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…

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…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Small Engine Repair (2021)

Writer-director John Pollono’s off-Broadway play, Small Engine Repair, has been on the brink of getting made into a movie for almost a decade. Having finally gotten off the ground, it’s not your typical stage-to-screen conversion. Yes, it feels tight – almost claustrophobic – but its…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Wildfire (2021)

Wildfire is one of those films that succeeds on a micro-level. From scene to scene, it is packed with raw emotionality and scarily believable hysteria. When you begin to zoom out and look at the bigger picture, everything becomes less acutely focused and slightly more…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Nest (2021)

All stories operate on two levels. There’s the dramatic level, which concerns if the film is well constructed; how tight is the structure, are the audience engaged and compelled, does it function as a piece of drama? It’s more about narrative function and design than…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Your Color (2021)

Living abroad is an opportunity too good to pass up. Moving away from your childhood home and renting an apartment with your best friend is the stuff so many people fantasise about; the freedom, the boundless choices, and the never-ending party of the rest of…

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REVIEW: John and the Hole (2021)

Creepy kids and disturbed teens have long been fodder for Hollywood. From We Need to Talk About Kevin to Heavenly Creatures to The Snowtown Murders, writers and directors have been using that awkward foray into adolescence as a trigger point for dark and dangerous behaviour….

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…

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REVIEW: Broken Diamonds (2021)

The thing about so many ‘mental health movies’ is that they ultimately resort to extreme examples of behaviours or situations in order to build and maintain drama. But, for so many people with mental health issues, there isn’t anything particularly cinematic about the day to…

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REVIEW: I Never Cry (2021)

If you live within the UK, you’ll have no doubt seen more than a handful of inflammatory headlines about Eastern European migrant workers. Whilst much of the skewed narrative centres around the jobs they are “taking”, very little is said about the harsh realities of…

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REVIEW: Pig (2021)

Nicolas Cage running on a wild-goose chase after his beloved truffle-hunting pig. Standing on its bonkers premise alone, Pig would have already been something. Alas, what starts as yet another genre film unravels into a moving exploration of how perpetuated patterns of masculinity stand in…

Drama, Film Reviews, Hulu, Thriller

REVIEW: False Positive (2021)

It’s almost impossible to not associate Ilana Glazer with the slacker, New York sitcom Broad City — a show which she created with her best friend Abbi Jacobson. But in A24 and Hulu’s atmospheric horror False Positive, the actor-writer proves that she’s not just a…