Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Playlist (2021)

Playlist bounces into theatres at a time in which many young women are desperate to get back to having casual sex and discussing their love lives with their colleagues. Perhaps this film will remind them of the fact that life outside of lockdown can be messy…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Subject (2021)

Documentary filmmakers are often the voice that is never heard; the face that is never seen. They are there – as the genre suggests – to simply document what is going on in front of them. But what if what they capture has a profound…

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, International Film

REVIEW: El Planeta (2021)

Comedian Joan Rivers famously declared “My daughter and I are very close, we speak every single day and I call her every day and say the same thing, “pick up, I know you’re there.”  El Planeta (2021) observes a mother-daughter relationship dynamic that might have…

Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: The Man Who Sold His Skin (2021)

Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania stumbled across the inspiration for her Oscar-nominated film on a trip to Le Louvre in Paris. There, she saw a retrospective dedicated to the Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye. As part of this exhibition, Tim Steiner became a living piece of…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Wildfire (2021)

Wildfire is one of those films that succeeds on a micro-level. From scene to scene, it is packed with raw emotionality and scarily believable hysteria. When you begin to zoom out and look at the bigger picture, everything becomes less acutely focused and slightly more…

Columns, Reel Women

REEL WOMEN: September 2021 UK Releases

Welcome back to Reel Women, the monthly column that highlights new releases that are written and/or directed by women. This month we’ve got dramas, comedies, documentaries, and even a couple of musicals! Cinemas are open, so we have a mixture of films getting the big…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Your Color (2021)

Living abroad is an opportunity too good to pass up. Moving away from your childhood home and renting an apartment with your best friend is the stuff so many people fantasise about; the freedom, the boundless choices, and the never-ending party of the rest of…

Crime, Film Reviews, International Film

REVIEW: Wildland (2021)

Denmark is typically thought of as a nation of cultured intellectuals with impeccable liberal credentials and a healthy amount of disposable cash in their bank accounts. This is not to say that Danish cinema isn’t notorious for featuring debauchery, graphic nudity and all sorts of…

Film Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: The Last Letter From Your Lover (2021)

A cosy romance may be the last thing you would expect as a follow up to the hedonistic Never Goin Back (2018) from director Augustine Frizzell, but it’s good that a new director is already showing range, especially when you consider that she’s also directed…