Uncut Gems (2019)

The Safdie Brothers’ latest film is like being punched repeatedly in the face while being spun round on a fairground ride at maximum speed – which is to say that from start to finish it is complete adrenaline rush, if not entirely a comfortable experience. A love letter to the Diamond District of New York…

Now on Netflix: Jezebel (2019)

With her intimate and confident debut feature film Jezebel, writer-director and actress Numa Perrier takes the audience into the early days of the internet, and the story of a young woman starting out in the newly burgeoning cam-girl industry. Perrier’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film is set in the bare apartments and anonymous office buildings of Las Vegas…

Now on Netflix: The Body Remembers When The Body Broke Open (2019)

When a chance encounter on the side of a street brings two young Indigenous women together in a moment of violence, they each are confronted with the different realities they exist in, while living in country that is still coming to terms with it’s violent past towards the First Nations people. Based on an experience…

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Taika Waititi’s latest outing as writer/director, Jojo Rabbit follows a young boy in Nazi Germany, a member of the Hitler Youth with Hitler as an imaginary best friend, whose life turns upside down as the war draws to its conclusion. Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a devoted member of the Hitler Youth and he joyfully runs round…

A Life in August | Film Inquiry

My latest article for Film Inquiry is now live on their site, and it’s a review of a independent Scottish film called A Life in August, written and directed by Haston McLaren. You can find the review here – and be sure to let me know what you think!

Little Women (2019)

Greta Gerwig’s second film, and the seventh adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic book Little Women, is stunning showcase of Gerwig’s talent as a director, and the incredible careers to come for the young cast. Set during the American Civil War in Massachusetts, the exuberant March daughters are living a somewhat diminished existence since…

Parasite (2019)

  Bong Joon-ho’s latest dark, socio-thriller Parasite combines class rage, deception and a scathing view of contemporary Korean society to create a masterpiece in unnerving storytelling, and a strong contender for one of the best films of the year. The Kim family eek out an existence in a cramped semi-basement flat in a poor neighbourhood, finding menial…

Knives Out (2019)

Rian Johnson’s star-spangled, whodunnit mystery is packed with wit, humour and more twists than you can shake a fist at, in an intriguing homage to the detective novel that deserves to become a genre classic. When the Thrombey family gather to celebrate Harlan’s (Christopher Plummer) 85th birthday, little do any of them know that their…