Tags : film review

‘Ham On Rye’ — A Woozy, Melancholy Take On Teenagehood:

Adolescence is a strange time: old enough to be aware of your responsibilities, but still aeons away from the mysterious and serious world of adulthood. In this curious new film, a debut feature for writer/director Tyler Taormina, these divisions and differences are given a significance to reflect the heightened teenage emotions. Ham on Rye is […]Read More

‘Hunted’ Is A Brutal Twist On Little Red Riding Hood:

Packed with dread and gore, Hunted makes up for what it lacks in characterisation with a visually stunning cat-and-mouse plot. For the uninitiated, Shudder is an online streaming service that specialises in horror and thriller film and TV. Its most recent original movie is Hunted, a gory and nail-biting journey through the woods that makes […]Read More

Movie Monday: ‘About Endlessness’

Floating through a cloud-filled void, a man and woman embrace; there may be a city below but all that matters is the strength of their humanity before the blankness. The loose, pale clothes may be formal wear, theatrical costumes or evidence of a historical setting, but all that should be relevant drops away with the […]Read More

Music Biopic ‘Schemers’ Fails to Fulfil Its Potential: Review

Don’t be fooled by its vibrant soundtrack—Schemers had the potential to capture the spirit of the Dundee music scene, but instead becomes a vanity project lacking heart or humour In the coastal city of Dundee, Scotland in 1980, cocky fledgling promoter Dave McLean has booked Iron Maiden for a gig that will be remembered by […]Read More

Simple Yet Mesmerising, ‘Away’ Is An Animated Triumph: Review

The further that modern Western animation has strayed from traditional hand-drawn animation, the more it has honed in on one particular aesthetic. The big studios favouring 3D animation want to reflect an identical cartoonish reality. Animation has, in some regards, become monolithic. There are exceptions to this massive generalisation. The Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, […]Read More

‘Pieces Of A Woman’ Is A Harrowing Portrayal Of Grief:

TW: sexual assault, miscarriage, substance abuse (addiction/alcohol) Pieces of a Woman is an intensely personal story of a woman’s life that is upended by the death of her child following a traumatic home birth Harrowing and heart-breaking in tone, director Kornél Mundruczó explores the knotty subject of grief and its detrimental impact on mental health, […]Read More

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Is So Much More Than A

The difficulty stage-to-film adaptations often face is their attempt to justify their own existence beyond the theatre. They struggle to make the most of the new medium while keeping the spirit of the original play intact. With Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, director George C. Wolfe strikes the balance just right, creating a masterclass in sizzling […]Read More

‘Ava’ Already Forgotten About This Film: Review

After countless films have been delayed thanks to COVID-19, the arrival of a new one feels like a momentous occasion—even for standard ‘Netflick’ fare. So, I went into Ava with no expectations other than ‘woo new film!’. I should have just stuck with an old one. Ava follows Jessica Chastain as the titular assassin who, […]Read More

‘Safe Spaces’ Tries Its Best To Make The Offender The

In our post-#MeToo world, Safe Spaces does its best to create a story from the point of view of a naïve teacher defending himself from abuse accusations. But does this work? The film, which is directed and written by Daniel Schechter, focuses on Josh Cohn (Justin Long), a creative writing professor in New York City. […]Read More