Reviews

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

I’d be lying if I said We Need To Talk About Kevin, is about an innocent boy who grows up to be a tragic villain, like Anakin Skywalker, from the Star Wars prequels. Truth is, Kevin is a monster from the start. He’s presented as a devil child, an omen, a bad seed – you get the picture. […]

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Reviews

Enemy (2013) review – Jake Gyllenhaal Sees Double

One word: complicated. Enemy is the kind of film you have to see more than once. For me, a film that is hard to grasp makes it all the more intriguing. I’m a sucker for mind-boggling, complex movies and Enemy certainly is that. This film, I guess, is a surrealist thriller about doppelgangers discovering their mutual existence. Jake […]

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British Films, Reviews

Hector (2015), directed by Jake Gavin

This festive-themed road movie, Hector has the spirit of Ken Loach hanging over it. Its a social realist drama with Peter Mullan at the centre. He plays the titular Hector, a homeless man from Glasgow, seeking to reconnect with his family. I stumbled across this low budget British film on Netflix and I thoroughly enjoyed the warmth […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Home Invasion Horror: HUSH (2016)

So I watched Hush the other day on Netflix, not expecting much, but I was well surprised at how good it was. I liked it a lot! Hush is yet another tale of home invasion, and it’s as if director Mike Flanagan sets out to upturn any expectations we might have. Here’s the set-up: Maddie (Seigal), our hero, […]

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Reviews

What We Do in The Shadows (2014)

Quirky and weirdly compelling, here is an indie comedy I found very funny! Once you embrace its ridiculous plot, you’ll be entertained right until the end. Four vampire housemates – Viago, Vladislav, Deacon and Petyr, live in Wellington, New Zealand, where they let a film crew document their everyday lives. Presented in the mockumentary style, What […]

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Cult Classics, 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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Recent Movies, Reviews

Personal Shopper (2017) – A Captivating Ghost Thriller

Fusing different styles, themes and cinematic directions, Personal Shopper is an intriguing puzzle box movie. I can’t explain everything I saw in this film, but there’s no doubting its quality. Going into this, you have to be prepared for serious, artsy cinema, as it’s a testing watch. So, here’s what it’s all about… Maureen (Kristen […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

20th Century Women (2016)

“Wondering if you’re happy is a great shortcut to being depressed,” is a genius line said by Annette Benning’s Dorethea, in 20th Century Women. You can take this quote how you want, but I see it as the perfect anecdote for this film. Set in the 1970s, 20th Century Women is isn’t about anything specific. […]

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Reviews

The Basketball Diaries (1995)

Rock bottom. Chances are you’ve heard that phrase a time or two in your life. I hope you’ve never been there, or experienced anything like the struggles of punk rocker and writer, Jim Carroll. A talented but misguided individual he was, The Basketball Diaries chronicles his teenage years when he went from basketball star to […]

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Reviews

You Need To See Short Term 12

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, devestate you and lift your spirits all at the same time. For me, the film is stroke of genius, a masterpiece […]

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Reviews

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

How do you make an on-screen romance between a man and a blow-up doll interesting? You do it with openness, faith, a touch of comedy and with Ryan Gosling playing the lead. There’s no easy way to explain the plot of Lars and the Real Girl, without sounding like a rambling idiot. I can’t imagine what […]

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Reviews

Winter’s Bone (2010)

As much as I enjoy a good action flick with a badass hero, the films that have the most effect on me are the ones about ordinary people. Let’s face it, regular folk who must rise to the occasion allows for way more food for thought. I have lost count of the number of indie […]

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Reviews

Imperial Dreams (2014): Simple But Powerfully Effective 

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 chance in the world of crime, but he’s been to prison and back. […]

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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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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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