REVIEW: ‘White Lie’ (2019) is Absolutely Enthralling in the Emotions it Provokes

White Lie is an unremitting descent into madness and the spiralling, full-body panic of a lie gone terribly wrong. The film’s directors, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas, have masterfully crafted a thriller in the body of a drama about a university student faking a cancer diagnosis.

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The Timelessness of Space and Intimacy in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005)

2020 has been an extremely long and incredibly weird year, one defined by absence: of precedence, of bureaucratic competence, of any semblance of sanity or normalcy. It has also been—mind-numbingly, infuriatingly—a year defined by excess: of death, of time, of news, and, most notably, of distance. Quarantine, social distancing, masks, lockdowns—the language of separation and…

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REVIEW: ‘Cocoon’ (2020) is Worthy of its Golden Glow

“Krippendorff crafts a stunningly alluring narrative of feminine intimacy” Cocoon (Kokon) is a triumph on the brink of womanhood: a searing portrait of young queerness centred around the lesbian awakening of fourteen-year-old Nora (Jena Urzendowaky). In the sizzling heat of Berlin’s 2018 summer, Nora has many firsts: menstruation, masturbation and smoking marijuana. Yet the core self-discovery of Nora’s…

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INTERVIEW: Amelia Moses Talks Subverting Horror Tropes In ‘Bleed With Me’ (2020)

Still making the rounds at film festivals across the world, Bleed With Me has proven to be a noteworthy debut from writer/director Amelia Moses. In this interview, Moses chats about the making of the film and her love of the horror genre.

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REVIEW: Jim Cummings is Back With a Bite in ‘The Wolf of Snow Hollow’ (2020)

The tightly-wound, violent energy and the spiralling personal drama coexist in ways I’ve not experienced outside of Cummings’ oeuvre.

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REVIEW: ‘American Utopia’ Shows David Byrne Is As Good As He Ever Was

David Byrne has the most calming presence I’ve ever witnessed. 36 years after the ground-breaking Stop Making Sense, David Byrne is still taking our expectations of concerts and theatre, elevating them to a higher level that only a frontman like him could do. Stop Making Sense was more than just a concert, it was performing…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Honeymood’ (2020) Takes Viewers on a Journey to Nowhere

What could have been a fun-filled adventure ends up being a meandering journey through meaningless plot points.

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #11 – Who is the Greatest Universal Monster?

To carry on Spooktober, following on from The Twilight Zone last week, I thought I may as well talk about another horror favourite of mine – which is the Universal Monster Movies. Although I wouldn’t class myself as ‘obsessed,’ my monster pillow, Bela Lugosi pin and various small posters in my room is still more…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘The Disciple’ Explores the Importance of Musical Culture

The Disciple wants you to look back at your own traditions and disciplines

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10 Years Later, ‘Easy A’ (2010) Grapples With a Complex Legacy

Separating the legacy of ‘Easy A’ from Emma Stone’s career is an impossibility: in a way, she is this film’s legacy. The durability of her performance is indisputable—Olive is a star making role, and Stone thrives when given the license to be her full charismatic self. Instead, consider this: has ‘Easy A’ itself stood the test of time? The answer is… complicated.

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