Features, Reviews

The Life of the Mind: A Look at Barton Fink

“I’ll show you the life of the mind!” – Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) Barton Fink is a film with myriad meanings. Its elements are so diverse it defies genre classification. Is it a comedy drama? A period piece? Thriller? It’s strange, but it grows on you over the course of many unnerving scenes. After all, this […]

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Reviews

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA is taking over the world. I remember a time when it was all about connecting with your friends. These days, we go on social networks for news, videos and to follow famous people. We have a persistent urge to check Facebook, Instagram and tweet. That’s why Ingrid Goes West a.k.a First World Problems, couldn’t be more […]

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Essential, Reviews

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2018)

You’d be forgiven for thinking Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was going to be straightforward. It seems like a simple revenge tale. But it’s not. It’s more a tale of how life can hurt, heal and transform people in the strangest ways. Right from the off, it completely denies you the comfort of an easy viewing. If you […]

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Essential, Reviews

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is the kind of guy that would ridicule anyone who went to see a psychiatrist. Meaning, he would never go to see one himself. Well, he really needs to since he spends his spare time killing people for fun. (Or does he?) I’ve seen American Psycho a couple of times now, so you’re […]

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Essential, Reviews

Fargo (1996)

Pure black comedy mixed with crime, murder and mayhem: welcome to Fargo. This film is another winner by the Coen Brothers, two directors that I love. Masters of offbeat, low-key cinema, they always know how to reinvent the wheel. Set in 80s Minnesota, Fargo starts off by telling the audience that what you’re about to see is based […]

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Colossal (2017): Weird and Wacky Monster Movie

Imagine every time you go out drinking, a massive lizard-like monster causes mass destruction in South Korea. Your wild behaviour literally manifests itself as a Godzilla lookalike, imagine that for a minute… Because this is what happens to Gloria (Anne Hathaway) in Colossal. This is a weird film. It’s the kind of movie that’s guaranteed to […]

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Catfight (2017): A Bloody Good Black Comedy

You can tell right from the beginning that Catfight isn’t your everyday comedy. From the dark satire, ironic humour and quirky moments, you know that it won’t offer the usual laughs like in Hollywood comedies. After watching the trailer, I had to see it, and what a great little movie it turned out to be! […]

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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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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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Bernie (2011)

Pitch-black comedy To my mind, comedy is the toughest genre to make work, especially when dealing with the darker side of the genre. Humour comes in various flavours, any of which may appeal to one person but not to another. I’m the type of person that enjoys black comedies, like Bernie.  Richard Linklater’s film is based […]

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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… Renton: Heading […]

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Filth (2013)

It’s a filthy job getting to the top, especially for corrupt Edinburgh cop, Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), who’s determined to secure a promotion to detective inspector. Drug-abusing and hard-drinking, he’s willing to do whatever means necessary to get what he wants. I’m always a sucker for any film starring James McAvoy. In comedy-drama Filth, adapted from […]

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