Animation, Disney+, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Luca (2021)

The eighth of March 2020 is a day that lives in my own personal infamy – I went to the cinema and watched two movies – the Sad-Dad Ben Affleck opus The Way Back (and what a year he’s had since) and Pixar’s Onward. A…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: A Crime on the Bayou (2021)

It’s fair to say that divisions and racial tensions in America are every bit as palpable as they were back in 1966, the year Nancy Buirski’s documentary reflects upon. There might not be Jim Crow or (official) segregation, but there is George Floyd and Breonna…

Latest Reviews

Animation, Disney+, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Luca (2021)

The eighth of March 2020 is a day that lives in my own personal infamy – I went to the cinema and watched two movies – the Sad-Dad Ben Affleck opus The Way Back (and what a year he’s had since) and Pixar’s Onward. A…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: A Crime on the Bayou (2021)

It’s fair to say that divisions and racial tensions in America are every bit as palpable as they were back in 1966, the year Nancy Buirski’s documentary reflects upon. There might not be Jim Crow or (official) segregation, but there is George Floyd and Breonna…

Drama, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Les Nôtres (2021)

Les Nôtres is a mystery that faces great difficulties when it comes to deciding where its priorities lie. It starts off strong, as a brooding character piece that examines the psyche of a pregnant teenager who feels vulnerable and afraid, but begins to lose its…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Songs For a Sloth (2021)

Death (or grief) can do strange things to a person. It can make you lash out; it can make you hyper organised; it can make even the most basic of tasks feel draining. It doesn’t usually, however, make you conjure up a talking sloth with…

Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Queen of Spades (2021)

There is a type of horror movie released in the last decade or so, that feels cheaply made, but not as in it has a low budget. These movies usually have a young cast, of teenagers or twenty-somethings, and have the exact same half-baked stereotypical…

Latest Features

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…

Features, Interviews

How We Made True History of the Kelly Gang

After premiering at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019 and moving onto Glasgow Film Festival in February 2020, True History of the Kelly Gang was finally released in the US on April 24, 2020 (exactly a year ago). Unfortunately this release was on VOD…

Features

The Monsterverse and its Lack of Compelling Human Characters

WARNING: This contains spoilers to the Monsterverse films: Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). There’s a clever ode to Planet of the Apes in Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong, the fourth film in Legendary’s…

Features

Low-Key but Legit: The Wondrous Women of Bong Joon-ho

For Asian women of the past, present and future. *Contains spoilers for some of Bong Joon-ho’s films. “Stop!” shouts Officer Kwon Kwi-ok (Ko Seo-hie) with all her might to get her male colleagues to focus on the radio playing Sad Letter, a song the killer…

Latest Interviews

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,…

Interviews

Interview: ‘Dinner In America’ Star Kyle Gallner

[This interview originally featured in Issue #3 of our digital magazine] From the inside of his car, Kyle Gallner laughs about how it’s been tough finding an acting job during a global pandemic, which seems fair although hard to believe when talking to someone with…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Oscar-Nominated Composer Volker Bertelmann on his Film & TV Career

Since being Oscar-nominated for his score for Lion in 2017, Volker Bertelmann has become a prolific composer of film and television scores including: 2017 – 5 films/TV shows including: The Current War (dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) – our review TV BBC/HBO: Gunpowder (creators: Ronan Bennett, Daniel…

Apple TV+, Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Ted Lasso’ Hair & Makeup Designer Nicky Austin

Apple TV’s Ted Lasso has captured the hearts of several locked-down nations and provided that comforting cuppa tea and baby-pink box of homemade shortbread that we’ve all sorely needed in the last year or so. The costumes, hair and make up all combine to help…

Apple TV+, Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Ted Lasso’ Costume Designer Jacky Levy

Apple TV+’s award-winning series Ted Lasso unexpectedly captured the heart of the nation when it aired during lockdown last year. The endearing tale of a small-time American football coach hired to coach the struggling English team AFC Richmond quickly trended on social media, due to…

Apple TV+, Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Servant’ Costume Designer Caroline Duncan

They can be a lot to take in — the twists and turns, ordinary and otherwise, that creators Tony Basgallop and M. Night Shyamalan have planted in the Apple TV+ psychological horror show Servant, now in its second season and is focusing on Dorothy (Lauren…

Apple TV+, Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Servant’ Production Designer Naaman Marshall

How’s this for a M. Night Shyamalan twist: The Philadelphia in Servant is not exactly Philadelphia. In the Apple TV+ series from Tony Basgallop and Shyamalan himself, the world is reduced to the four walls and four floors of the brownstone where the Turners (Lauren…