Category Archives: Film Reviews

Film Review – Parasite

The best advice I can give anyone seeing Parasite is to urge that you know nothing going in beforehand. This is a film best experienced with no foreknowledge or expectations. And boy, is it a superb film; a Best Picture … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers’s unsettling psychological drama/horror The Lighthouse has had a lot of rave reviews. It’s only fair that I burst this bubble a little, as this is absolutely not a film for everyone. Those searching for fright-a-minute jump scares will … Continue reading

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Film Review – Queen and Slim

A young black couple on a first date make a run for the border, after a catastrophic encounter with a violent white traffic cop. This simple chase narrative proves effective in director Melina Matsoukas’s Queen and Slim, which features strong … Continue reading

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Film Review – Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood’s new film Richard Jewell tells the true story of the eponymous security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, who prevented considerable loss of life when he discovered a bomb in a rucksack (even though the device still went … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Personal History of David Copperfield

The main talking point of Armando Ianucci’s adaptation of David Copperfield seems to be the multi-racial casting, in that it throws down a clear challenge to the (actually often historically inaccurate) all-white casting in many a period drama. However, as … Continue reading

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Film Review – Weathering with You

Makoto Shinkai, the Japanese anime director responsible for the staggeringly brilliant Your Name, returns with Weathering with You; another supernatural-teenage-romance-circling-environmental-catastrophe type narrative. Teenage runaway Hodaka falls in love with Hina, a teenage girl with mysterious powers. Known as a “sun … Continue reading

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Film Review – Monos

Monos is a curious beast. Massively critically acclaimed, I have to confess I was rather less impressed with it than some. Whilst I agree that it is visually arresting and interesting, I don’t think it is quite the masterpiece some … Continue reading

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Film Review – The Nightingale

First a word of warning: Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale is not for everyone, and that’s putting it very mildly. It contains prolonged and graphic scenes of violence, sexual violence, and very strong language. However, I also wish to say upfront … Continue reading

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Film Review – Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit, the latest from Hunt for the Wilderpeople writer/director Taika Waititi, has been received rather snootily in certain quarters, despite a recent Best Picture Oscar nomination. Quite honestly I can’t understand why. Yes, this offbeat tale of Jojo – … Continue reading

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Film Review – 1917

Twenty years ago, Sam Mendes won a hatful of Oscars – including Best Picture and Best Director – for American Beauty. This year, he looks set to repeat that trick with 1917; an all-in-one-take, tense, thrilling, rigorously cinematic World War … Continue reading

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