Movies to Stream or Buy

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Jojo Rabbit

Lampooning fascism and Nazi ideology in film can be a tightrope walk for any Director. With the sensitivities of history still raw and full of emotion for many viewers. Hence creating a need to balance humour with the true horror of war and hate. And with Jojo Rabbit, Director Taika Waititi manages to walk this tricky tightrope by layering the …

Why Don’t You Just Die! (Review) – A devilishly dark and blood soaked chamber piece

‘Papa, sdokhni’  From the very first scene Kirill Sokolov’s debut feature Why Don’t You Just Die sets out its devilishly dark stall. As twenty-something Matvei (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) arrives at the apartment of his girlfriend Olya’s (Evgeniya Kregzhde) parents, armed with hammer. Only to be met by Olya’s father Andrei (Vitaliy Khaev) a brutish, controlling and decidedly corrupt police officer. His large …

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) – Film of the Week

Charting the journey of four friends over five decades. Sergio Leone’s masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America has found itself eclipsed in recent years by the equally stunning Goodfellas and The Godfather. But this is a film that deserves an equal amount of praise and attention. As it wraps the viewer in a truly epic tale of friendship, betrayal and revenge. …

Now Available to Stream of Buy – Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)

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. …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – A Guide to Second Date Sex

Based on her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Play of 2012 A Guide to Second Date Sex. Rachel Hiron’s directorial debut reflects its theatrical roots with pride. Offering us a situation comedy that is quintessentially British in its awkwardness and humour. Reflecting the deepest desires of two twenty-something adults to embrace the spark of a potential new relationship. While surrounding this with …

The Death and Life of John F Donovan (Review) – A curious mix of beauty, strength and weakness

Five years after it first started production, Xavier Dolan’s first English language movie has finally and quietly arrived on streaming platforms. After bypassing cinemas in the UK and spending a lengthy period of time in the editing suite. While also having been duly slated by critics on its short festival run in 2018. Therefore, hopes were not high for The …

15 Years (Review) – The boundaries of love in a sea of internal darkness

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Breaking Glass Pictures With his debut feature film 15 Years writer/director Yuval Hadadi brings us a film that explores the boundaries of love and belonging in sea of internal darkness. Exploring how childhood experience can directly affect the emotional security of the individual. While reflecting that this may …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – And Then We Danced

I have often commented on the bravery of bringing LGBTQ stories to our screens from those countries where oppression is still rife. But when this bravery is coupled with a mission to break down the stereotypes and perceptions leading to segregation and discrimination. While exploring culture, identity and history that directly influences homophobic actions. Film can not only open doors …

The Sharks (Review) – The hormonal energy of the young hunter

‘Los Tiburones‘ This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Breaking Glass Pictures Sharks use a range of extraordinary senses in hunting their potential prey, from electrical energy to smell and sound. But are we as humans any different in our hormonally driven hunt of the people we desire? And does this hunt for a potential …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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 the Skywalker …