Movies to Stream or Buy

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 …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Ad Astra

In 2016 James Grey brought us the underrated ‘The Lost City of Z‘. A film that focused on the human need for exploration and understanding. Exploring the desire of humans to risk everything in answering the questions inherent in the unknown and unexplored. Ad Astra continues the themes of Grey’s earlier film. Mixing stunning cinematography with the human desire to answer the …

Now Available to Stream on BFI Player – Bait

Mark Jenkin’s Cornish fishing tale ‘Bait’ is a masterclass in cinematic art and social commentary. Providing us with an hypnotic and salty soap opera. While mixing this with a unique, captivating and utterly beautiful piece of cinema. The grain of its 16mm black and white footage interfacing with modern Cornwall. As tradition and change combine with explosive results.  Martin Ward …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – A Million Little Pieces

In 2003 James Frey published his memoir, “A Million Little Pieces”. A piece of work that initially received widespread acclaimed on release. However, went on to court controversy after the author admitted fictionalising some key aspects of his apparent life story. This controversy was only heightened by an interview on the Oprah Winfrey show. Where Oprah asked Frey to apologise to readers over a book she …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – IT Chapter Two

There was an inherent risk sitting at the heart of IT. One that splits a combined story interweaving adult and childhood experience, into two separate entities. Hence dividing the narrative of Stephen King’s source material. While also creating an expectation that the audience could combine both chapters into singular cinematic journey. This is a challenge that few films have managed …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Back in 1981 Alvin Schwartz released the first volume of his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series. Aimed at introducing children and teens to the nightmare world of folk horror. His books not only proving a huge success, but also inspiring a whole generation of horror fans. With tales of mysterious creatures, ghosts and things that go bump in the …

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 …

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 …