Masters Update

As some of you may or may not know, I’m currently studying for a research masters in Film Studies. I’m still in my first semester, which is mostly background research into various contextual approaches such as Marxism and Barthes and Foucault. So, the mammoth task of writing 25,000-30,000 words by September has yet to begin….

Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

You may have heard of Yorgos Lanthimos from Dogtooth, a film set in a house that no one is allowed to leave, or maybe from his English language debut The Lobster which starred an array of well known talent.  His new, disturbing  and intriguing film Killing of a Sacred Deer will haunt you long after you’ve left the cinema, the previous hour…

The Death of Stalin (2017)

  Armando Iannucci’s new film The Death of Stalin has a lot in common with his famous TV series The Thick of It, exploring the ridiculousness of politicians and their plots, but on a whole other, much darker level. Set in Russian in 1953, the film takes place over roughly a week, as the the close group around Stalin…

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

There’s no denying that we live in an age of superhero movies. From the MCU to the DCEU to Fox backed franchises of other Marvel comics, it can sometimes feel a bit much. And as much as I have enjoyed a lot of the Marvel films, sometimes it feels like you’re just gearing up for…

mother! (2017) Review

I’m usually a pretty positive person. I like look for the upsides in most things – if I watch or read something I haven’t enjoyed, I’ll try to point out a few of the good parts that were worth mentioning. Darren Aronofsky’s widely reviewed and commented on mother! is not a film I can be positive about. It…

Dunkirk (2017)

I saw Dunkirk last night in a packed cinema, and I’m pretty sure my ears are still ringing over 12 hours later. Christopher Nolan’s latest film has all the makings of a blockbuster: a clear cut genre, huge budget and a wealth of star power. Dunkirk however feels a lot different from anything else I’ve…

Baby Driver (2017)

I got the chance to see an advanced screening of Edgar Wright’s latest film yesterday and it did not disappoint. First of all, I should probably state that I am an Edgar Wright fan, with his and Simon Pegg’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz being up there as two of my favourite comedy…

Free Fire (2017)

If any of you saw my guest post for Lucie Rose a few months ago, you’ll know that Free Fire was one of the top 5 films I was looking forward to this year. And it did not disappoint.  Set in 1970s America in a single warehouse on the outskirts of Boston, Free Fire focuses…

Get Out (2017)

After seeing the trailer for this back before Christmas I’ve been both looking forward to this, and worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it – mostly due to my immense dislike of horror films.  But Get Out is so much more than your average horror film – I’d argue that despite its trailer’s image and the…

New Series: 1001 Films I Need to See

As is relatively obvious from the content of this blog as well as my current films studies degree, I love films. However, falling into this line of study in my first year of university means that I haven’t seen many of the ‘classics’ that I really should’ve by now. Which brings me to the book…

T2 Trainspotting Review

I finally got around to watching the new Trainspotting sequel last week, and it did not disappoint. The original 1996 film was a massive cultural phenomenon, a shift away from the period costume dramas that dominated most of the British film industry in the 1980s and early 1990s. Even if you didn’t come of age during the…

Guest Post: 5 Films You Must Watch in 2017

Something a little different this week, as one of my friends from uni asked me to write a guest post for her blog. It’s on 5 films I’m really looking forward to in 2017, and hopefully is a little different from some of the other lists floating around at the moment. Click here to check…