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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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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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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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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Reviews

The Strangers (2008)

It doesn’t seem right to call The Strangers a horror film, because it’s atypical and not particularly scary. Yet if the events depicted in this movie were to actually happen, there’s no doubt you’d be traumatised for life. It’s a home invasion film, after all, which focuses on a young couple who are terrorised by three masked […]

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Reviews

Sicario (2015)

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 we are aligned with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Is revenge really a dish best served cold? Nocturnal Animals seems to think so.  Ford’s thrilling second feature is an artistic film, telling a dark and twisted story within a story about love and vengeance. Its three interrelated stories reflect and contrast one another, but are focused around Susan (Adams), a successful art gallery owner, who […]

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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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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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Reviews

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

A movie about Barack Obama, titled Barry? I had my doubts, but it was actually pretty good. Barry is the second film to portray a young Obama, and it delves even deeper into the President’s past. It depicts his first year at Columbia University in 1981, where he struggles to stay connected to his mother and […]

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Reviews

Cop Car (2015)

If you think back to your childhood, there was probably a time where you found something in the woods that you thought was really cool, like an unusual object, or an old swing rope across a river. But in Watt’s film, rebellious boys Travis (Freedosn-Jackson) and Harrison (Wellford) find a cop car. Better yet, the […]

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Reviews

Grandma (2015)

Grandma brushes off the abortion stigma. It doesn’t treat it like a life-altering moment, but instead as a standard medical procedure. I liked the no-nonsense attitude presented in this film. It’s exactly what I was in the mood to see. This is a great little indie that’s light in tone and short in length, featuring Lily […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Arrival (2016)

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

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Reviews

Into the Forest (2016): End of the World, Not As We’ve Known It

It might be overdone, but the post-apocalyptic genre is continuously consumed by our culture. From zombies, aliens and vampires, depictions of life after the end of the world are pretty saturated, as we’ve seen it all before… But maybe not. Into the Forest is a more realistic and grounded take on the genre, which focuses on the […]

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Reviews

Indignation (2016): Quiet and Poignant Explosion

Indignation is an adaptation of Phillip Roth’s novel of the same name, a quaint snapshot of 1950s life. It tells story of Marcus Messner (Logan Lerman), a young man from a Jewish family, who leaves home to attend Winesburg, a Christian collage in Ohio. There, he tries to distance himself from the spiritual community, as despite […]

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Lists

Top 10 Best Leonardo DiCaprio Films

Ah, good ol’ Leo. From Hollywood heartthrob to Oscar winner, DiCaprio has been one of the biggest movie stars for decades. He has spent most of his career trying to upturn our expectations of him, and with a catalogue of fascinating roles, he is definitely one of the greatest actors of his generation. So, here’s […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Pleasantly funny, unassuming and strangely compelling, are some of the ways I would describe Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Waititi delivers a light comedy-drama, that doesn’t takes itself too seriously. Dennison portrays Ricky Baker, a rebellious young boy who gets sent to live with a couple on a remote farm in the New Zealand countryside. Chaos ensures […]

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Reviews

Hands of Stone (2016): A Fistful of Drama

Robert De Niro is back in the ring in biopic Hands of Stone. This time though, he portrays legendary trainer Ray Arcel, who comes out of retirement to coach Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez). Ferocious and merciless, Duran is a natural fighter and after scoring a string of knockouts, he prepares for a fight with Sugar […]

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