London Film Festival 2019: Knives Out

Rating: ★★★★★ Due to its ensemble cast, gorgeous aesthetics and whodunit storyline, it’s safe to say that I had high expectations for Knives Out. I’m pleased to report that it surpassed each and every one of them. Rian Johnson’s tale of mystery follows the death of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), which took place after his 85th birthday. Presumed to be a murder, … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Knives Out

Mental Health Mondays: Jaime Burchardt

I’m so happy to be kicking off Mental Health Mondays with a personal essay from someone I really admire. Jaime is a filmmaker and founder of the brilliant Share A Scare campaign, which gives back to some charities. Thank you to Jaime for feeling able to open up and share his relationship with his self-described ‘cinema warrior’. None of this has been edited by me, … Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Jaime Burchardt

London Film Festival 2019: Rare Beasts

Rating: ★★ Directorial debuts are tough, and it gives people a chance to establish their personal style. Sadly for me, Billie Piper’s first film had a style that didn’t sit well with me at all. She was heavily involved in the project; directing, writing and starring in it, but her unique first film is perhaps a bit too quirky. Rare Beasts follows Mandy, a career-driven … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Rare Beasts

London Film Festival 2019: Lynn + Lucy

Rating: ★★★★ The titular characters in Lynn + Lucy are lifelong best friends, and even live opposite each other on the same street. But the film explores tragic circumstances where a bond this strong can swiftly be broken. Lynn (Roxanne Scrimshaw) is a married stay-at-home mum turned hairdressing assistant, who is delighted when her best friend Lucy (Nichola Burley) gives birth to her first child. … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Lynn + Lucy

Introducing: Mental Health Mondays

Earlier today I wrote a tweet introducing you to my new column, but I thought it was right to do a full blog post so you can understand exactly where I’m going with this. There’s only so much you can say on Twitter! What is Mental Health Mondays? For a while, I’ve been thinking of a way to open up a conversation and allow other … Continue reading Introducing: Mental Health Mondays

LGTH Episode 4: Head Injury Films (w/ Harris Dang)

It finally happened! I got the hilarious Harris Dang (he didn’t pay me to say this) on my podcast to talk all things Head Injury Films. We basically spent most of this laughing and taking the piss, but let’s face it, that’s why you’re here right? Enjoy! Follow Harris on Twitter: @FilmMomatic Podcast Intro and Bed by: @watchfiresmitch Podcast Outro by: @TopTenTuesdays Continue reading LGTH Episode 4: Head Injury Films (w/ Harris Dang)

Short Film Saturdays: “Perfectly Natural”

Rating: ★★★★★ Despite not being a parent myself, I am very aware that new mothers and fathers struggle to balance childcare and work. There’s still an obscene amount of societal pressure on people to do parenting ‘right’, whatever that means. Some believe it’s important to keep working, whilst others think mothers should spend as much time as possible with young ones, even if that means … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Perfectly Natural”

Dark comedy at its finest: My thoughts on “Dead In A Week (or your money back)”

This review discusses dark topics such as death and suicide. Reader discretion advised.   Rating: ★★★★ Getting comedy right is difficult enough, let alone trying to do it with sensitive topics. But Dead In A Week (or your money back) hits the nail on the head. After several failed suicide attempts, William (Aneurin Barnard) signs a contract with veteran assassin Leslie (Tom Wilkinson), who promises he’ll … Continue reading Dark comedy at its finest: My thoughts on “Dead In A Week (or your money back)”