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…

Now on Netflix: Blindspotting (2018)

  A lyrical ode to the city of Oakland, Blindspotting expertly dissects gentrification, race and police brutality and the issues surrounding two young men finding themselves in a neighbourhood that they no longer understand. Vibrant, colourful and Shakespearean, under the direction of Carlos López Estrada, the tale of two old friends navigating life in the rapidly gentrifying…

Roma (2018)

  It’s been hailed as one of the best films of the year by multiple critics and film organisations and is no doubt leading the way in terms of Oscar buzz. Alfonso Cuarón’s tale of a young maid in a middle class neighbourhood as Mexico’s “Dirty War” between the right-wing government and left-wing student and…

Now on Netflix: Wind River (2017)

A young woman runs across an empty, snow-covered tract of land, the moon shining cold and unforgiving above her. She stumbles, coughing blood into the pure white ground beneath her. A title card states that this film is inspired by true events before fading to black. So begins Taylor Sheridan’s neo-Western thriller Wind River. Following the discovery…

Now on Netflix: Been So Long (2018)

Netflix’s slew of original films over the past few years have been on the whole, well received – unless you’re part of the Cannes Film Festival administration of course – but until recently they hadn’t produced a musical. Enter Been So Long, a joyful, complex and colourful exploration of love and life in London in 2018, based…

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…

Now on Netflix: To All The Boys I Loved Before (2018)

  There’s a long list of iconic coming of age films: Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless and Easy A, to name but a few. Netflix’s new release To All The Boys I Loved Before is yet another that deserves to be added to that list. Adapted from Jenny Han’s 2014 novel…

Now on Netflix: Good Girls (2018-)

Something a little different today as I’m going to be writing about Good Girls the new Netflix original TV show. You may or may not have seen the trailer, three suburban women all desperate for money in different ways decide to rob a local supermarket. All they need is one big payout and then they’re done. Or…