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…

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REVIEW: Handsome (2021)

Luke White’s new documentary, Handsome, follows two brothers, Nick and Alex who visit various locations across the world talking to siblings where one of the two, like Alex, lives with Down’s Syndrome. Opening with a frank admission that Nick used to be ashamed of his…

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REVIEW: The Meaning of Hitler (2021)

There have been hundreds, if not thousands, of World War Two books and documentaries over the past seven decades. Nearly a century after the fact, we are still utterly fascinated by the events which pushed humanity to the brink. From books by Hannah Arendt to…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Netflix

REVIEW: Pray Away (2021)

Hopefully you are lucky enough never to have encountered conversion therapy in real life. However you might have seen it depicted on screen as it’s been the subject of several queer films over the years. Jamie Babbit’s late nineties rom-com But I’m a Cheerleader takes…

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REVIEW: Kid Candidate (2021)

Up until, ahem, recently, “joke” candidates seemed to be the reserve of British politics. We’ve had everything from Count Binface to H’Angus the Monkey; The No Fruit Out of Context Party to the Monster Raving Looney Party. All of whom stood, in some way, to…

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REVIEW: Mary J. Blige – My Life (2021)

With a career spanning three decades, thirteen studio albums and a wealth of awards,  Mary J. Blige is one of the undisputed first ladies of Hip Hop and RnB. In 1994, after exploding onto the scene in 1991 with What’s The 411, Blige followed up…