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

Women Make Film Review: A Colossal, thrilling journey through film

In many ways, 2019 felt like a tsunami in cinema. It was a watershed moment. Female directors were directing brilliant pictures left, right and centre. Lulu Wang's The Farewell , Greta Gerwig's Little Women and Celine Sciamma's Portrait of a Lady on Fire were all on the tips of film critics' tongues and many featured in "Best of 2019" lists. There … Continue reading Women Make Film Review: A Colossal, thrilling journey through film

Five Hidden Gems of German Cinema – The Everyday Article

German cinema isn't often something that piques people's interest. Often lambasted for being too dark, depressing or in all honesty, not really that good, German cinema is often avoided. But wait! It's not all that! German-language cinema is honest, earnest and quiet and something you may be missing out on. In this past decade alone … Continue reading Five Hidden Gems of German Cinema – The Everyday Article

GoodFellas Review: Mafia Mob Glamour

Directed by: Martin Scorsese Starring: Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci Released in: 1990 GoodFellas is a popcorn-munching, rollercoaster ride. This statement is probably something that Martin Scorsese would not agree with. The plot trajectory is very similar to his 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street , a film which luxuriated in its own garish display of … Continue reading GoodFellas Review: Mafia Mob Glamour

The Assistant Review: Claustrophobic workplace sexism, expertly crafted

Directed by: Kitty Green Starring: Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Dagmara Domińczyk Released in: 2019 "We could use more women producers. I can see you've got what it takes. [...] So why are you following up on this bullshit?" There is nothing more cutting than Matthew Macfadyen's words in Kitty Green's The Assistant .Macfadyen plays Wilcock, head of … Continue reading The Assistant Review: Claustrophobic workplace sexism, expertly crafted

Platoon Review – A Breakdown of Wartime Brotherhood

Directed by: Oliver Stone Starring: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger Released in: 1986 A poster for this film hung on the wall of my GCSE classroom. The bloodied image of Willem Dafoe and the words "the first casualty of war is innocence" forced you to reevaluate authoritative, demanding Kitchener whose poster hung opposite. The … Continue reading Platoon Review – A Breakdown of Wartime Brotherhood