Documentary, Film Reviews, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Becoming Led Zeppelin (Venice 2021)

Bernard MacMahon’s officially sanctioned documentary Becoming Led Zeppelin is an amusing and indulgent, highly conventional ode to the band’s ‘supergroup’ origins. Featuring commentary from bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page – with late drummer John Bonham appearing through historical radio interviews…

Drama, Film Reviews, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Sundown (Venice 2021)

Neil Bennett is bored – bored of his holiday, bored of his family, bored of just about everything. Played by Tim Roth, he’s a man who shrugs off just about anything that comes his way. His indifference is often infuriatingly tragic – the placable man…

Film Reviews, Horror, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Last Night in Soho (Venice 2021)

Edgar Wright, acclaimed cult director of Baby Driver and Hot Fuzz fame, directs Last Night In Soho with a breezy smoothness, but this vibrant, pulpy horror is disappointingly toothless. In contemporary Cornwall, naive and fresh faced 18 year old Eloise ‘Ellie’ Turner (Thomasin McKenzie) is standing…

Drama, Film Reviews, Venice 2021

REVIEW: The Lost Daughter (Venice 2021)

Olivia Colman gives a staggering performance in The Lost Daughter as the tempestuous and downright prickly Leda Caruso – a middle-aged comparative literature professor ‘enjoying’ a working holiday at a beautiful Greek getaway. But joy doesn’t seem to be part of Leda’s vocabulary. Backing herself…

Film Reviews, Horror, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Halloween Kills (Venice 2021)

Michael Myers is back with a vengeance. Again. Just like the last time… and the one before that. Halloween Kills takes us back to the ill-fated town of Haddonfield, Illinois. But this time, the townsfolk are prepared. Laurie Strode, played once again by Jamie Lee…

Biopic, Film Reviews, Historical, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Spencer (Venice 2021)

Kristen Stewart packs a powerhouse performance in Spencer – Pablo Larrain’s extravagant tale based on the life of Diana Princess of Wales. But if you thought Spencer was little more than a character study of the People’s Princess, think again. Instead, Larrain has made something…

Film Reviews, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Les Promesses (Venice 2021)

Absolute power corrupts absolutely in Les Promesses a biting political thriller that isn’t afraid to move, but one with a few too many moving parts. A Parisian mayor, Clemence (Isabelle Huppert) formed her campaign around integrity and honesty, around the idea that she would serve…

Film Reviews, Sci-Fi, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Dune (Venice 2021)

“He who controls the spice controls the universe.” There are certain movies that are special to sci-fi fans. Alien, Blade Runner and Moon to name just a few. The original Dune is up there, too – with a long legacy based on Frank Herbert’s original…