Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Nest (2021)

All stories operate on two levels. There’s the dramatic level, which concerns if the film is well constructed; how tight is the structure, are the audience engaged and compelled, does it function as a piece of drama? It’s more about narrative function and design than…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Drunk Bus (2021)

Being sober in a sea of drunk people is a horrible feeling. The raucous excitement, slurred enthusiasm and general lack of control that partiers have is all the more obnoxious to someone who’s not inebriated themselves. It’s made even more laborious, however, when you are…

Film Reviews, Latest, Western

REVIEW: Tyger Tyger (2021)

Set during a pandemic but shot before COVID, Kerry Mondragon’s feature debut Tyger Tyger is an ambitious fantasy drama that tries to explore how powerfully liberating connection can be in times of hardship, but choppy filmmaking undercuts its intended emotional impact. Mondragon wants to investigate…

Features, Latest

2020: The Year of the Writer

The lack of studio output in 2020 meant smaller, more personal stories had a bigger moment in the spotlight, and in many of them the creative process was explored in unique, twisty ways. Josephine Decker’s Shirley unpicks the messy topic of creative inspiration around Gothic-writer…

Features, Latest

The Turbulence of Young Friendships in Film

Films about young friendship are often tinged with nostalgia. There is a palpable sense that the filmmakers are looking back, idealistically or critically, at how things used to be, or even projecting how they wished things were. As an art form, movies have the ability…