Cannes Review | BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Spike Lee’s new, Grand Prix winning film BlacKkKlansman is damning, too crazy to be fictional, historical drama based on the experiences of Ron Stallworth, an African-American Colorado police officer, who goes undercover with the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Staring John David Washington as the idealistic, somewhat naive Ron, who is determined to change the world,…

Cannes update!

So, I’m currently enjoying the delights of the last 3 days of the Cannes film festival. I’m going to write up full reviews of all the films I’ve seen once I’ve got home, but here are a few of the highlights: Grease on the Beach, introduced by John Travolta Spotting the back of Cate Blanchett’s…

I’m going to Cannes Film Festival!

Today I got some absolutely amazing news! Thanks to Cannes Film Festival’s 3 Days in Cannes competition, I’ve got festival accreditation from 17th-19th of May! I’ve booked accommodation and my flights, and I’m now completely excited about it all! Let me know if any of you are going or are going to be a part…

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War is the end of an era. What was started with Roberty Downey Jr.’s first outing in the metal suit has reached the end of the line. Well, if not the end of the line, more a definitive halt in normal proceedings. The events of Captain America: Civil War have left the Avenger split across the…

Now on Netflix: Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Julie Dash’s first feature film is often associated with it’s position as the first film to be directed by an African-American woman distributed theatrically in the United States. It’s importance as a piece of cinematic history is well documented, it has been added into the United States National Film Registry due to it’s significance. However, Daughters…

Now on Netflix: Nightcrawler (2014)

  Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler was one of those films that seemed to pass me by. I’d seen the trailer, and maybe a couple of adverts, but by the time I went to try to see it in the cinema, it was gone. Luckily for me, it’s now streaming on Netflix. While the whole phenomenon of gruesome and…

Films to Look Forward To: Volume 1

There’s already been a slew of brilliant films so far this year: Black Panther, Phantom Thread, The Square, Lady Bird, The Shape of Water to name but a few, some I’ve seen and some that are currently at the top of my to watch list. However, rather than doing a recap of how great cinema has been to us so…

Grillpoint and The State I’m In: The Berlin School and Realism in Cinema

  The emergence of the Berlin School filmmaking in the early 2000s signalled a shift away from the internationally and financially successful heritage films of the recently united Germany and towards a new type of art house cinema. Andreas Dresen’s Halbe Treppe (Grillpoint) and Christian Petzold’s Die innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In) are…

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 (2017)

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…