and director Céline Sciamma is renowned for her beautiful and nuanced coming of age films. With a back catalogue filled with stunning reflections on the transition to adulthood, from Water Lilies to Tomboy. However, with her latest film ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, Sciamma breaks with her own convention. While equally …

The Israeli Boys (Short Film Collection) Review – Another great curated collection of shorts

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at NQV Media Following on from the recent release of Danish Boys and Latin Boys. NQV Media continues its run of curated short film collections with The Israeli Boys. A diverse collection of shorts from Israel covering subjects ranging from religion to family and relationships. The beauty of short …

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (Review) – An affectionate journey into forgiveness and healing

Anyone living outside of the United States could be forgiven for not knowing who Fred Rogers was. His status as a US national treasure born from his children’s TV show, ‘Mister Rogers Neighbourhood’. A show that ran from 1968 to 2001 on the PBS network. It may therefore, come as no surprise that Marielle Heller’s new film ‘A Beautiful Day …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Joker

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 mental health. A door that …

The Turning (Review) – A confused take on the Henry James classic

Henry James 1898 novella ‘The Turn of Screw’ has found itself the subject of several cinematic adaptations and interpretations over the years. The most notable of these being Jack Clayton’s exquisite and unparalleled The Innocents in 1961. However, with The Turning director Floria Sigismondi attempts to take the gothic horror of Henry James into 1990’s America. While equally playing with …

Appiness (Review) – A buddy comedy with a clear message on tech

This review is brought to you in partnership with Gravitas and Justin Cook PR How often have you sat in your mundane day job wondering about the all creative dreams you once had. Dreams that seem to have slipped through your fingers at every turn. But equally haunt every waking moment as you realise life is often a disappointing mix …

The Personal History of David Copperfield (Review) – Dickens classic finds a new voice

Placing Charles Dickens classic novel David Copperfield into the hands of Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin), may sound rather audacious. But Iannucci’s love of all things Dickens found itself highlighted back in 2012. With the fabulous BBC documentary ‘Armando’s Tale of Charles Dickens‘. In which the writer/director explored Dickens work with contemporary social eye. While equally focussing on the …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch provides a classic example of the challenges present in condensing a large sprawling novel into a single two and a half hour film. The novels complexity ultimately failing in the translation to the screen. While in turn creating a frustrating and disappointing film. With the films solid performances and beautiful cinematography drowned out by a three act structure …