LFF 2019

Hidden Gems Screening at 2019’s London Film Festival

After the big programme announcement on the 29th August, the hype for 2019’s BFI London Film Festival truly began, and the programme is certainly packed with some amazing films this year. Whilst the big draws such as The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, The Lighthouse and Knives…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Lion King (2019)

There is officially nothing that can stop the Disney remake train as it steamrolls through a large portion of its beloved back catalogue, and with plenty more where that came from. Back when the “live action” remakes first started, I’d always considered The Lion King…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Queen’s Corgi (2019)

References to hard drug-taking, scenes of underground dog fighting, jokes about sexual assault and suicide. No this isn’t a racy adult comedy or a hard-hitting drama, this is, in fact, some of the horribly misguided material that makes an appearance in The Queen’s Corgi. Billed…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: Diego Maradona

In a relatively short period of time, Asif Kapadia has made something of a name for himself in the world of documentary filmmaking. His previous films, Senna (2010) and Amy (2015) were astonishing pieces of work and both incredibly well received. Kapadia has a remarkable…

Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: Blinded By The Light (2019)

The movie musical seems to be thriving at the moment, and in these tumultuous political times, who is really going to complain about experiencing the escapism and joy that only a film of this genre can bring? Director Gurinder Chadha describes her latest film as…

TV, TV Reviews

REVIEW: Black Mirror – Season 5, Episode 2: Smithereens

Sometimes the scariest and most powerful episodes of Black Mirror are the ones which feel horrifyingly grounded in reality, and that is certainly the case with Smithereens; a tight and self-contained hostage thriller that features an absolute powerhouse performance from Andrew Scott. Chris (played by…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Boldly going where so many other video game adaptations have tried and failed before, the tarnished sub-genre has now placed its hopes in a bright yellow electric mouse, and a multi-billion dollar media franchise. If you were a kid of the 1990s, then chances are…

Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Late great film critic Roger Ebert described this film as “an ideological mess” upon its release in 1971, and indeed the panning of this film and its subsequent controversy means that it is a film whose reputation still very much precedes it, even now, some…

Film Reviews, Films

REVIEW: Split (2016)

Arguably the master of the movie twist, director M. Night Shyamalan delivered possibly the most unexpected twist of all at the end of Split; one that nobody saw coming. In the closing moments, it was revealed that Split did in fact exist in the same…

TV, TV Reviews

REVIEW: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Having been a fan of Black Mirror since it’s humble 3 episode series’ on Channel 4, I have been delighted to watch it blossom into a genuine modern television phenomenon. Now on its new home on Netflix, Charlie Brooker’s terrifying technology themed mini masterpieces have…