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: The Lady in the Van (2015)

Based on the memoir of Alan Bennett (and written by him) The Lady in the Van is a quiet gem of a film that tugs at your heartstrings. The action begins in the countryside with a black screen as we hear a squeal of brakes and a loud thump as a window screen suddenly shatters…

Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

You may have heard of Yorgos Lanthimos from Dogtooth, a film set in a house that no one is allowed to leave, or maybe from his English language debut The Lobster which starred an array of well known talent.  His new, disturbing  and intriguing film Killing of a Sacred Deer will haunt you long after you’ve left the cinema, the previous hour…

The Death of Stalin (2017)

  Armando Iannucci’s new film The Death of Stalin has a lot in common with his famous TV series The Thick of It, exploring the ridiculousness of politicians and their plots, but on a whole other, much darker level. Set in Russian in 1953, the film takes place over roughly a week, as the the close group around Stalin…

mother! (2017) Review

I’m usually a pretty positive person. I like look for the upsides in most things – if I watch or read something I haven’t enjoyed, I’ll try to point out a few of the good parts that were worth mentioning. Darren Aronofsky’s widely reviewed and commented on mother! is not a film I can be…

Guest Post: 5 Films You Must Watch in 2017

Something a little different this week, as one of my friends from uni asked me to write a guest post for her blog. It’s on 5 films I’m really looking forward to in 2017, and hopefully is a little different from some of the other lists floating around at the moment. Click here to check…

Welcome to the Punch – Film Review

Welcome to the Punch  has all the ingredients of a great film: with the combination of a plot involving detective forced to work with his enemy, and a stellar cast including Mark Strong, James McAvoy and Peter Mullan that should all but guarantee a hit, right? Although the film is exciting at points, with the…

My Top 5 Films

I haven’t been able to get to the cinema recently, and my free time seems to have been spent trying to sort out things with my new house, so I decided that I’d do a quick post on my favourite films, to keep this blog as active as possible. These films are in no particular…

Goodbye Lenin! Film Review

Now that uni has finally finished for the summer, I decided to get round to making a dent in the 1001 Films to See Before You Die book. After watching the excellent Deutschland 83 TV series earlier in the year, Goodbye Lenin! (2003) seemed like it would be another interesting viewpoint on German Unification, especially seeing as I am…