LFF REVIEW: “One of the best ‘Zom-Coms’ going” – ‘Little Monsters’ (2019)

“Moments of sincerity that push this above other horror comedies” Since her Best Supporting Actress win at the Oscars back in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has been crying out for a lead role that can showcase her talents fully. Her work in Queen of Katwe and Black Panther…

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REVIEW: “The Potential For Some Truly Dazzling Imagery Goes Somewhat Unfulfilled” – ‘Bunuel In The Labyrinth of the Turtles’

“For anyone with an interest in the life of Bunuel or the European surrealists of the early 20th century.” As a medium where almost anything can be depicted, animation seems like the perfect tool for surrealism, and as such has been utilised by filmmakers ranging from David Lynch to Hayao Miyazaki. Luis Bunuel, despite the…

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REVIEW: “An arrow perfectly aimed at the 1%” – ‘Ready or Not’ (2019)

★★★★ “Punchy political satire with captivating performances” If you think you know where Ready or Not is heading, look behind you and reload your antique hunting weapon, because you’ve got a long night ahead of you. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s Ready or Not nudges the bounds of the horror-comedy genre to produce a laugh-out-loud…

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REVIEW: “Sixties Power That Holds Itself Back” – ‘Woodstock or Bust’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ “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 can think about. That, and getting high. It’s here we meet Lorian (Willow Shields) and Meryl (Meg DeLacy), an ambitious duo who crave more than…

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REVIEW: “Short, Sweet and Deliciously Hammy” – Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

★ ★ ★ ★ “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 the content is as ludicrous as the notion that they would even consider funding it. And thank God they did. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is…

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REVIEW: “Doesn’t Quite Reach The Previous Levels Of Creativity” – ‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 (2019)

★ ★ ★ “Strong, affecting concepts give way for repetition and mostly confusing tones”. Contains spoilers for Season 3 of Black Mirror. The problem with making another season of social thriller Black Mirror was always going to be that the first twenty episodes are so brilliant. How do you follow up the terrifying ingenuity of…

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REVIEW: “A Love Letter To Truffaut” – ‘A Faithful Man’ (2018)

The impact of the French New Wave on the stylistic development of cinema is almost immeasurable. While more recognizable formal elements associated with the movement like jump-cuts and non-linearity can be easily identified, the youthful spirit that characterizes the work of directors like Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, and Jacques Demy can be felt in genres…

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REVIEW: “Refrains From Re-Treading Old Ground” – ‘Toy Story 4’ (2019)

In Toy Story 4, the toys are on a road trip with their new owner Bonnie, who we met at the end of the last film. Out of the whole gang, Bonnie’s most beloved toy is Forky, a toy she made from bits of old rubbish during her kindergarten orientation day. Forky is extremely nervous,…

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REVIEW: “A Subject Struck With Gold” – ‘Life In the Doghouse’ (2018)

To begin with, I will admit, with a heavy heart: Life In The Doghouse is not an outstanding documentary. The film finds itself abiding to a generic documentary style that does not make heads turn. However, and I cannot stress this enough, Life In The Doghouse has struck gold with its subject. Danny and Ron’s…

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REVIEW: “Say No to the Dress!” – ‘In Fabric’ (2019)

What if the dress fits too well to say no? This is precisely what happens in Peter Strickland’s horror-comedy In Fabric. A beautiful red dress with a deadly curse is passed from person to person during the department store, Dentley & Stoper’s, busy winter season. The film centers the story of Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), who…

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