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A Blind Alley follows school friends Moonyoung and Eunjae, after Moonyoung suffers a traumatic incident and becomes withdrawn.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)

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: An honest, captivating and respectful biopic

Rating: ★★★★ Biopics are not easy to perfect and when you’re dealing with an iconic figure such as Freddie Mercury, it becomes even harder. When this film was announced it seemed natural to feel a little bit of apprehension, because could anyone really portray Freddie? Who could bring him to life on screen before thousands of fans? Thankfully, for me at least, my worries were … Continue reading “Bohemian Rhapsody”: An honest, captivating and respectful biopic

The holiday from hell: A review of “Welcome Home”

  Rating: ★★★ 1/2 We’ve all had holidays that didn’t go according to plan, but George Ratliff’s new thriller takes this idea to a whole new level. Welcome Home follows couple Cassie and Bryan as they travel to Italy together. They’ve rented a secluded, spacious home for a few days, so they can spend some quality time together. So far, so simple. However, it’s soon revealed that they’ve … Continue reading The holiday from hell: A review of “Welcome Home”

Short Film Saturdays: “The First Date”

Rating:  ★★★★ 1/2 Running at only 5 minutes, The First Date isn’t wasting any time and I was curious to see how the story would play out. The film follows an unnamed man as he arrives at a restaurant, waiting to meet a woman for a first date. At first he thinks she’s stood him up, but it’s soon revealed something much more sinister is afoot. Director Adam … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “The First Date”