Cinema Rediscovered 2019 – Renewal and Reflection

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

SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Funny yet thought-provoking” – Hail Satan? (2019)

The question mark seems apt. “Hail Satan” isn’t particularly a phrase you here everyday and yet it is the slogan of The Satanic Temple. Recognised as a church, this observational … Continue reading SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Funny yet thought-provoking” – Hail Satan? (2019)

SUNDANCE REVIEW:”A Glossy, Well Put Together Comedy” – Late Night (2019)

Late Night is a glossy, well put together comedy, but it’s slick Hollywood outer shell shouldn’t be mistaken for conventionality. Mindy Kaling’s signature quirky humour, and the underlying commentary about … Continue reading SUNDANCE REVIEW:”A Glossy, Well Put Together Comedy” – Late Night (2019)

SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real” – ‘Apollo 11’ (2019)

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Perhaps one of the most famous phrases ever said by a human. Apollo 11 puts this iconic moment into context; mapping the journey to the moon using audio and footage that had been stored in the NASA vaults until now.

SUNDANCE REVIEW: “A Story Told With Complete Honesty” – ‘The Farewell’ (2019)

Billi (Awkwafina), a young Chinese-American woman living in New York, finds out that her beloved Nai Nai (Shuzhen Zhao) is dying of cancer back in China, and that her family … Continue reading SUNDANCE REVIEW: “A Story Told With Complete Honesty” – ‘The Farewell’ (2019)

SUNDANCE REVIEW:”Never Left Satisfyingly Avenged” – ‘The Nightingale’ (2019)

I am writing this review as a way to express some very pent up emotions that director Jennifer Kent’s latest film has thrust upon me. The Babadook has grown to … Continue reading SUNDANCE REVIEW:”Never Left Satisfyingly Avenged” – ‘The Nightingale’ (2019)

CANNES REVIEW: “A Charming Display of Female Friendship and Self-Discovery Within Youth” – ‘As Happy As Possible’ (2019)

Lacking a defined sense of its surroundings, As Happy As Possible (Reves de jeunesse) finds direction in its fantastic women actors. The beautiful surroundings of Southern France flash by as … Continue reading CANNES REVIEW: “A Charming Display of Female Friendship and Self-Discovery Within Youth” – ‘As Happy As Possible’ (2019)

CANNES REVIEW: “Visualised Through A Fluid, Graceful Lens” – ‘And Then We Danced’ (2019)

‘In the traditional world of Georgian dance, a young man is trying to find his footing.’ Writer and director, Levan Akin, provides an immersive romance nestled in the tradition of … Continue reading CANNES REVIEW: “Visualised Through A Fluid, Graceful Lens” – ‘And Then We Danced’ (2019)

BFI FLARE REVIEW: “Praca is Poised To Emerge as a Breakout Director” – ‘Greta’ (2019)

After three Oscar nominations and over 30 prominent film roles, the quote most often attributed to actress Greta Garbo is her iconic Grand Hotel retort: “I want to be alone.” … Continue reading BFI FLARE REVIEW: “Praca is Poised To Emerge as a Breakout Director” – ‘Greta’ (2019)

BFI FLARE REVIEW: “A Reminder That Everyone Needs a Little Bit of Faith” – ‘Tucked’ (2019)

A reminder that “everyone needs a little bit of Faith.” There may not be a more wonderful way to start a film than the iconic first notes of Gloria Gaynor’s … Continue reading BFI FLARE REVIEW: “A Reminder That Everyone Needs a Little Bit of Faith” – ‘Tucked’ (2019)