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…

Films to Look Foward To: Volume 2

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts, but what better time to reassess and look forward than the new school year? (Yes, I know, it’s October but bear with me). 1. Rafiki A Cannes critical darling, that until just last week was banned in it’s native country Kenya for the portrayal…

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A (2018)

Steve Loveridge’s stunning and evocative documentary of his long time friend Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (aka rapper M.I.A) begins with a question that he poses to the British-Sri Lankan Tamil star. Why isn’t she like a normal popstar? Why don’t I shut the fuck up you mean, she replies with a cutting smile. M.I.A is not…

American Animals (2018)

Bart Layton’s dynamic and energetic American Animals is an intriguing mix of the heist narrative and documentary interviews. Based on the real life exploits of four college age boys in the early 2000s, it follows Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan), Warren Lipka (Evan Peters), Eric Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson) and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner) as they decide to carry out…

The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018)

Desiree Akhavan’s follow up to the acclaimed Appropriate Behaviour (2014) is a coming of age drama set in a gay conversion camp in the rural US during the early years of the 1990s. Chloe Grace Moretz is the titular Cameron, a young woman struggling to understand her sexuality who is sent away to a Christian…

Cold War (2018)

  Fresh from his Cannes win for Best Director in May, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War is beautifully bleak portrayal of a battle scarred Europe following the end of the Second World War. Three artists travel through rural Poland in search of young people who can be moulded into true performers, displaying the vitality of the communist regime,…

Now on Netflix: To All The Boys I Loved Before (2018)

  There’s a long list of iconic coming of age films: Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless and Easy A, to name but a few. Netflix’s new release To All The Boys I Loved Before is yet another that deserves to be added to that list. Adapted from Jenny Han’s 2014 novel…