Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Year of the Dog (2021)

Any dog owner can attest to the absolute purity of heart of their four-legged friends. To love and be loved by a dog is to know unwavering loyalty and profound companionship. Owning a dog is making a promise to care for and protect a creature…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Fruits of Labor (2021)

The Donald Trump administration created an extremely hostile environment for immigrants all over America. Gone was the land of hope and dreams – replaced by threats and fears. Every immigrant, no matter where they came from, was deemed as a threat. No more so than…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Getting Away with Murder(s) (2021)

Just last week, a former Nazi concentration camp secretary – who was charged with aiding and abetting the murder of thousands – absconded from her war crimes trial. The 96 year old, who worked at Stutthof camp, is offering up the defence that she was…

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…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Handsome (2021)

Luke White’s new documentary, Handsome, follows two brothers, Nick and Alex who visit various locations across the world talking to siblings where one of the two, like Alex, lives with Down’s Syndrome. Opening with a frank admission that Nick used to be ashamed of his…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Storm Lake (2021)

The pen, as the saying goes, is mightier than the sword. And, in light of recent international events – the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the detainment of Roman Protesavich – it is clear that good journalism still wields some power. Before the days of…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Julia Scotti – Funny That Way (2021)

TV talent shows have provided a springboard to stardom for many of today’s most famous acts; Harry Styles, Little Mix and Jennifer Hudson, among many others all found fame on TV talent competitions. However, whilst shows like these often discover new talents, they also offer…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Bastards’ Road (2021)

Spiritual pilgrimages have long been seen as a way to heal your body; your mind; your soul. The road itself is time to reflect; to assess what needs work; to make a change. The destination is often incidental or purely symbolic – the literal end…

Crime, Documentary, Netflix, TV Reviews

TV REVIEW: The Sons of Sam (2021)

The Son of Sam murders in 1970s New York City are some of the most well-known, the most chilling, in all of true crime. When David Berkowitz was identified as the gunman responsible for the shootings that left seven people dead and several more seriously…

Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: What Drives Us (2021)

If we were to look at Dave Grohl’s directorial efforts as an unofficial trilogy on the humane qualities of music, then it seems fitting that What Drives Us feels like the culmination of his previous observations. From tracking what keeps the recording process full of…