Tim Roth Directs The War Zone With Brutal Truth

*** SOME SPOILERS *** In the opening scenes of the 1999 bare-bones British drama The War Zone, some effort is made to establish what might well be a realistic, relatively well-rounded family. There’s a whiff of familiarity that Dad is walking around the house without a shirt on. That  heavily pregnant Mum’s waters break on […]

Read More
Advertisements

Marty’s Overambitious Disaster: Why Did New York, New York Flop?

It was a struggle trying to track down a copy of Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York, I couldn’t find it on Amazon Prime, or ITunes and in the end I purchased a second-hand DVD. The cover features Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli walking down a sidewalk in the nighttime, it looked like a still from Scorsese’s […]

Read More

21 Golden Globe Winners Not Even Nominated At The Oscars

Welcome to the Golden Globes once again. The awards season party hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press. That incorporate musical and comedy into their awards, not the actual show like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Of course, before you read on and after you have read the title, you would be right […]

Read More

Get Out: It’s Not A Laughing Matter

Sight and Sound magazine recently declared Get Out it’s film of 2017. And while I personally disagree with this, I do think it’s a good, solid film which is certainly deserving of its praise, but it’s not my personal favourite film of 2017. However, I can understand why so many critics praise it, and why […]

Read More

Let’s Talk About Catch Me If You Can

Whenever people talk about the historical prestige films that Steven Spielberg has made over the years, they talk about films like Schindler’s List, The Color Purple, and Lincoln. But sadly, it seems that nobody really talks about Catch Me If You Can. Even though it was nominated for two Oscars, Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken and Original Score for John Williams, and […]

Read More

Golden Globes Nominations Have Us Scratching Our Heads

This year’s nominations for the always unpredictable Golden Globes have been released and I must say, it is the snubs that are more noticeable than the films and performances that actually got nominated. For starters, Get Out managed to get nominated for Best Motion Picture-Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor for Daniel Kaluuya, but nothing […]

Read More

5 Alternatives For Your Christmas Movie List

Having dissolved my initial advent calendar idea (for more than one reason), I felt I had to salvage some of the Christmas-kind-of-related movies you might not have seen. And if so, should see again. So find those empty windows in your seasonal viewing diary and slot the following five recommended motion pictures into them. Each […]

Read More

Review: Dee Rees’ Essential Mudbound

Mudbound is many things at once: A demonstration of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a portrait of racial tensions in rural America, and a universal telling of everyday people trying to live through the trials of today to build a better tomorrow. Yet the film is one thing as well: Poetic. Despite its heavy subject matter, it […]

Read More

Review: The Florida Project

“Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.” Kailash Satyarthi In Sean Baker’s excellent The Florida Project we see the glorious, almost technicolor world through the eyes of six year old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), who is living below the poverty line in post-election America. However, she doesn’t see […]

Read More

Review: Call Me By Your Name

A review by Bianca Garner “Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” These words are profound and they sum up the power of love, it makes us weak in ways we never thought possible, but this same weakness can make an individual stronger. Call Me By Your Name addresses the complexities of a […]

Read More

Masterpiece Memo: The Exorcist

Often I wonder with a kind of disappointed enthusiasm, what it was like to actually be around to see some of cinema’s greatest motion pictures when they first went on general release in theaters. Of all the excellent movies that drift in and out of my abstract nostalgia, not many fill that yearning more than […]

Read More

Maren Ade’s Latest Film Toni Erdmann Is Both Long And Alluring

When the movie Toni Erdmann entered our lives last May we assumed without agenda this was about a father’s relationship with his (grown-up) daughter. Which it kind of is, but more than that it turns out to be about a daughter, and her relationship with her (juvenile) father. This is not exactly a devastating plot […]

Read More

Lost in Translation: Visual Appreciation

  “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.”  In her sophomore smash hit, Sofia Coppola introduces us to a familiar world within the realms of loneliness and isolation. Lost in Translation revolves around Bob Harris (Bill Murray) who’s experiencing a mid-life crisis in Tokyo while filming a commercial advertising a whiskey for $2 million when he […]

Read More

2 Takes On Passion and Desire From Pedro Almodóvar

Without giving too much away about the 10 Best Pedro Almodóvar Films coming up a little later, but with no Matador (1986) and High Heels (1991) making the final 10 there is always fan favorites that won’t make the final cut in such a vast filmography of excellence. Steve Schweighofer picks two of his very best – […]

Read More

Cinema 2017 Half-Time Report: Movies 2/4

It feels as though the deep dramas, cringey horrors, and black comedies are three of the freshest produce on the market these days – lucky for us the next few fall into those boxes. If you haven’t seen the following movies from this year, you have some work to do: Free Fire I had the […]

Read More

Listmania – Bouncing Out 5 Basketball Movies

NCAA Men’s Basketball Edition Can you feel it?? That’s March Madness, AKA, the NCAA basketball tournament. We’re down to the FINAL 4 this weekend, and we’ll know soon enough who’s gonna play in the championship game on Monday night. In the meantime, I decided it was time to rank my 5 favorite “basketball movies”, even […]

Read More

Review: Divines

Audiences around the world are missing out on the non-commercial, non-English language film gems – it has been the same for years, decades. French film Divines (di-veen) is one such motion picture, an experience that made me actually feel something far deeper than surface emotions. Directed by breakthrough Houda Benyamina, winning the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film […]

Read More

Genre Blast: Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Movies

(This series is a challenge for all film nerds. I call out the film genre and five favorites, and then you tell me what I missed. Let’s see see if we can come up with a definitive catalog. Ready?)  Genre Blast: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Movies How bad can it get? Pretty bad, judging from these visions in […]

Read More

Awards Season Cliques of the Trade

I hated cliques in high school. I hated the idea that you had to be or act a certain way in order to be accepted. I hated the feeling of isolation I experienced, both externally and internally, because I didn’t fit the norm. Hated the drama when two sets of cliques start shit and expecting […]

Read More

Al Robinson Predicts the Golden Globes

It’s almost time to hand out some more best of the year film awards. This time it’s from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the Golden Globe Awards. They’re not a perfect precursor to the Oscar nominations or winners, but they’ll at least help us to know more about what those who vote are thinking. […]

Read More