Tag Archives: Coming of Age

Matinee (1993) – A love letter to cinema, theatre and imagination

Mention the name Joe Dante, and some of the films that immediately spring to mind include Gremlins. Explorers and Innerspace. However, few people mention his sublime 1993 homage to cinema ‘Matinee’. A film that joyously celebrated the power of the big screen; the end of innocence and final years of monster driven exploitation filmmaking. While taking inspiration from the real …

Essential Pick of the Week – Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) 2016

At what age does the freedom and innocence of childhood become consumed by the mists of adolescence? The answer of course differs for every person, the journey to adulthood one of personal self discovery. It’s jarring and uncomfortable dawn bringing with it the realities of adult life, sex and relationships. Creating a transition that is often both painful and joyous …

Essential Pick of the Week – Days of the Bagnold Summer

Do you remember the long summer holidays away from school at the tender age of 15? For many of us we now look back at this time through the rose tinted specs of adulthood. But the truth is these breaks were often painful, disappointing and challenging for both the us and our parent/s. Our hormonal confusion and desire for freedom …

Dating Amber – Friendship, love and acceptance in 90s Ireland

The 1990s offered a period of large scale change in both the U.K and Ireland, as the social structures of the 80s were challenged by a newly emerging social confidence. In Britain this led to the birth of Brit Pop and political change, while across the Irish Sea young people began to question the beliefs of their parents, government and …

Abe – The truly delicious role food plays in celebrating diversity

This film review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Breaking Glass Pictures Fresh from the 2019 TIFF and Sundance film festival, filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade brings us a sweet exploration of cultural and gastronomic fusion. In a film that follows a simple yet nuanced narrative, encompassing themes of both individual and social identity. As we follow …

The Goonies at 35: A treasure trove of fantasy, comedy and adventure

We can only imagine the scene at the Warner Brothers offices back in 1983/84. When Steven Spielberg pitched a new film to nervous executives desperate for the Spielberg magic in box office revenues. After all, this was a director who continued to push the boundaries of filmmaking. With E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws …

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 …

Essential Pick of the Week – Love Simon (2018)

Week #8 Love Simon (2018) Much like Call Me By Your Name, Love Simon has earned its place as a defining LGBTQ movie of whole new generation. Not only taking the best-selling novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda into film. But also, translating it with care, love and a delightful light touch. To create a truly groundbreaking young adult LGBTQ romcom. …

Comic Book Movies – The Essential Collection

Updated June 2020 Ever since the 18th Century, comics, manga, cartoons and graphic novels have been a part of public storytelling. Taking us to new and existing worlds through art and words. While equally challenging political figures and institutions as they reflect and dissect our human journey. From Japan to Europe and the America’s the use of images in storytelling …

I Am Not Okay with This (Review) – An explosion of teenage angst in a sea of comic book joy

What do you get when you cross the energy of The Breakfast Club with the horror of Carrie? The answer may be found in the new Netflix comic book drama ‘I Am Not Okay with This’. A deliciously dark comic book adaptation from the same universe as The End of the F***ing World. One that wraps you in the story …