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
What a year for film 2019 has been; record breaking box-office successes, terrible Disney remakes, fist-pumping musicals, exciting action, emotional dramas, shocking plot-twists and whatever the hell 'Men In Black: International' tried to be. With that, let’s reminisce about 2019 in film.
In Olivia Wilde’s debut as a feature director, Booksmart is that rare teen comedy that does more than tell a couple of sex jokes about apple pies (too subtle?). Though the film is not as emotionally rich as ‘Eighth Grade’, it still remains a tightly crafted, acutely observed and down-right hilarious coming-of-age comedy.
From director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) comes the 7th adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel 'Little Women'. As someone unfamiliar with the source material, this film was my first interaction with the story, and I found it utterly charming while confirming that Gerwig is a triumphant filmmaker to watch.
I did it. I watched it. I just about survived it. And though I’m scarred, I can at least now brag I survived the worst movie of 2019.
“A thousand generations live in you now”. Luke’s utterance must have also been what J. J. Abrams heard when he was asked to direct the final episode in the Skywalker Saga. Every generation of child, young or old, was waiting to see what he was going to do with the final chapter. The answer? He … Continue reading “A thousand generations live in you now” (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review)