AFI FEST 2020, Drama, Film Reviews, Latest

REVIEW: The Father (AFI Fest 2020)

While several films have movingly depicted dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, including Iris (2001) and Still Alice (2014), they have mainly considered it from the viewpoint of family members, who are having to cope with seeing someone they love slowly disappear before their eyes. What Florian…

Drama, Film Reviews, Latest, NYFF 2020

REVIEW: French Exit (NYFF 2020)

Oh, to be rich-ish and happy-ish. French Exit is sort of an odd bird, waxing poetically about the nature of the wealthy privileged class and their nihilistic tendencies. There’s an eccentric listlessness that is compelling despite its torpor, a bizarre, through-the-looking-glass glimpse at a brand…

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REVIEW: Black Christmas (2019)

The 1970’s brought with them a plethora of horror movies that resonated to such a degree that contemporary movies still remake, reboot and borrow from them. So original and benchmarking were the films released in this decade that it is understandable that Hollywood would want…

Film Reviews, LFF 2019

REVIEW: Vivarium (London Film Festival 2019)

From the moment that Vivarium’s opening bright red credits flash onto the screen à la Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, you know you’re in for a wild, unpredictable ride. When young couple Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots) arrive at an estate agency looking to…

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REVIEW: Green Room (2016)

Written by Patrick Alexander and Noah Jackson Somewhere between psychotic and iconic; somewhere between “I want it” and “I’ve got it”; somewhere between being sober and being lifted; somewhere between indie-punk-rock tour and withdrawn neo-Nazi grunge cults; that’s where you’ll find ‘Green Room’, red laces and all. The…

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REVIEW: She’s Funny That Way (2014)

Admittedly, going into ‘She’s Funny That Way’, I knew I was going to like it. The universal hype was certainly lacking, but I believed in my heart of hearts that this was the kind of film made for me – an erudite, endearingly comical, gaff-laden…

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REVIEW: A Long Way Down (2014)

WRITTEN BY ANDREW GARRISON Occasionally, I sit down and look for films I’ve never heard of. Sometimes I come across very good independent and/or foreign films worthy of my time.  This was the case with ‘A Long Way Down’, a movie that I stumbled across…

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REVIEW: Need for Speed (2014)

One of the more curious movie ideas to me, is the increasingly common conversion of video games to film. It rarely works out, but studios seem to keep giving them the green light. From ‘Super Mario Brothers’ to ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, ‘Prince of Persia’ to ‘Hitman’, there…