Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Monday (2021)

Modern romantic dramas are few and far between, so I tend to lap each one up like John Mills drinking the beer at the end of Ice Cold in Alex. I prefer romantic dramas to rom-coms, but we don’t get many and those we do get…

Comedy, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Stealing Chaplin (2021)

In March 1978, one of the most famous cases of “body-snatching” took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, when two men decided to dig up the body of silent movie icon, Charlie Chaplin, requesting a ransom of $600,000 for his safe return. It is this moment in…

Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: The Banishing (2021)

Borley Rectory is a name that lives in infamy in the UK and has birthed countless books and films, after being given the moniker of The Most Haunted House in England by ‘psychic researcher’ Harry Price. Price becomes the character Harry Reed (Sean Harris) in…

Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: Jakob’s Wife (2021)

The potential horrors of married life are on full display before first blood is even drawn in Travis Stevens’ ever so slightly fresh bite at the vampire genre, Jakob’s Wife. Familiar faces of scare-fests, Barbara Crampton and Bob Portal play Anne and pastor Jakob Fedder;…

Film Reviews, War

REVIEW: The Eight Hundred (2021)

The Second Sino-Japanese War and how it evolved into the Pacific’s involvement in WWII has largely, criminally been left out of the history curriculum in the UK. Beyond Pearl Harbour, you would be forgiven for lacking awareness of the Chinese and Japanese conflict that inflicted…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Goodbye, Butterfly (2021)

How far is too far when a child has been lost? In the wake of his young daughter’s abduction and brutal murder, a grieving father becomes fixated with an oddball neighbour who he believes committed the crime in Tyler Wayne’s schlocky thriller Goodbye, Butterfly.  The…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cowboys (BFI Flare 2021)

When it comes to trans visibility, mainstream entertainment narratives have a tendency to lean towards showcasing adults’ stories. This then leaves a gaping hole when it comes to stories of young people navigating their gender identity, unfortunately unconsciously feeding into this belief that children are…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Language Lessons (SXSW 2021)

For most of 2020, filmmakers have been bashing their heads against a wall trying to figure out how to make a movie in the midst of a global pandemic. Traditional sets require safety measures that are cost prohibitive for many independent film productions, so the…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Sequin in a Blue Room (2021)

First time director Samuel Van Grinsven’s debut feature Sequin in a Blue Room is a gay hook up thriller that aims to tell a queer coming of age story through the lens of a digital age of communication, largely unique to the latest generation of…