Comedy, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Bye Bye Morons (2021)

You couldn’t blame somebody for expressing puzzlement over the fact that Bye Bye Morons (2020), a zany, lightweight comedy, managed to win seven César Awards. Perhaps the French love their farces more than most, but it’s hard to imagine a world in which this was…

Film Reviews, Sci-Fi

REVIEW: Settlers (2021)

Space adventures with a notable focus on family drama have been no stranger to the cinematic screen over the last decade. It’s a subgenre that’s seen many successes including, but not limited to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and James Gray’s Ad Astra. I suppose after the…

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…

Film Reviews, Short Film

REVIEW: Notes (2021)

Jimmy Olsson’s latest short film seeks to question traditional notions about messy break-ups and the manner in which our emotions can influence the art that we produce. It’s light on dialogue, but if you open yourself up to its loose, playful style, you will be…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Black Medicine (2021)

When approaching any piece of media, I always like to look at its plot and execution of that plot. Sometimes a film/TV show or video game can get both of these aspects correct, sometimes they get both completely wrong or only get one right, which…

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…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Mama Weed (2021)

Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert turns her hand to the drug trade in director Jean-Paul Salomé’s Paris-set dramedy Mama Weed (La Daronne). As a police interpreter who uses her insider knowledge to become a drug kingpin, Huppert elevates what is an average, albeit entertaining, crime…

Fantasy, Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Place of No Words (2021)

How does a father broach the subject of mortality with their son? This quandary lies at the heart of The Place of No Words, a personal love letter from writer-editor-director Mark Webber to his family, Teresa and Bodhi Palmer. With Mark suffering through a terminal…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Love Type D (2021)

Romantic comedies – or “comedies of manners” as they were originally referred to – have been delighting cinema goers since the 1920s. Big on-screen partnerships such as Grant and Hepburn; Gable and Colbert; Hudson and Day dominated the box office with their light-hearted approach to…