Rating: ★★★ It was difficult to avoid trailers for James Gunn’s Brightburn, and as a result it was difficult to avoid my excitement too. I had very much been looking forward to this one, as I’m always interested in characters that use their powers for evil instead of good. In a similar vein to Josh Trank’s Chronicle, the film follows a teenager who starts to … Continue reading Great lead, average film: My thoughts on “Brightburn”
Rating: ★★★ 1/2 5 years after the release of the first Lego Movie, these lovable characters are back with a brand new adventure. I had such a blast with the original so I was interested to see how they’d continue the story. In The Lego Movie 2 the residents of Bricksburg are faced with a new threat, soon seeing the city they love destroyed by aliens from Duplo. … Continue reading ♫ This review’s gonna get stuck inside your… ♫ : My thoughts on “The Lego Movie 2”
Rating: ★★★★★ To this day, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are still regarded as one of the greatest comedy duos. Their acts used slapstick comedy, cartoon violence and song to delight audiences. From 1927 all the way up to 1955, they performed these acts together both on screen and on stage. Something that really made me smile about Stan & Ollie was the fact that both Steve … Continue reading A stunning portrait of friendship and comedy: My review of “Stan & Ollie”
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”
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”
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
This month I was invited to the London preview of Padre, a new film by Italian director Giada Colagrande. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and a pleasure to spend it with so many likeminded film fans. The event took place at Regent Street Cinema, a venue I hadn’t been to before but look forward to visiting again soon. Of course, a highlight of the … Continue reading Lucy Goes To Film Screenings: “Padre” Q&A and meeting Willem Dafoe!
Rating: ★★★★ Yes, I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t really the kind of film I’m particularly fond of. Everything about it screams ‘cheesy rom-com’, just look at that poster. But, I’m happy to say I walked away from this film feeling so glad that I had watched it. This is a classic example of not judging a film by its poster or trailer, as it … Continue reading A Rom-Com with Substance: My thoughts on “Crazy Rich Asians”