Film Reviews, War, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Journey’s End (2018)

Based on the play by RC Sherriff, which will be familiar to many British school students, this film has just opened to a limited release in the US and I was lucky enough to find a showing of it. As someone who has taught WWI…

Film Reviews, Romance, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Love, Simon (2018)

2017 was a banner year for LGBQT cinema, with prestige pictures such as ‘Call Me By Your Name‘, ‘God’s Own Country’, ‘Beach Rats’, ‘A Fantastic Woman‘, ‘BPM’, ‘Princess Cyd’ and ‘Professor Marston & the Wonder Women’ all doing extremely well critically and at various awards…

Crime, Drama, Film Reviews, Sci-Fi, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Mute (2018)

When I heard a new Duncan Jones film was coming to Netflix, I was excited. I loved both ‘Moon’ and ‘Source Code’ and it looked like ‘Mute’ would also have a sci-fi/futuristic element. When I saw the trailer, it looked even more up my street…

Drama, Film Reviews, Romance, Z - 2018

REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Well, we’ve finally reached the conclusion of the filthy film trilogy and I don’t know where to begin telling you about it. I still maintain that the first film (directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson) was pretty good and holds up to re-watches. However, the subsequent two…

Film Reviews, Z - 2018

REVIEW: The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

So, yesterday (Sunday) afternoon/evening, excitement in the USA was reaching fever pitch. It was the Super Bowl, which means even if you’re not interested in sport, you still get half-time entertainment and perhaps even more thrillingly – trailers for big upcoming ‘event’ movies. Speculation about…

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Fiona’s 2018 Oscars Round Up

Written by Fiona Underhill For the first time ever I have seen all nine Best Picture nominees a full month before the Academy Awards ceremony on 4th March (living in LA has its advantages). So, I thought I’d take this chance to give you my…

Film Reviews, Musical, Z - 2017

REVIEW: The Greatest Showman (2017)

Perhaps it is fitting to conclude 2017 with a film simultaneously both awful and fantastic. Truly dreadful wigs, bizarre CGI, catchy songs, Zac & Zendaya – ‘The Greatest Showman’ really does have it all. A passion project of Hugh Jackman’s; this movie has been in…

Drama, Film Reviews, Z - 2017

REVIEW: Call Me By Your Name (2017)

I can’t promise that this is going to be my most coherent review, dear reader, because I’m still totally overwhelmed by the experience of watching this stunning film. Almost 24 hours later, I cannot get it out of my head and images keep washing over…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Z - 2017

REVIEW: Lady Bird (2018)

Greta Gerwig is primarily known for her ‘auteur-muse’ relationship with director Noah Baumbach, which has produced such gems as ‘Frances Ha’, ‘Mistress America’ and ‘Greenberg’. I have also enjoyed watching her in the role of Natalie Portman’s best friend in the diverse ‘No Strings Attached’…

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REVIEW: Stronger (2017)

To be honest, by far the main reason I went to see this film was the live Q&A afterwards with Jake Gyllenhaal. This film hadn’t massively appealed to me beforehand (apart from my love for Jake) because it did seem to be that classic “able-bodied…

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REVIEW: Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Co-directed by the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ helmers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ has come out of the festival circuit and probably has hopes of Oscar potential. This film tells the true story of Billie-Jean King (played by Emma Stone here), the…