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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 …

IT (2017) – The childhood fears we never relinquish

Stephen King published his 22nd novel ‘IT’ back in 1986 to a mixed reception from critics. The novels coming of age themes sitting alongside a supernatural presence who fed on fear, captivated some and bemused others. Its 1300+ pages demanded attention and commitment from the reader. While its core themes dug deep into childhood and …

The Good Son – Hollywood’s tentative steps into the darker side of childhood

Released in 1993, The Good Son had a turbulent journey to cinema screens, beset with re-writes, production changes and Hollywood politics in casting. However, despite its tumultuous journey, The Good Son remains a fascinating insight into child criminality on screen. A mainstream film that tentatively dared to imagine that children can and do hurt others. …

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Review

Spoiler Free Four years on from The Hateful Eight, a film that garnered very mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike. Tarantino’s ninth feature is mature, visually stunning and nuanced filmmaking. Holding your attention, despite its slower pace with cinematography, performances and script writing that sings. While submerging you in a hypnotic mix of fantasy …