Category Archives: Films

Film Review – 7500

7500 opens with unsettling surveillance footage at Berlin airport, indicating just how difficult it is to spot potential hijackers. Shortly afterwards we meet the crew of a commercial aeroplane, which includes First Officer Tobias Ellis (Joseph Gordon Levitt) and his … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Vast of Night

Director Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night is a low-budget sci-fi gem and a tremendous first feature; at once offbeat, mysterious, gripping, and almost certainly destined for cult status. It begins Twilight Zone style, with a Rod Sterling-esque 1950s TV … Continue reading

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I’ve never seen… The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

The Guardian are running a series in which their film writers confess to longstanding gaps in their cinematic knowledge, and finally fill them. I’ve decided to join in on this blog, hence I’ve-never-got-round-to-it proves a pathetic excuse for missing out … Continue reading

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Film Review – Uncut Gems

“What are you doing Howard?” “No Howard, No!” “Why Howard? For goodness sake, why?!” These and more colourful utterances were inwardly screamed by yours truly, as I finally caught up with Uncut Gems over the weekend. Akin to watching the … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Platform

As dystopian drama goes, Spanish director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s The Platform is a blunt but effective metaphor for the greedy capitalism of western society. Don’t worry though, it isn’t eye-rollingly preachy. Just very gory and gripping. Set in a prison with … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Invitation

The Invitation has been lurking on Netflix for a few years, but I finally caught up with it the other day. The premise is simple: A man and his wife are invited to a mysterious dinner with his ex-wife and … Continue reading

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Curate Don’t Censor

Following on from last week’s post about “Cancel Culture”, here’s my take on a similarly thorny issue. How should we approach historic works of art that are openly ideologically insidious? How should we approach, for example, DW Griffith’s The Birth … Continue reading

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My Take on “Cancel Culture”

I find myself increasingly alarmed at the mentality of those who sanctimoniously demand we censor or “cancel” certain music, books, films, and so forth, based on the attitudes, opinions, behaviour, or crimes of the artists responsible (whether said crimes are … Continue reading

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Film Review – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, the latest from Girlhood writer/director Celine Sciamma, is a superbly constructed, painterly, emotionally gripping psychological drama/romance. With a female director, all-female cast, and barely a glimpse of a man for the duration, this has … Continue reading

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Film Review – Military Wives

Military Wives, the latest film from Peter Cattaneo (best known for The Full Monty) isn’t going to change the course of cinema. Inspired by the real life story of the Military Wives choir and their inspirational legacy, the film is … Continue reading

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