BFI Flare 2021, Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cured (BFI Flare 2021)

Whilst today the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are still fighting for a range of rights and freedoms, one that is receiving particular attention at this present moment is the campaign for a ban on conversion therapy. Similarly, during the 60s and 70s, there was…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Silk Road (2021)

It’s the grizzled old cop versus the rebellious tech wunderkind in Tiller Russell’s dark web thriller Silk Road – based on the true story of Ross Ulbricht, the 27-year-old who created and operated a darknet market site that became “Amazon for drugs” in 2011 and…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Potato Dreams of America (SXSW 2021)

Potato Dreams of America is less a narrative film than it is an exploration of memory. It’s the quasi-autobiographical story of the life of writer/director Wes Hurley, from his childhood in the former Soviet Union, to his young adulthood as a gay immigrant in the…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Dark State (2021)

Cinema can be used effectively to educate audiences as to corruption within regimes or organisations. It can highlight and explain the intricacies and subterfuge involved in cover ups, crises and corruption. Hell, Michael Moore has built an entire career on it. From All The President’s…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Fever (2021)

In 2020, Amazon deforestation in Brazil increased by almost 10%, the highest number in twelve years, with over 11,000 square metres gone. Since taking office at the beginning of 2019, president Jair Bolsonaro has consistently made a mockery of environmental enforcement laws, prioritising the interests…

Film Reviews, HBO MAX, Superhero

REVIEW: Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

A peculiar melange of excitement and trepidation has surrounded the build up to Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It’s a film that has dominated the #discourse since its announcement back in February 2020, calling into question all manner of aspects related to the film. The death…

Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: Slaxx (2021)

On concept alone, Slaxx seems absurd and daft. However, underneath the seams of this concept is a horrific story of the faults of ‘fast fashion’ and the harsh price of the fast-paced demand of the fashion industry. Although, the film may encourage debate about whether…

Drama, Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Executive Order (SXSW 2021)

Executive Order opens with a card stating that the story takes place “somewhere in the future,” allocating the viewer in an undetermined space that equally dialogues with present and future while simultaneously pulling from the past. Some of the best products of recent Brazilian cinema…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Slalom (2021)

Affection or attention can easily be misconstrued as representing love, especially to those who are seemingly lacking these basic fundamentals. This can be seen for Lyz (Noée Abita), a fifteen year old skiing protégé undergoing an intensive training program in the French Alps, far away…

Film Reviews, Horror, Sundance 2021

REVIEW: Censor (Sundance 2021)

Newsflash: All your favourite slashers are weaker than the censor. It matters not if you’re the next Jason, Freddy or Pinhead, or if you are them, with just one strike the censor can shorten, curb, alter or altogether eliminate their killing spree. And they can…

Drama, Film Reviews, Hulu

REVIEW: Boogie (2021)

It is not easy to like Boogie (Taylor Takahashi) in Boogie. His game with the ladies can be so invasive and crude that he comes off as a grade-A tosser. His play on the basketball court can be so solo he defines “teammate” as “me,…