Film Review: 1917

I wasn’t that excited to see 1917. Firstly, it’s a war film, which as a general rule I don’t get along with: patriotism, toxic masculinity, the waste of human life. And then the cast: stalwart after stalwart of the Serious British Drama Film, pale, male and stale. I despise war narratives that depict the Western […]Read More

Film News: Timothée Chalamet to star in Bob Dylan Biopic

Searchlight Pictures has just closed a deal on Going Electric, in which Timothée Chalamet will play a young incarnation of Bob Dylan as he made the jump from folk to rock music. One can’t help but feel excited about the news. A quick glance at James Mangold’s filmography immediately sets him up as a director […]Read More

The Indiependent’s Top Films of the Decade: Steph Green

120 Beats Per Minute  Robin Campillo’s outstanding 120 Beats Per Minute is a film that stays with you long after the credits have finished rolling. A thudding, loud, fist-clenching, fist-pumping, goosebump-inducing tour de force, it is as harrowing as it is hopeful, bursting with as much love as it is anger. This Cannes Grand Prix […]Read More

Eyes Wide Shut: 20 Years On

In a short documentary that screened prior to the 20th-anniversary re-release of Eyes Wide Shut, Warner Bros. VP Julian Senior reveals how Stanley Kubrick was “fascinated by holidays.” The director, who notoriously developed a fear of flying, just didn’t see the appeal. “What’s the point of holidays? What do they do?” He couldn’t grasp the […]Read More

Film Review: Little Women

Cinema has been a lot this year. We’ve seen Robert Pattinson masturbating furiously in a stinky sea enclave, people burnt alive at a Swedish summer retreat, sad space travel, an imaginary Hitler, doppelganger-horror, pop-terrorism – even a space dungeon with a fuckbox. And so to end the year with quiet naturalism, a U-rated family drama […]Read More

Five Excellent Investigative Podcasts that aren’t Serial or S-Town

If, like me, you devoured the hit podcasts Serial and S-Town and are in desperate need of new material to support your growing career as a detective, fear not. The podcast boom is still well and truly reverberating with many twisty, cerebral and gripping pods still emerging, drawing listeners in with their nuanced and perceptive observations of crimes that […]Read More

Film News: Trailer Released for Pixar’s ‘Soul’

While Disney has been churning out stale, emotionally-lacking remakes of their nineties golden-era films in live action or hyperreal CGI form, film lovers have still been holding quiet hope for their subsidiary company, Pixar, to deliver the fun, nostalgic, and weepy animation we deserve. Enter Soul, an upcoming animation film starring Jamie Foxx and Tina […]Read More

Life of Pie: movie restaurants you can actually visit

Disappointingly, most of the restaurants you see in iconic film scenes are carefully built sets. You can’t enter a twist contest at Pulp Fiction‘s Jack Rabbit Slim’s, get on the guest-list of Dorsia from American Psycho or visit the pastel-hued Mendl’s Bakery from The Grand Budapest Hotel. However, from rom-coms to gangster epics, a surprising […]Read More

Film News: Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci to star in

Filming has just wrapped on an upcoming romantic drama film titled Supernova, starring none other than international treasures Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci. Filmed against the stunning scenery of the Lake District, the emotional-sounding storyline is set to follow long-term couple Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) as they travel across England in their old RV […]Read More

Film News: Casting Announced for Robert Eggers’ Viking Saga ‘The

Since charming horror enthusiasts and regular film fans alike with supernatural indie The VVitch (2015) and soon-to-be-released monochromatic maritime nightmare The Lighthouse (2019), ascending director Robert Eggers has just announced his third feature film to palpable online excitement. The Northman is set to be a viking revenge saga, written by Eggers in collaboration with the […]Read More

London Film Festival Review: Knives Out

From its opening shots, you might be tricked into thinking that Knives Out is going to be your standard whodunnit. Isolated mansion in unspecified location? Check. A score replete with screeching strings? Check. Various creepy trinkets, dolls and weird paintings on the walls? Check. And yet, director Rian Johnson perfectly satirizes this Agatha Christie-esque setting […]Read More

London Film Festival Review: The King

Tonally confused and accidentally hilarious, David Michôd’s big-budget Medieval caper The King is an unbelievably silly film – and only half the cast seem to be aware of it. Starring Timothée Chalamet as King Henry V and Joel Edgerton as Falstaff, we follow King Henry/Prince Hal as he goes from binge-drinking to the battlefield, navigating […]Read More

London Film Festival Review: By The Grace of God

For François Ozon to make a topical clergy-drama after cultivating the moniker ‘monsieur extreme’ was quite an unexpected turn for the man behind films such as 8 Women and Young & Beautiful. Known for his erotic dramas, his move to a fact-driven contemporary film was met head-on and without teething problems, showcasing the undeniable range […]Read More

Film Review: The Goldfinch

Prescient of its awful box-office opening and the swarm of terrible reviews, I went to see one of my most anticipated films of the year, The Goldfinch, with plenty of trepidation. Adapted for the screen from one of my favourite books – Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bildungsroman of the same name – by director John […]Read More