As The Limehouse Golem opens, we are greeted by a literal pulling back of the curtain, behind which our master of ceremonies invites us to “Begin, my friends, at the end,” dripping with gleeful dread. It’s a nice, if somewhat ham-fisted indicator of the story we are about to see: utterly theatrical, gloomy, and witty […]Read more "‘The Limehouse Golem’ — Gore, Glee, and (almost) Greatness in Victorian London"
I often find as of late the phrase ‘dark humour’ is thrown around a lot without much appreciation for its actual meaning. I think dark humour ought to make you doubt your humanity just a little bit for finding it even remotely funny. With that in mind, I can authoritatively say that dark humour doesn’t […]Read more "The Death of Stalin"
Opening with a futuristic green haze, Patti Cake$ stands out as a coming-of-age film like no other. It focuses on an unlikely aspiring rapper, Patricia Dombrowski – a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$ – who is looking beyond her downtrodden hometown in New Jersey towards the bright lights of New York City. The film looks […]Read more "‘Patti Cake$’: a visual ode to the millennial spirit"
Immaculately directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit details an overwhelmingly tense interaction between a group of police officers and the guests of a hotel in the midst of the 1960s race riots. The opening whizzes through the historical context using a punchy animation inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s paintings, which I really enjoyed. The main arc of […]Read more "‘Detroit’ (2017) – Horrifying History"
This latest instalment in the Thor franchise presents a different kind of flavour to previous films. Where in the past these films appear to channel quite a serious tone, Ragnarok (2017) seems to cast this aside in favour of a more light-hearted nostalgia. I feel this is executed well and creates a very unique aesthetic […]Read more "Thor: Ragnarok"
Autumn is a beautiful transitional season, and with it comes a time for reflection, meditation, and preparation for those cold winter nights that lie ahead. If you’re trying to keep warm, there’s no better way than watching a film indoors. Below is a list of five great films to watch this autumn. Not all take […]Read more "Five Great Films to Watch this Autumn"
It may be an utterly draining watch, but Wind River is an enjoyable and rewarding film from the very start. Structurally it’s a straight forward film; set in the Wind River Indian reservation in Wyoming, the film follows Corey Lambert, an American tracker played by Jeremy Renner, who discovers a dead girl in the deep […]Read more "‘Wind River’: “Let yourself suffer […] you can’t steer from the pain”"