Action & Adventure, Disney+, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Jungle Cruise (2021)

As one ride ends, another begins. It might be the cousin wanting to line up for the Mad Tea Party after disembarking Splash Mountain. Or, in this case, it might be Disney handing its flagship action-adventure attraction-based baton from Pirates of the Caribbean to Jungle…

Fantasy, Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: The Green Knight (2021)

Medieval Knights, especially Arthurian ones of the Round Table, come with certain expected traits – honour, loyalty, chivalry, heroism, bravery… and Sir Gawain of the original epic poem is no exception. You may be surprised then, by the Gawain you find in David Lowery’s new…

Netflix, TV Reviews

TV REVIEW: Kingdom – Ashin of the North (2021)

It’s not only the undead populating Kingdom’s Joseon who have a craving for blood and guts. For two seasons now, members of the Haewon Cho clan have proven themselves to be the scarier ghouls — also drawn to carnage, but never thoughtlessly or rampantly. Just…

Latest Reviews

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Ride the Eagle (2021)

Through writing and starring in Digging for Fire (2015), Win it All (2017) and starring in Drinking Buddies (2013), all directed by Joe Swanberg; as well as Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), directed by Colin Trevorrow – Jake Johnson has established and maintained his schlubby manchild…

Action & Adventure, Disney+, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Jungle Cruise (2021)

As one ride ends, another begins. It might be the cousin wanting to line up for the Mad Tea Party after disembarking Splash Mountain. Or, in this case, it might be Disney handing its flagship action-adventure attraction-based baton from Pirates of the Caribbean to Jungle…

Fantasy, Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: The Green Knight (2021)

Medieval Knights, especially Arthurian ones of the Round Table, come with certain expected traits – honour, loyalty, chivalry, heroism, bravery… and Sir Gawain of the original epic poem is no exception. You may be surprised then, by the Gawain you find in David Lowery’s new…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Here After (2021)

There is no good way to start this one, I’m afraid, as one could turn Here After back to front and still not find much worth highlighting. Cristina Ricci comes to mind, being the promotional team’s royal flush, but is barely in it for more…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

A cosy romance may be the last thing you would expect as a follow up to the hedonistic Never Goin Back (2018) from director Augustine Frizzell, but it’s good that a new director is already showing range, especially when you consider that she’s also directed…

Film Reviews, Films, Horror, Thriller

REVIEW: Old (2021)

A mind-twister, indeed, when strange things of the M. Night Shyamalan kind also exist beyond Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Entranced and thus inspired by the premise of the graphic novel Sandcastle written by Pierre-Oscar Lévy and drawn by Frederick Peeters, Old sees the filmmaker travel to…

Film Reviews, Films, Horror

REVIEW: Kandisha (2021)

It was a shock to the system to realise how, before the yet-set rollout of their novel and anticipated The Deep House, French filmmaking duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury have another film for horror fans — Kandisha. Perhaps with the extreme brains behind the…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Broken Diamonds (2021)

The thing about so many ‘mental health movies’ is that they ultimately resort to extreme examples of behaviours or situations in order to build and maintain drama. But, for so many people with mental health issues, there isn’t anything particularly cinematic about the day to…

Latest Features

Features, Musical

Spectacular Spectacular – ‘Moulin Rouge!’ at 20

At the very first Moulin Rouge test screening, 20th Century Fox did not tell the audience that the film was a musical. Studio executives were worried. Looking back, it feels impossible that anyone would have worried about Moulin Rouge. It was the final installment of…

Features

Hampton v Hollywood

As ever, this year’s Academy Awards consisted of a strange celebration of trauma from the perspective of the elite, from the trial of Brock Turner in Promising Young Woman to the murder of George Floyd in Two Distant Strangers. The collective agony of the masses…

Features

It’s Called Fashion, Look it Up!

As today is the first Monday in May, we should be enjoying the red carpet photographs from the Met Gala, one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Unfortunately last year’s event, which had one of the most exciting sounding concepts in years –…

Features

The Queer Question Mark – Should Straight Actors Play Gay?

In a welcome change of pace, the 93rd Academy Award nominations featured some of the most diverse choices in recent Oscar history. However, the acting nominations continued to contribute to a well-established trend, namely straight performers being nominated for their portrayals of queer characters. Some…

Latest Interviews

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Host’ Writer/Director Rob Savage and Co-Writer/Producer Jed Shepherd

[This interview was first published in Issue 2 (Sept. 2020) of our Patreon digital magazine] One of the biggest stories about the summer of 2020 will undoubtedly be the unexpected breakout of horror film Host. Host focuses on six friends, who are unable to meet…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘The World to Come’ Director Mona Fastvold

The World to Come is set in the remote and rural Upstate New York in the 1850s and examines what happens when grief-stricken couple Abigail (Katherine Waterston) and Dyer (Casey Affleck) get new neighbours – Tallie (Vanessa Kirby) and Finney (Christopher Abbott). We met with…

Disney+, Interviews, Superhero

INTERVIEW: ‘Falcon & the Winter Soldier’ Composer Henry Jackman

Following on from the success of the Marvel Disney Plus show The Falcon And Winter Soldier, JumpCut are delighted to speak with composer Henry Jackman about his career to date and what it was like to revisit these characters and themes following his scores for…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Bố Già’ Lead Actor and American Distributor

Bố might be già, but he’s in his prime at the box office. In the U.S., the made-in-Vietnam comedy-drama Bố Già (lit. “Old Dad,” but it’s Dad, I’m Sorry in international markets) is a hit, breaching the $1 million mark on June 15. JumpCut Online…

Comedy, Horror, Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Werewolves Within’ Director Josh Ruben and Writer Mishna Wolff

Director Josh Ruben What attracted to you to the project – were you aware of the game first or did you read the script first? I wasn’t aware of the game, but the script came to me via the producers Natalie Metzger and Matt Miller,…

Hulu, Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘False Positive’ Writer-Director John Lee

The complicated nature of pregnancy and gaslighting play a big part in Hulu and A24’s atmospheric horror False Positive. Directed by John Lee and co-written by Ilana Glazer and Lee himself, the movie tells the story of a wife named Lucy (Glazer) whose dream to…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Emmy-Winning Composer Nathan Barr on ‘Halston’ and his TV Career

Nathan Barr is a prolific composer of scores for both film and television. His film scores include The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018) and The Turning, Uncle Frank and The Hunt (all from 2020). His work for television includes; True Blood, Hemlock…

Interviews, Tribeca Film Festival

TRIBECA INTERVIEW: ‘Kata’ Director James Latimer

Appearance can only tell a fraction of the story, and it’s a notion wholly applicable to Kata, a martial arts short from Japan-based filmmaker James Latimer currently showing at Tribeca in the “Go Big” programme. The seven-minute work is, like Bart Layton’s docudrama American Animals,…