Winner of four Oscars including Best Picture, the Palme d’Or at Canne Film Festival and the best foreign language film awards at the BAFTA’s and Golden Globes, Parasite is a film I’ve been greatly anticipating. Even with all the recognition, I wasn’t expecting to love the film quite as much as I did. As funny … Continue reading “You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan at all…” (Parasite review)
Telling a fictional but all too recognisable story, Queen and Slim is a politically fuelled road-trip romance thriller. Self-referenced as the black Bonnie and Clyde, it’s a film rich in topical messages and emotional drama. After their questionable Tinder date, Queen and Slim are driving home when complications with the law arise. After a police … Continue reading “Well, if it isn’t the black Bonnie and Clyde…” (Queen and Slim review)
After the… disappointment (utter car crash) that was Suicide Squad, the best part of that movie finally has her own solo film. Margot Robbie brings the same chaotic energy as the movie’s title character, though the film’s title is far more complex than the final product itself. After the events of Suicide Squad (I think, … Continue reading “Whoa, you’re that psycho chick…” (Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn review)
Starring Matthew Rhys and Tom Hanks, 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' is a semi-biopic telling the story of cynical Esquire journalist who is sent to meet the legendary American star Fred Rogers. With a delicate tone, charming performances and a heart-warming message, it’s a fitting film for today’s climate. The film is based on … Continue reading “Sometimes we have to ask for help… and that’s okay…” (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood review)
From the creator of ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’, Armando Iannucci brings us his latest project ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’. Not a biopic of the American Magician, it’s the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens timeless novel, and features a fabulously British cast doing fantastically British things. A modern take … Continue reading “I’ve been attempting to learn gentlemen’s humour from a book…” (The Personal History of David Copperfield review)
In an age where sexual harassment is finally beginning to be addressed in the highest places, ‘Bombshell’ tells the accounts of several women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for misconduct. Shot like a documentary, it’s a film that is stylistically reminiscent of last years ‘Vice’, though it’s not quite … Continue reading “Someone has to speak up. Someone has to get mad…” (Bombshell review)
After practicing with the opening sequence of Spectre, director Sam Mendes brings us a relentless WWI film that appears to all take place in one shot. A breathtakingly visceral film, it proves what an accomplished voice in cinema Sam Mendes is.
Joining the likes of ‘The Producers’ and ‘The Great Dictator’, ‘Jojo Rabbit’ is that rarefied comedy that decides to tackle Hitler and the Nazi’s. Despite it being a dangerously easy topic to make a wrong step with, director Taika Waititi has created another film that perfectly walks the line between comedy and emotion without ever causing offence in the wrong way.
Guy Richie returns to his gangster roots with 'The Gentlemen', an action crime comedy with all the hallmarks of a classic gangster brit-flick; a stellar cast, an intriguing story, drugs, crime, ridiculous nicknames and an unbelievably gratuitous use of the c-bomb.
With my summing up of the year done, I think it’s probably time I start my annual ranking. Before we get into it, there will be omissions due to me not having seen every film released this year. It should be pointed out that I am also very easily scared, so haven’t yet braved horror … Continue reading The Best and Worst of 2019 in Film