★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “It’s the story of a boy who, despite every obstacle thrown at him, does not give up” Blinded by the Light follows the story of Javid … Continue reading REVIEW: “Escapism at its Finest!” – ‘Blinded by the Light’ (2019)
The 25th to the 28th July saw Cinema Rediscovered take over Watershed in Bristol for the fourth year. This fast-growing festival, focused primarily on revival and archival cinema, is one … Continue reading Cinema Rediscovered 2019 – Renewal and Reflection
★ ★ ★ “Rooted in sixties power but doesn’t quite fill its potential” It’s 1969. Flower power is all the rage and ideas of changing the world are all anyone … Continue reading REVIEW: “Sixties Power That Holds Itself Back” – ‘Woodstock or Bust’ (2019)
★ ★ ★ ★ “It’ll inspire nostalgia for nights you can’t remember and a longing for more you’ll live to regret.” “You know how it is. Saturday Afternoon. You wake … Continue reading REVIEW: “Wild, messy and utterly brilliant” – ‘Animals’ (2019)
★★★★★ “A beautiful tribute to a remarkable woman.” With the wind in her face, Agnès Varda’s soft voice cuts through all other noise. The short woman leans on her stick … Continue reading REVIEW: “A Tender Goodbye” – ‘Varda By Agnès’ (2019)
“Forget “strong female character.” Aim for: “Woman or girl with agency.” One who makes decisions, affects the story, pushes the plot.” – Chuck Wendig I came across this excellent quote … Continue reading Flipping The Script Upside Down: Women And Girls With Agency In Stranger Things Season Three
It’s common to scroll through the LGBT section of popular streaming sites and feel defeated about what you see. If it’s not films you’ve already seen, it’s often the same five generic-looking gay and lesbian films with sad, skinny white people standing in front of a sunset on their posters. Maybe you can just watch Carol for the twentieth time on Netflix, but wouldn’t it also be great to change it up a bit? To see a gay protagonist in a horror film or an animated movie with a queer child character at its center? For that post Pride Month itch for on-screen representation, here is a list of five of some lesser known LGBT films in a variety of genres – all conveniently under 95 minutes!
★ ★ ★ ★ “If you enjoy a bit of tongue in cheek humour, this special keeps the tongue securely clamped down.” Netflix has slapped down a thirty-two-minute-long special in which … Continue reading REVIEW: “Short, Sweet and Deliciously Hammy” – Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein
In its current form, Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story is probably only worth a watch for people who were already fans of Kathy prior to the controversy. It’s fun and insightful, but ultimately just another stand-up special – even if it is a stand-up special with a unique backstory.
There’s plenty of teenage kicks in summer flicks, with the good ol’ wet hot summer having always been the backdrop for young love. Summer holidays are portrayed as a pivotal … Continue reading Summer Lovin’: Romantic and Sexual Liberation in Coming of Age Films
We’ve been told about the rise of a new genre of horror in the past few years – ‘elevated’ horror, which is supposedly a bit smarter, intellectual and above the … Continue reading Down With Elevated Horror
★ “A mean-spirited coming-of-age film that is never funny” What’s the worst thing about Dirty Girl? Is it Juno Temple as Danielle, the “dirty girl” proclaimed by the title? Surely … Continue reading REVIEW: “Never Speak of This Abomination Again” – ‘Dirty Girl’ (2010)
An exhale. That is what the inexplicable fourth episode of Black Mirror’s third season starts with, released dreamily as the heady rush of an ocean at night cascades into view. … Continue reading San Junipero: On Seeing Yourself, Loving Someone Else, and Letting Go