Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: Saint Narcisse (2021)

In Greek mythology, Narcissus was renowned for his heart-stopping beauty. Unfortunately for him, it was his inability to peel himself away from his ravishing reflection that ultimately led to his death. This stark warning about the perils of poring over every inch of our faces…

Film Reviews, International Film, Period

REVIEW: Wife of a Spy (2021)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest directorial venture, Wife of a Spy, is a romantic period piece set in Japan during World War II. It is centered around Satoko Fukuhara (Yū Aoi), who begins to suspect that her husband Yūsaku Fukuhara (Issey Takahashi), might be a spy for…

Film Reviews, Musical

REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021)

Drag Queens are breaking into the mainstream like never before, and rightfully so. Our TV screens are filled with the constant conveyor belt of queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race and our pubs/clubs up and down the country are featuring an ever expanding array of vastly…

Film Reviews, Venice 2021, Western

REVIEW: Old Henry (Venice 2021)

The classic western is back. Old Henry marks an unassuming return for Tim Blake Nelson, who clearly impressed during his turn in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. This time, he plays Henry – the eponymous farmer, scratching out a living with his son and his…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Venice 2021

REVIEW: Becoming Led Zeppelin (Venice 2021)

Bernard MacMahon’s officially sanctioned documentary Becoming Led Zeppelin is an amusing and indulgent, highly conventional ode to the band’s ‘supergroup’ origins. Featuring commentary from bassist John Paul Jones, singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page – with late drummer John Bonham appearing through historical radio interviews…

Film Reviews, Sci-Fi, TIFF 2021

REVIEW: Encounter (TIFF 2021)

British director Michael Pearce is back for his sophomore feature Encounter, following the critically acclaimed psychological thriller Beast, with an intriguing and genre-defying sci-fi road trip turned family drama. However, there is a certain twist revealed throughout which may divide viewers, as not all is…

Film Reviews, HBO MAX, Horror

REVIEW: Malignant (2021)

When you’re a director responsible for over $3billion in box office returns, almost anything you put forward is going to be greenlit. James Wan, the brilliant mind behind 21st century horror classics like Saw and The Conjuring, has earned a level of trust from film…

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…