I admit I was worried that the narrative of Loving Vincent would be completely overlooked in favour of its hand-painted stop-motion visuals – thankfully this was not the case. Sure, if looked at solely as a mystery murder, the film does not introduce anything innovative, nor is the story in any way extraordinary. Following basic […]Read more "‘Loving Vincent’: A Visual Feast in the Mystery of van Gogh"
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the third feature from writer/director Martin McDonagh and it is arguably his most complete work put on the big screen. The film is centred around a grieving, vengeful mother who puts up three provocative billboards on the outskirts of town, all in an attempt to reinvigorate the police investigation […]Read more "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
I was quite excited to see Fireworks – not only because it was the first anime I was to review, and not even because I was curious to see how much my Japanese has improved; the main reason was I had heard it was similar to Your Name (dir. Makoto Shinkai), another melodrama anime I […]Read more "Fireworks"
Some films stand out because of their writing, some their cinematography, their editing, or soundtrack, and then there are films like Benedict Andrews’s Una, which sticks in your mind because of the stunning performances. Both of the main actors, but especially Rooney Mara, are absolutely incredible in this film. From her first appearance, Mara just […]Read more "Una"
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Mother! is about an unnamed couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) whose blissful existence is threatened by visitors. I will refrain from further detailing the plot as it’s the kind of film where going in blind and witnessing it all unfold is part of the fun. Having loved Aronofsky’s previous work […]Read more "‘Mother!’ Review – A Nightmarish Assault on the Senses"
Editor’s note: This review contains some plot description but no spoilers (suitable to read if you’ve not yet seen the film) A long time ago, in a living room not too far from where I’m currently sat, I fell in love with the Star Wars universe. From the triumphant, blasting soundtrack which accompanies the opening […]Read more "The Last Jedi, but Definitely Not the Last of Star Wars"
Editor’s note: Contains plot description and minor spoilers, but nowhere near enough to ruin the film for you! The Mountain Between Us (directed by Hany Abu-Assad) is romantic thriller that manages to incorporate both emotion and humour. We became so passionately invested in the two main characters that we were forced through their emotional journeys […]Read more "‘The Mountain Between Us’ — A Summary"