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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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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Cult Classics, Reviews

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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Reviews

World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

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 as I grew older. While Williams has starred in many beloved […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Moonlight (2016)

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 different actors in three chapters, with each part detailing his experiences […]

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Reviews

Bernie (2011)

  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 black comedies, like Bernie.  Richard Linklater’s film is based on a real-life […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Hacksaw Ridge (2017)

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 of the action. Volunteering to fight in WW2, […]

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Cult Classics, Reviews

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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Cult Classics, Reviews

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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Cult Classics, Reviews

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 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 school kid. And his problems begin when a mysterious […]

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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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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

  In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled adventure. This sequel is everything I could have hoped for – it’s funny, entertaining, visually sharp and it’s a joy finding out what these characters, now middle-aged, have been up to. […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

La La Land (2017) 

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 distance from musicals, but I decided to give La […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

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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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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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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Reviews

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 and atmospheric 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’s […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Sing Street (2016)

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 impress a girl. This is a really entertaining film […]

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