Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Best Sellers (2021)

Apparently everybody would just love to be berated and abused by a churlish old Englishman who constantly sports a sour expression. In the world of American cinema, all nasty, ornery gaffers should be indulged at every turn because their antics are supposed to be hilarious….

Comedy, Film Reviews, International Film, Romance

REVIEW: I’m Your Man (2021)

For some reason, a small subset of cinephiles feel duty bound to turn against any slightly whimsical foreign language film that becomes a surprise hit in English speaking markets. Financial successes like Amélie (2001) tend to be dismissed as pretentious, twee exercises in emotional manipulation….

Comedy, Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: The Beta Test (2021)

Previously we’ve seen actor-director Jim Cummings attempting to navigate a custody battle whilst processing his own grief in his breakthrough feature Thunder Road, then he went on to confront his daddy issues and catch a murderous werewolf in his follow up effort, The Wolf of…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Falling For Figaro (2021)

Falling for Figaro is one of those formulaic trifles that almost dares you not to refer to it as Madame Sousatzka (1988) meets The Cutting Edge (1992). There is never a point where it aims to surprise or even build up anticipation for the predictable plot…

Comedy, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Queenpins (2021)

Everyone loves making a saving. But for two best friends, penny-pinching turns into a multi-million dollar counterfeit coupon scheme. Written and directed by husband and wife team Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, Queenpins takes a cool cast and ambitiously attempts not one, but two buddy…

Comedy, Film Reviews

REVIEW: People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan (2021)

“Kurupt FM. The rest are irrelevant.” The Kurupt FM boys have had quite a journey. From humble beginnings uploading episodes to their YouTube channel to getting picked up by BBC Three and enjoying a five-series run (27 episodes from 2014 – 2018), winning a BAFTA…

Comedy, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Free Guy (2021)

Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) as Guy, a normal bank teller in the chaotic Free City. However, he soon learns that he’s actually a background character in a violent open world video game. This was another film that was delayed due to the COVID…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Ride the Eagle (2021)

Through writing and starring in Digging for Fire (2015), Win it All (2017) and starring in Drinking Buddies (2013), all directed by Joe Swanberg; as well as Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), directed by Colin Trevorrow – Jake Johnson has established and maintained his schlubby manchild…

Comedy, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Bye Bye Morons (2021)

You couldn’t blame somebody for expressing puzzlement over the fact that Bye Bye Morons (2020), a zany, lightweight comedy, managed to win seven César Awards. Perhaps the French love their farces more than most, but it’s hard to imagine a world in which this was…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Too Late (2021)

From Miranda Priestly to Darth Vader to Michael Scott, bosses are a well-documented presence in the world of cinema and television. Across all workplaces, the power imbalance between employee and employer is a delicate and interesting dynamic, eliciting a sense of familiarity no matter how…

Comedy, Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Werewolves Within (2021)

Never as consistently popular as vampires, werewolves have long been the underdog (pun entirely intended) of the horror world. However, their moon seems to be rising and the cycle returning in their favour – with Jim Cummings’ The Wolf of Snow Hollow which came out…