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…

Drama, Film Reviews

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…

Drama, Film Reviews

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…

Drama, Film Reviews

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…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Sweet Thing (2021)

Putting nails underneath car wheels, Christmas presents wrapped in tinfoil and a stolen gun – none of these things are particularly sweet, but the opposite can be said for the wonderful Billie and Nico, a brother and sister who deserve the world but have only…

Drama, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Les Nôtres (2021)

Les Nôtres is a mystery that faces great difficulties when it comes to deciding where its priorities lie. It starts off strong, as a brooding character piece that examines the psyche of a pregnant teenager who feels vulnerable and afraid, but begins to lose its…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Songs For a Sloth (2021)

Death (or grief) can do strange things to a person. It can make you lash out; it can make you hyper organised; it can make even the most basic of tasks feel draining. It doesn’t usually, however, make you conjure up a talking sloth with…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: What Lies West (2021)

What is there to do in the summer holidays if you have a protective mother and a superficial babysitter? Arguably not a first choice for the average teenage girl, but sometimes the best remedy is a naturalistic hike across the state. This is exactly the…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Holler (2021)

Everything in Holler is faded, like an old photograph. It’s not only clear that this town’s glory days are well in the rearview mirror: it’s hard to imagine a time when it was ever thriving in the first place. This is an utterly decimated vision…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Dream Horse (2021)

Everyone loves an underdog. Whether it’s cheering through the Rocky franchise, rooting for The Mighty Ducks, or tearing up during The Pursuit of Happyness – it’s simply human nature to relish seeing the status quo usurped in favour of the little guy. Be they the…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Milkwater (2021)

Watching your family and friends excel in their professional and personal lives whilst seemingly stuck stationery in your own is a similarly terrifying and exhausting feeling, and it’s this specific concoction of existential dread that writer and director Morgan Ingari’s feature length debut, Milkwater hones…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Drunk Bus (2021)

Being sober in a sea of drunk people is a horrible feeling. The raucous excitement, slurred enthusiasm and general lack of control that partiers have is all the more obnoxious to someone who’s not inebriated themselves. It’s made even more laborious, however, when you are…