Short Film Saturdays: “Art Battle”

Rating: ★★★★ Today’s short is a 15 minute long documentary that follows one of Manchester’s biggest and best art events, known as Art Battle. For a while, the founders of the event chose to keep out of the spotlight… until now! Sophie and John have taken us as an audience behind the scenes for the very first time, showing us just how much work goes … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Art Battle”

A critique of toxic workplace culture: my thoughts on “Broken Ceiling”

Rating: ★★★★ We’ve all had to endure conference calls at work, and we all know how boring they can be. When I realised that Broken Ceiling takes place almost entirely within a conference call, I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to keep my attention for a full hour and a half. However, I’m pleased to say I was wrong! Broken Ceiling is Adam Davis’ first … Continue reading A critique of toxic workplace culture: my thoughts on “Broken Ceiling”

Marvel Fans, Assemble! My thoughts on Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. London

I don’t blend in very well do I?   Last month, I had the chance to attend the latest interactive experience at the ExCeL London. As a Marvel fan and big ol’ nerd, Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N was right up my street and I was excited to see what was in store for me. The name is an acronym for ‘Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network’. … Continue reading Marvel Fans, Assemble! My thoughts on Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. London

Disappointingly Average: A review of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

Rating: ★★ 1/2 I love The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. The Swedish films are excellent and David Fincher’s US adaptation was a decent watch too. Lisbeth Salander is such an iconic and well-written character, so her return to the big screen was met with much anticipation. With a new cast and new story I was looking forward to seeing it, catching a Limitless preview screening … Continue reading Disappointingly Average: A review of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”

My thoughts on the 2018 Palme d’Or winning film “Shoplifters”

Rating: ★★★★★ Last month I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Shoplifters, following its huge success at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, and follows a large, multi-generational family who are living on the brink of poverty. They live in a cramped, very basic apartment in the heart of Tokyo, where those able to work all band … Continue reading My thoughts on the 2018 Palme d’Or winning film “Shoplifters”

Short Film Saturdays: “A Blind Alley” (LKFF)

This review references sexual assault. Reader discretion advised. Rating: ★★★★ The second film I’m reviewing from the Women’s Voices Shorts Programme is Oh Su-yeon. Running at 27 minutes, A Blind Alley follows school friends Moonyoung and Eunjae, after Moonyoung suffers a traumatic incident and becomes withdrawn. She hides it from Eunjae, refusing to confide in her for most of the film. This short does an excellent job … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “A Blind Alley” (LKFF)

LKFF Review: “Breathless”

  Rating: ★★★ 1/2 Breathless is probably one of the most uncomfortable experiences I’ve ever had at the cinema. Shot in 35mm and riddled with close-ups, every punch, kick and act of violence is presented to us very explicitly. It was first released in 2008, but played at this year’s London Korean Film Festival with director and actor Yang-Ik Joon present for a Q&A. Hearing Yang … Continue reading LKFF Review: “Breathless”

Short Film Saturdays: “Playground” (LKFF)

This review references sexual abuse. Reader discretion advised. Rating: ★★★★ Choi Cho-ah’s Playground featured in the Women’s Voices Shorts Programme, running at 29 minutes. The film follows new nursery teacher Si-eun as she struggles with a past sexual trauma and witnesses inappropriate behaviour from one of the boys in the class towards a girl, Seolha. Whilst it deals with some incredibly dark, personal themes, it does so … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Playground” (LKFF)