A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Sebastián Lelio’s 2017 melodrama A Fantastic Woman allows Daniela Vega to shine in a story of loss, grief and self-identity, leaving little doubt that she is a true talent. When Marina’s boyfriend Orlando (Francisco Reyes) die suddenly on the night of her birthday, her life is turned upside down in a matter of minutes. One moment she…

Now on Netflix: Faces Places (2017)

Following the New Wave filmmaker and icon’s death last month, it seems an appropriate time to revisit some of the films of Agnès Varda. Faces Places (or Visages Villages in the original French) is a collaboration between Varda and the artist JR, who combines photography and street art to create enormous murals often on the sides of…

Now on Netflix: God’s Own Country (2017)

When God’s Own Country was released, numerous publications referred to it, rather unimaginatively, as ‘Britain’s Brokeback Mountain’. While I’m not dismissing either film, comparing them to each other – for the only apparent reason that they feature a gay couple and farms – does both a disservice. After all, how many films featuring straight couples…

Free Fire (2017)

If any of you saw my guest post for Lucie Rose a few months ago, you’ll know that Free Fire was one of the top 5 films I was looking forward to this year. And it did not disappoint.  Set in 1970s America in a single warehouse on the outskirts of Boston, Free Fire focuses…

Get Out (2017)

After seeing the trailer for this back before Christmas I’ve been both looking forward to this, and worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it – mostly due to my immense dislike of horror films.  But Get Out is so much more than your average horror film – I’d argue that despite its trailer’s image and the…

T2 Trainspotting Review

I finally got around to watching the new Trainspotting sequel last week, and it did not disappoint. The original 1996 film was a massive cultural phenomenon, a shift away from the period costume dramas that dominated most of the British film industry in the 1980s and early 1990s. Even if you didn’t come of age during the…