Film Review

Bernie (2011)

Directed and written by: Richard Linklater Stars: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley McClaine Pitch-black comedy To my mind, comedy is the toughest genre to make work, especially when you’re dealing with the darker side of the genre. Everyone has their own sense of humour and own level of tolerance, but I always find myself drawn to […]

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Cult Classics, Film Review

American History X (1998)

Director: Tony Kaye Main Stars: Edward Norton, Edward Furlong, Beverly D’Angelo. Some films make you feel all good inside. Some can scare you, make you laugh and others can make you want to fist pump the air. But there are films that can rip you to pieces, tear away at any sense of hope you have, and […]

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Cult Classics, Film Review

American Beauty (1999)

Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, Mena Savari. American Beauty, directed with such an ingenious vision and technical flair, is the ultimate midlife crisis movie. Spacey gives a great performance as forty-something Lester Burnham, an ad executive who’s sick of his job and his life. He is unhappily married to Carolyn (Benning), a neurotic real […]

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Cult Classics, Film Review

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly Main Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore. True classics never get old. It was the turn of the millennia when Richard Kelly created sci-fi drama Donnie Darko, which boats one of the most complex and compelling stories of this century. It was also the moment cinema discovered Jake Gyllenhaal who portrays Donnie, a schizophrenic high […]

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Film Lists

Top 5 Weirdest Films That Are Worth Your Time

Most weird films come from the independent world, not Hollywood, because the stranger the movie, the less likely it will be successful. I have seen plenty of weird films, some good and some terrible. Here are five that I believe have a unique place in cinema. Un Chien Andalou (1929) What happens when you pair […]

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Film Review, Recent Movies

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

Director: Danny Boyle Main stars: Ewen McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner. Who doesn’t love a bit of cinematic nostalgia? There’s nothing quite like the warm glow of good memories. In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled […]

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Film Review, Recent Movies

La La Land (2017) 

Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, J.K. Simmons. After just five minutes into La La Land, I was certain that I was going to hate it. The large ensemble number, titled “Another Day in the Sun” opens the film, with numerous people jumping out of their cars, singing and dancing on a busy L.A freeway. I normally keep my […]

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Film Review, Recent Movies

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Director: Ken Loach Main Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy. One of the many things I have great respect for, is people who tell it like it is. This is precisely what Ken Loach does with I, Daniel Blake. It’s a film that left me with a knot in my stomach, as it dawned on me that […]

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Film Lists

The 10 Best British Urban Films

To say that the British urban genre is the most disregarded genre in film would be an understatement. I’ve seen a lot of these films over the years, the good ones and the bad ones, but they always take a no-nonsense approach to serious themes concerning race, poverty, drugs and other societal problems. These films […]

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Film Lists

5 of the Best Coming-of-Age Films

We had Stand By Me and The Breakfast Club in the ’80s and Dazed and Confused in the ’90s, and yes they are great coming-of-age films, but is there really any need to keep reminding you of that in every film list over and over again? So, I’ve decided to select some alternate choices. I have always strongly connected with coming-of-age […]

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Film Review

It Follows (2014)

Director: David Robert Mitchell Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi The premise of It Follows sounds like the worst film ever when said out loud. But sometimes the best ideas are the unusual ones. This thrilling and atmospheric horror focuses on teenager Jay (Monroe), who after sleeping with her new boyfriend, becomes the target of a supernatural […]

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Film Review, Recent Movies

Sing Street (2016)

Director: John Carney Main Stars: Ferida Walsh-Peelo, Jack Raynor, Lucy Boynton. There’s little more that can be done with the let’s-make-a-band formula, but John Carney manages to create something really special with Sing Street. It’s a funny, lively, utterly brilliant coming-of-age story set in 1985 Dublin. It focuses on young Conor “Cosmo” Lawlor, who starts a rock band to […]

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Film Review

Brotherhood (2016) – Review

Director: Noel Clarke Stars: Noel Clarke, Jason Maza, Tonia Sotiropoulou, Arnold Oceng. I’ve got huge respect for Noel Clarke, because he’s like a one-man army when it comes to filmmaking, as he’s a screenwriter, director, producer and an actor. He once again returns to his West London roots, bringing his urban trilogy to a conclusion with Brotherhood. Set […]

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Film Review

The Strangers (2008)

Director: Bryan Bertino Stars: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman, Gemma Ward. It doesn’t seem right to call The Strangers a horror film, because it’s atypical and not particularly scary, but yet if the events depicted in the movie were to actually happen, there’s no doubt you’d be traumatised for life. It is a home invasion film, after all, which focuses […]

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Film Review

Sicario (2015)

Director: Denis Villenevue Starring: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro. Sicario is the kind of the film that you just don’t want to end. The story, characters and immersive gun-fights had me hooked, and I would honestly pay dividends for an extended cut. Sicario is a brilliant thriller, which takes the viewer on an intense journey through Mexico, where […]

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Film Review, Recent Movies

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Director: Tom Ford Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon. Is revenge really a dish best served cold? Nocturnal Animals seems to think so. Ford’s thrilling second feature is an artistic and aesthetically pleasing film, telling a dark and twisted story within a story about love and vengeance. Its three interrelated stories reflect and contrast one another, but […]

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Film Lists

Top 10 Best Films of 2016

I think it’s fair to say that it has been quite a turbulent year. But amongst the chaos and political shocks, there has been some pretty good films. It hasn’t been an amazing year for movies, as there’s been quite a few disappointing releases. There are still quite a lot of films that I never […]

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Film Lists

5 Alternative Christmas Films To Watch

The most wonderful time of the year, is a time for family and sharing, and it’s also the period where TV is filled to the brink with loads of cheesy Christmas films. I don’t hate Christmas movies, but I just don’t go out of my way to find new ones every year. There are a […]

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Disposable: Thrilling Short Film

Indie films always know how to be hard-hitting, poignant and challenging in ways that are genuinely meaningful and creative. Disposable is five-minute film, focusing on a young man with a love for violent movies, who one night brings violence to the shadowy urban streets, in more ways than one. If you’d rather watch a big-budget blockbuster, that’s […]

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Film Review

Barry (2016): Coming-Of-Age Obama Movie

Director: Vikram Ghandi Stars: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell. Barry is this year’s second film to portray a young Obama, and it delves even deeper into the President’s past. The film depicts his first year at Columbia University in 1981, where he struggles to stay connected to his mother and estranged father, while trying to figure out […]

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