Comedy, Film Reviews, Latest, Sci-Fi

REVIEW: Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020)

As someone who was a kid when the first two Bill & Ted movies came out, I’m pretty much the exact target audience for this sequel, being released almost thirty years after the last (and best) installment. I have mixed feelings about these nostalgic sequels and remakes/reboots,…

Drama, Fantasy, Film Reviews, Foreign, Latest, VOD

REVIEW: Entwined (2020)

Greek and Roman mythology has been having something of a moment in cinema recently, with Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Orpheus and Eurydice), The Lighthouse (Proteus and Prometheus) and the much lesser known British independent film The Isle, which blended the Scottish folklore of…

Drama, Film Reviews, Films, Foreign, Latest, VOD

REVIEW: African Violet (2020)

It’s fantastic to see women film directors from the Middle East finally getting the chance to tell their own stories, with their own voices and those stories gaining international attention. The most prominent recent examples are probably the groundbreaking Persepolis (2007), directed by Iranian Marjane…

Apple TV+, Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Boys State (2020)

You would be forgiven, given the current state of things, in thinking that the last thing you want to watch right now is an American political documentary. I was certainly resistant, as I’m rarely in the mood to want to be enraged, depressed or terrified…

Comedy, Film Reviews, VOD

REVIEW: I Used to Go Here (2020)

The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there… They say you should never go back, but this is not advice heeded by 35 year old Kate (Gillian Jacobs), the protagonist of Kris Rey’s new film, I Used to Go Here. She has…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Made in Italy (2020)

There is a fine tradition of “American women find themselves in Italy” films, from Only You (1994), Stealing Beauty (1996), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and Chasing Liberty (2004) to Eat Pray Love and Letters to Juliet (both 2010) but less films about men doing…

Interviews, Latest

INTERVIEW: ‘Summerland’ Director Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale is a playwright and theatre director, known for her plays Blue Stockings, Thomas Tallis and Nell Gwynn and adaptations including The Secret Garden, Far From the Madding Crowd and Sense and Sensibility. Summerland is her feature film debut. We discussed making the transition from theatre…