Film Review

Imperial Dreams (2014): Simple But Powerfully Effective 

Directed and written by: Malik Vitthal Stars: John Boyega, Rotimi Akinosho, Keke Palmer. In Imperial Dreams, John Boyega isn’t a stormtrooper batting heads with Kylo Ren. Instead, the pre-Star Wars Boyega plays an ex-con named Bambi, on route to redemption. Sharing the same name as a certain Disney character, you’d think he wouldn’t stand a […]

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Film Lists

World Cinema: 6 Must-See Foreign Films

Throughout my movie watching, some of the best films I have seen are in foreign languages. If you don’t already, you should definitely watch foreign films as it’s a great way to expand your worldview. They are worth your time – trust me! If you consider yourself a true cinema fan, then there is no […]

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Film Lists

6 Essential Comedies

Forget about family friendly comedies and anything starring Adam Sandler post-90s. I like the best of the best, so that means comedies that aren’t afraid to push the envelope. I’m talking about films with ballsy humour and those that can make unfunny subjects funny. Say goodbye to PG-rated comedies and watch these instead… This is […]

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Film Review

No Country for Old Men (2007)

Directed and written by: Coen brothers Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin. No Country for Old Men starts out at like a modern-day western, then it begins to look like a cape thriller before turning into a full-blown bloodbath… which involves a psychopathic killer with a really bad haircut. I expected this film to be a […]

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Film Review

World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Stars: Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Morgan Murphy Directed and written by: Bobcat Goldthwait Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Robin Williams is a legend, having left behind a lasting impact. He could do anything, given the right material and platform. I always enjoyed watching his comedies as a kid and his life-affirming dramas […]

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Film Review, Recent Movies

Moonlight (2016)

Directed and written by: Barry Jenkins Stars: Mahershala Ali, Naomi Harris, Ashton Sanders. Let me start by saying this: for a Miami-set film which features drug dealers and rough neighbourhoods, Moonlight isn’t concerned about gang culture and the crime associated with it. Instead, the film is completely committed to showing the troubled life of Chiron, played by three […]

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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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Film Review, Recent Movies

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

Director: Mel Gibson Stars: Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Hugo Weaving. The word relentless springs to mind when I think of Hacksaw Ridge. It’s a film that commits completely to capturing the intensity and brutality of war. It does not hold back. Bloods, guts, limbs are on full display and young Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is at the heart […]

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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

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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