Black Panther (2018)

Ryan Coogler has done something extraordinary with Black Panther. In a market that was in very real danger of having superhero fatigue, he has managed to breath new life, energy and a brilliant, exciting vision of a world into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther feels like the beginning of…

Phantom Thread (2017)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, and Daniel Day-Lewis’ final one is a sumptuous, tactile beauty – a quiet enigma that lingers in the mind. Phantom Thread is set in 1950s London where the memories of the post-war austerity have faded into memory, in the quiet polished halls of the House of Woodcock, one of fashionable…

Selma: A Film About Politics or a Political Film?

Something a little different today: this is an essay I wrote last year for a university module about political cinema. It discusses how a film, in this case Selma, can be political for many other reasons other than its content. Enjoy! Ava DuVernay’s political biopic Selma (2014) depicts the months leading up to the Selma to…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We’ve been waiting two years to find out what happened to Rey, Finn and Poe, what was Kylo Ren’s deal, and what exactly Luke was doing on that island. And in all honesty, it was worth the wait.  The film begins immediately after The Force Awakens ended, with Rey with Luke, and the Resistance all…

Film Book Club podcast! 

Quick update!  I appeared this week on the wonderful Film Book Club podcast with the hosts Gary and Jamie, talking about one of my favourite films, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy!  So, if you are dying to hear what my voice actually sounds like, or are looking for a fab new film podcast to listen to, check it out! …

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…