The Favourite (2018)

  Yorgos Lanthimos’ seventh film, and his third in the English language, is proving to possibly be his most critically successful endeavour yet. Set in the early 18th century and focusing on the reign of Queen Anne, you might be forgiven for assuming that this is just another stuffy period drama that you might end…

Now on Netflix: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

We all suffer from a collective nostalgia when it comes to Richard Curtis films. Love Actually is a Christmas classic – despite some of the creepier story lines – and the portrayal of London’s upper middle classes being in and out of love in the Christmas season makes it a perfect lazy weekend film, or…

Roma (2018)

  It’s been hailed as one of the best films of the year by multiple critics and film organisations and is no doubt leading the way in terms of Oscar buzz. Alfonso Cuarón’s tale of a young maid in a middle class neighbourhood as Mexico’s “Dirty War” between the right-wing government and left-wing student and…

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

It’s the sequel to the family favourite everyone knows and loves, with a sparkling cast and a familiar message of love and optimism. Despite much hand wringing about an update of the original Mary Poppins (1964) ruining the legacy, many of the ingredients of the first film are present in Mary Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt…

Widows (2018)

If you’ve been following me for a while, or know me in real life, you’d know that my excitement for Steve McQueen’s new film Widows has been building for approximately a year now. I even featured it in my Films To Look Forward To: Volume 1 way back in April, and finally, I got to see it last night. Based…

Birmingham Film Festival 2018: Part 1

In it’s third year, Birmingham Film Festival (20th-25th November) has relocated to Millennium Point and is bigger than ever! With over 50 films screening over the five days ranging from clay-mation to documentaries and full length feature films, there is plenty of variety and talent to keep an eye out for. My first visit to…

A Star Is Born (2018)

When the reviews for this film started to come out, full of praise and admiration for yet another imaginative retelling of the story of success and failure in the music industry, I have to admit I was sceptical. It didn’t seem like the type of film I’d enjoy. I am pleased to admit that I…

Now on Netflix: Wind River (2017)

A young woman runs across an empty, snow-covered tract of land, the moon shining cold and unforgiving above her. She stumbles, coughing blood into the pure white ground beneath her. A title card states that this film is inspired by true events before fading to black. So begins Taylor Sheridan’s neo-Western thriller Wind River. Following the discovery…

Now on Netflix: Been So Long (2018)

Netflix’s slew of original films over the past few years have been on the whole, well received – unless you’re part of the Cannes Film Festival administration of course – but until recently they hadn’t produced a musical. Enter Been So Long, a joyful, complex and colourful exploration of love and life in London in 2018, based…

Now on Netflix: God’s Own Country (2017)

When God’s Own Country was released, numerous publications referred to it, rather unimaginatively, as ‘Britain’s Brokeback Mountain’. While I’m not dismissing either film, comparing them to each other – for the only apparent reason that they feature a gay couple and farms – does both a disservice. After all, how many films featuring straight couples…