Daisies – An Anarchic Funfair of Chaos

Released in: 1966Directed by: Věra ChytilováStarring: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Češková Unsurprisingly banned by the Czech government for “depicting the wanton”, Daisies is a fantastic film filled with feminist surrealism. This is in the form of two girls sticking up their middle fingers at the communist establishment and the patriarchy. And they have a … Continue reading Daisies – An Anarchic Funfair of Chaos

How Hollywood’s Reboot Obsession is Killing off the Action Heroine

The 2010s were dominated by reboots of old properties. Hollywood likes to tell you that these films aren't reboots - they're "reimaginings" or disjointed sequels. Really they're all the same, and they're just made to make an easy buck. Hollywood has now opted to gender flip the cast of older films, allowing them to put … Continue reading How Hollywood’s Reboot Obsession is Killing off the Action Heroine

The Lake House Review: Only Bullock and Reeves can save this sinking ship

Directed by: Alejandro Agresti Starring: Sandra Bullock, Keanu Reeves, Christopher Plummer Released in: 2006 Fantasy time travel films are a popular take on the romance genre. In this one, there’s a magic time-shifting mailbox, a dog who runs across timelines and the eponymous lake house. But for every intense Sliding Doors, there’s a The Lake … Continue reading The Lake House Review: Only Bullock and Reeves can save this sinking ship

It Follows Review: A homage to 80s horror with a modern twist

Directed by: David Robert Mitchell Starring: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto Released in: 2014 Horror films have evolved into a different beast from what they were in the 1980s. More often than not, the horror aspect is largely a metaphor for the ills of society. This has been magnified in the last decade, with … Continue reading It Follows Review: A homage to 80s horror with a modern twist

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga Review: Charming, but hits a few bum notes

Directed by: David Dobkin Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan Released in: 2020 I’m a big fan of Eurovision. A big fan. I’ve watched it religiously every year since 2009, and I spend the month of May blasting Eurovision classics, from Abba’s Waterloo to Netta’s I’m Not Your Toy. And I was absolutely terrified … Continue reading Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga Review: Charming, but hits a few bum notes

It Happened One Night Review: The cinematic equivalent of a hot cup of cocoa

Directed by: Frank Capra Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly Released in: 1934 Frank Capra’s films are consistently charming. From the Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life to the madcap Arsenic and Old Lace, Capra created warm and fuzzy. Witty, romantic and accompanied by transatlantic accents, his films are delightful. 1934’s It Happened One … Continue reading It Happened One Night Review: The cinematic equivalent of a hot cup of cocoa

7500 review: A nail-biting watch, which unfortunately splutters out

Directed by: Patrick Vollrath Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aylin Tenzel, Omid Memar Released in: 2020 If COVID-19 hasn’t put you off flying, or if you haven’t taken the hippy-esque plunge to stop soaring in the skies, this film might take you for a nosedive. In truth, planes are quite scary places. They are giant birds of … Continue reading 7500 review: A nail-biting watch, which unfortunately splutters out

Mädchen in Uniform Review: A groundbreaking film which still resonates today

Directed by: Leontine Sagan Starring: Hertha Thiele, Dorothea Wieck, Emilia Unda Released in: 1931 Whoever rediscovered Leontine Sagan's film in the 1970s must have felt like an archaeologist, uncovering unknown riches. Filmed in the dying days of the Weimar Republic, Mädchen in Uniform was controversial then and remains brightly progressive today. Famously, Leontine Sagan's film is one … Continue reading Mädchen in Uniform Review: A groundbreaking film which still resonates today