Essential, Reviews

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Is Requiem for a Dream the most depressing film ever? It has to rank up there. Seriously, this film is so bleak and hopeless that I would rather watch a dozen cheesy romantic-comedies one after the other, then see Requiem for a Dream ever again. This isn’t to say that I didn’t think it was any good. In fact, […]

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Cinema Psychos: 5 Classic Slasher Movies 

The slasher movie: a term given to any horror film where there’s a psychopathic killer on the loose. The golden period for this sub-genre was during the 1970s and 1980s. Even if you’ve never seen a slasher movie, you’ll probably have some idea of the classic tropes that come into play. Most of these films […]

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Short Term 12 (2013)

Short Term 12 is so authentic, life-affirming, and grounded in reality that it genuinely makes you feel the power of its message. Rarely can a film be a truthful understatement, tell a profound story, devastate you and lift your spirits all at the same time. For me, the film is a stroke of genius, a […]

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Robert DiNero’s A BRONX TALE (1993)

Among the many classics of the ’90s and the various gangster films we all know and love, A Bronx Tale stands out for its powerful and thought-provoking story. It just happens to be one of the best gangster films I’ve seen. It’s a simple film, but that’s the beauty of it. Set in the 1960s, Robert DiNero […]

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No Country for Old Men (2007)

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 majestic, artsy piece of cinema and while it certainly was that, the […]

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American History X (1998)

Some films make you feel 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 hope you have, and force you to accept that the world is a monstrous place. This […]

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American Beauty (1999)

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 estate agent obsessed with keeping up appearances; their […]

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Donnie Darko (2001)

True classics never get old! It was the turn of the millennia when Richard Kelly created sci-fi drama Donnie Darko, which boasts 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 school kid. And his problems begin when a mysterious […]

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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 Loach’s portrayal of a poverty-stricken Britain couldn’t be closer […]

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It Follows (2014)

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 horror focuses on teenager Jay (Monroe), who after sleeping with her new boyfriend, becomes the target of a supernatural entity – a curse passed on through sex. There are clear […]

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Arrival (2016)

“Life is a journey, not a destination”, is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and I see Arrival as an adoption of that phrase. This is arguably the most mysterious and obscure alien thriller, to come out in a long while. As I don’t want to spoil anything, I’m keeping this review short and sweet. The […]

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Drive (2011)

Everything about Drive is just cool. It’s the film that introduced me to Ryan Gosling and I’ve been a fan ever since. He portrays ‘Driver’, a Hollywood stuntman by day, but a ruthless getaway driver by night. When he steps in to protect next-door neighbour Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her son, from the gangsters that her husband […]

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