●●●●○ In Simon Curtis’ newest film, Goodbye Christopher Robin, the world’s best-loved literary character is brought to life. This film captures the writer A.A. Milne’s (Domhnall Gleeson) life after the first World War, who is deeply affected by his harrowing … Continue reading Counterpoint: Artificial Perfection: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” As a period drama, some of the events that seem to occur seem a little too perfect, a little too romantic.
●●●●○ Goodbye Christopher Robin, a biopic about the life of A.A. Milne, power of imagination, the crisis of celebrity, and the importance of childhood. Domhnall Gleeson’s Milne is a man struggling with PTSD and what it means to be a … Continue reading Point: War, Innocence and Celebrity: “Goodbye Christopher Robin” Will Tilston’s Christopher Robin encapsulates the innocence and petulance of childhood; through him we watch Christopher Robin’s transition from ordinary little boy to international icon, as he is plucked from childhood and dropped into celebrity.
●●●●○ Taylor Sheridan’s directing debut, Wind River (2017), is a harrowing story of murder, rape and legal loopholes that exist on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. With Sheridan’s previous screenwriting projects, Sicario (2015) and Hell or High Water … Continue reading “Wind River” Holds Many Secrets Taylor Sheridan’s directing debut, “Wind River” (2017), is a harrowing story of murder, rape and legal loopholes that exist on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.
●●●●● It’s the year 2049. Earth is in its final stage of decay as fumes and debris have blocked out the sun entirely and human waste smothers whole cities. The world is divided between humans and replicants (bioengineered humans), with … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 – Review In a posthuman world, where do we draw the line between human and machine?
●●●○○ With Elton John, a team of lasso-wielding cowboys named after alcoholic beverages, and a rare clean-shaven Jeff Bridges, it’s hard not to like Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Its quirky predecessor was a surprise box-office hit and this time round, … Continue reading Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Review For those looking for the polished suaveness of Bond, think again – to quote Eggsy in the first installment, “This ain’t that kind of movie, bruv.”
For any member of a marginalised group, searching for representations of oneself in pop culture can be a lonely experience. For people who identify as queer, they have never been entirely invisible in film. However, the representations of homosexual … Continue reading Queer Relationships in Film “We could only express ourselves indirectly, just as people on the screen… we were in the closet.”
●●○○○ In Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother!, Jennifer Lawrence plays the wife of a poet (Javier Bardem) who is struggling to find the inspiration for his next piece of writing. As the film starts, Lawrence’s character (named “mother” in the … Continue reading The “Superficial Shock and Deep Frustration” of Aronofsky’s mother! – Review Darren Aronofsky’s latest film fails to impress.
If I think of Germany in the night, I am jolted from my sleep – Heinrich Heine Say the word “techno” to a random person on the street, and (unless that street happens to be in Detroit) most likely “Germany” … Continue reading Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht (If I Think Of Germany In The Night) – Review Will Abbott reviews a special screening of Karmakar’s exploration of the German techno scene.
Stratton is the newest film from Simon West, which seeks to emulate the spy-thriller genre that has given the Bond and Bourne franchises such so much success. Despite being a new entrant into the genre, based on the books by … Continue reading Stratton Review Is it up to scratch for 007 types?
●●●●● In a remote part of Yorkshire, Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works on a livestock farm with his father, Martin (Ian Hart), and his grandmother (Gemma Jones). As Martin is recovering from a stroke, they hire an extra pair of … Continue reading God’s Own Country – Review Francis Lee’s film is the best love story you’ll see this year.
The much revered It has finally hit cinemas and you’re guaranteed to be in for a scare. It has been 27 years since director Tommy Lee Wallace’s mini-series take on Stephen King’s classic horror novel It, Andrés Muschietti has done … Continue reading IT: Review No Clowning Around in IT
Films often become iconic through a seemingly simple phrase that sticks in the audience’s mind. For me, one of the earliest examples of such a film is Holes (2003), a feature that remains a firm favourite since I was a … Continue reading The Power of the Catchphrase – I Can Fix That The memorable line from Holes explored