Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Small Time (2021)

The world is, often, an incredibly confusing place. And that’s just for us adults. Being a child and trying to navigate the seemingly endless societal decay must be frightening and disorientating. How much of the world around them to children absorb? At what age –…

Drama, Film Reviews, War

REVIEW: The Drummer (2021)

Danny Glover headlines The Drummer, a sobering indie drama depicting the struggles of U.S soldiers deployed in the wake of 9/11. Directed and co-written by Eric Werthman, this well-intentioned film presents a haunting portrait of trauma through three interwoven stories; while also touching on activism…

Drama, Film Fest 919, Film Reviews

REVIEW: C’mon C’mon (Film Fest 919)

There are nearly countless films that have covered the trials and tribulations of parenthood, running the gamut from “being a parent is impossible” to “raising a child is the greatest gift of all.” Mike Mills’ latest effort, C’mon C’mon, treads this ground and comes away…

Drama, LFF 2021

REVIEW: Boiling Point (LFF 2021)

Christmas in a restaurant can be hell at the best of times, especially for staff,  easily being one of the busiest times of the year, add in a ferocious performance from Stephen Graham and a one-shot journey across the restaurant and you have quite the…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Subject (2021)

Documentary filmmakers are often the voice that is never heard; the face that is never seen. They are there – as the genre suggests – to simply document what is going on in front of them. But what if what they capture has a profound…

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….

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Held For Ransom (2021)

There was a period of time where videos of the Islamic State or Daesh beheading foreign hostages made the headlines and front pages on an almost daily basis. The terror group – whom many had never heard of until these videos – seemed to spring…

Drama, Film Reviews, LFF 2021

REVIEW: King Richard (LFF 2021)

When I say ‘representation matters’, these are words that I do not take lightly. It’s not just to be ‘seen and heard’. True equality comes from the value we contribute and the respect gained through opportunities that get us a seat at the table. It’s…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Bergman Island (2021)

Ingmar Bergman has the kind of iconic status reserved for a rarefied few – he is perhaps regarded as chief among the European masters which includes names such as Godard, Fellini, Antonioni, Truffaut, Renoir and Cocteau. A kind of cult has grown up amongst Bergman’s…

Biopic, Drama, Film Reviews, Period

REVIEW: The Souvenir Part II (2021)

[This review contains fairly detailed discussion of all parts of the film – avoid if you don’t want to be ‘spoiled’] Director Joanna Hogg‘s highly personal tale of a young film student’s first serious relationship – 2019’s The Souvenir – was one of the best…

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…