Film Reviews, Foreign

REVIEW: Eyimofe (2021)

In the vibrant, bustling streets of Lagos, nothing comes easily or cheaply; the relentless nature of life and all its obstacles shapes this quietly stirring debut by Nigerian twin-brother directors Arie and Chuko Esiri. Eyimofe (This is my Desire) follows the loosely intertwined lives of…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Mama Weed (2021)

Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert turns her hand to the drug trade in director Jean-Paul Salomé’s Paris-set dramedy Mama Weed (La Daronne). As a police interpreter who uses her insider knowledge to become a drug kingpin, Huppert elevates what is an average, albeit entertaining, crime…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Mary J. Blige – My Life (2021)

With a career spanning three decades, thirteen studio albums and a wealth of awards,  Mary J. Blige is one of the undisputed first ladies of Hip Hop and RnB. In 1994, after exploding onto the scene in 1991 with What’s The 411, Blige followed up…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Dream Horse (2021)

Everyone loves an underdog. Whether it’s cheering through the Rocky franchise, rooting for The Mighty Ducks, or tearing up during The Pursuit of Happyness – it’s simply human nature to relish seeing the status quo usurped in favour of the little guy. Be they the…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Four Good Days (2021)

Based on Journalist Eli Saslow’s 2016 Washington Post article “How’s Amanda? A Story of Truth, Lies and an American Addiction” and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, Four Good Days sees Glenn Close as a mother attempting to shepherd her daughter through crucial days of recovery from…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Goodbye, Butterfly (2021)

How far is too far when a child has been lost? In the wake of his young daughter’s abduction and brutal murder, a grieving father becomes fixated with an oddball neighbour who he believes committed the crime in Tyler Wayne’s schlocky thriller Goodbye, Butterfly.  The…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Netflix

REVIEW: Bad Trip (2021)

Hidden camera comedy is an enduring genre. On TV, kids of the noughties will remember the heyday of MTV’s Punk’d, with extra points to anyone who enjoyed Hell Date. In film, this has most recognisably appeared through Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat; an outlandish character let…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Silk Road (2021)

It’s the grizzled old cop versus the rebellious tech wunderkind in Tiller Russell’s dark web thriller Silk Road – based on the true story of Ross Ulbricht, the 27-year-old who created and operated a darknet market site that became “Amazon for drugs” in 2011 and…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Sophie Jones (2021)

Grief, girlhood and growing up form an intriguing mix in this intimate indie drama that serves as the directorial debut from Jessie Barr. Sophie Jones follows a sixteen-year-old mourning the loss of her mother while being in the throes of teenage sexual awakening and explores…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘My Name is Pedro’ Director Lillian LaSalle

Lillian LaSalle is an award-winning producer and president of Sweet 180, a New York based management and production company. LaSalle is the producer of several feature films including Loggerheads, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and Sweet Land, which won the Independent…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Latest

REVIEW: My Name is Pedro (2021)

The power of a teacher who believes in their pupils is a familiar, inspiring Hollywood go-to. From Miss Honey in Matilda, Dr. Larabee in Akeelah & The Bee, to one of Robin Williams most iconic roles as Mr Keating in Dead Poets Society. These are…