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…

Biopic, Film Reviews, LFF 2021

REVIEW: Belfast (LFF 2021)

A triumphant personal return to form for Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh has been an acclaimed stage and screen actor for over three decades but his directorial efforts have been much more hit and miss. However, he has remarkably directed 21 films and while the early…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Year of the Dog (2021)

Any dog owner can attest to the absolute purity of heart of their four-legged friends. To love and be loved by a dog is to know unwavering loyalty and profound companionship. Owning a dog is making a promise to care for and protect a creature…

Animation, Film Reviews, LFF 2021

REVIEW: Ron’s Gone Wrong (LFF 2021)

For the feature-length animated debut for studio Locksmith Animation, Ron’s Gone Wrong certainly leaves its mark. It’s charming, wonderful, and full of delight. Starring Zach Galifianakis and Jack Dylan Glazer (as Ron and Barney respectively), the story revolves around Barney, a lonely and socially awkward…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Fruits of Labor (2021)

The Donald Trump administration created an extremely hostile environment for immigrants all over America. Gone was the land of hope and dreams – replaced by threats and fears. Every immigrant, no matter where they came from, was deemed as a threat. No more so than…

Film Reviews, LFF 2021, Netflix, Western

REVIEW: The Harder They Fall (LFF 2021)

When the opening credits appear with all the cool swagger, its sharp, stylistic editing and curated music choices, you would think you were watching a Quentin Tarantino movie. After all, his trademarks and isms have dominated popular movie culture since his introduction with Reservoir Dogs. But The…

Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Titane (2021)

[slight plot spoilers ahead] Titane is a depraved journey, no doubt. Julia Ducournau is quickly cementing herself as a genre filmmaker with the guts to shock and stimulate viewers no matter how deviant the premise. Ducournau shifts from coming-of-age cannibalism in her debut with Raw,…

Film Reviews, Superhero

REVIEW: Venom – Let There Be Carnage (2021)

While Venom certainly had its defenders in 2018, it was definitely divisive. In the few intervening years since then and over the course of the tumultuous time we’ve all been through, Venom has become a much more beloved figure, leading to the hype for the…