Biopic, Drama, Film Reviews, Period

REVIEW: The Souvenir – Part II (2021)

[This review contains fairly detailed discussion of all parts of the film – avoid if you don’t want to be ‘spoiled’] Director Joanna Hogg’s highly personal tale of a young film student’s first serious relationship – 2019’s The Souvenir – was one of the best…

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, Period

REVIEW: The World to Come (2021)

As someone who is generally not a fan of Westerns, there have been a few films within the last decade that have been set in 19th century American isolated frontiers that have caught my eye and I’ve ended up loving – and these are the…

Film Reviews, Period

REVIEW: The Yellow Wallpaper (2021)

Gothic fiction has had something of a resurgence in the last decade, with adaptations of classic novels including Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (Cary Fukunaga, 2011), Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold, 2011), Daphne Du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 2017), Henry James’ The Turn…

Biopic, Drama, Film Reviews, Latest, Netflix, Period

REVIEW: Mank (2020)

Anyone who loves cinema, or who knows somebody who loves cinema, will be all too familiar with Orson Welles classic film Citizen Kane. What is hard to believe in our days of superhero franchises and directors who have to prove themselves for years, is that…

Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews, Latest, Period

REVIEW: Minari (2020)

When I was around 4 years old, my dad relocated my family from the big city where I was born to a relatively smaller one. I didn’t know what was the reason back then, as I was just a little kid. But as I grew…

Film Reviews, Latest, Mystery, Netflix, Period, Streaming

REVIEW: Rebecca (2020)

While remakes and reboots are – perhaps deservedly so – controversial, literary adaptations are more complicated. The problem can come when there is one particular adaptation of a novel which is considered ‘classic’ or ‘definitive.’ That is very much the case with Daphne Du Maurier’s…