‘We shall bore them in the multiplexes.’ ‘Never in the field of (a) human biopic was so much time wasted for so little.’ These are some Winstonian critiques of Churchill, a drama set during the ninety-six hour build-up to D-Day – with some artistic licence – that lacks the scope suggested by the title. It is a showcase for Brian Cox in the title role … Continue reading Churchill – Review
Usually in a movie, there is one scene that tells you why the filmmaker devoted blood, sweat, tears and coffee stains to bring their vision to the screen. In the London-based film, Arifa, it occurs late. Arifa (Shermin Hassan) is at a gym class when the tutor tells her that she can’t leave her bag on the floor. Arifa is incensed. She storms out, stuffs … Continue reading Arifa – East End Film Festival Review
The films of Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki are instantly recognisable. They are minimalist and droll, with humour leaking out like air from a deflating tyre. Actors are often stationary in the frame, or their movements are singular, sitting up or walking then stopping. These movements are followed by a pause – a ‘what next?’ moment. When they speak, they often do so in a resigned … Continue reading The Other Side of Hope – Review
Heal The Living is a visceral experience. It is also an anti-drama that describes the way in which life is out of its characters’ hands. Protagonist, antagonist – these divisions don’t exist. Continue reading Heal The Living – Review
American cinema has produced many fine ‘workplace comedies’ – Office Space, Clerks, The 33 – well, that last supper scene, hallucinated by trapped Chilean miners was kind of funny. The fine ‘workplace horror film’ is in rather shorter supply – only The Exorcist springs to mind. Until that is writer James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) decided to have … Continue reading The Belko Experiment – Review
How much can a reviewer really say about The Transfiguration without entering into spoilers?
It is a vampire film – one with a difference.
The bloodsucker is young Milo (Eric Ruffin), mostly glued to his laptop, watching vampire movies streamed from the internet. He’s a ‘Netflix and Kill’ kind of kid. Continue reading The Transfiguration – Review