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…

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,…

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (2018)

You either loved or really did not like the original Mamma Mia! (2008) depending on your love for musicals, ABBA songs or the general pure cheese that dominated the summer 2008 box office. The impact and success of the film could not be doubted however, which makes the sequel ten years later even more incredible. In the…

Now on Netflix: The Lady in the Van (2015)

Based on the memoir of Alan Bennett (and written by him) The Lady in the Van is a quiet gem of a film that tugs at your heartstrings. The action begins in the countryside with a black screen as we hear a squeal of brakes and a loud thump as a window screen suddenly shatters…

Incredibles 2 (2018)

I’m not lying when I say I’ve been waiting fourteen years for this film. Watching the original film all those years ago in the cinema with my family, I remember just loving every moment of it, and the DVD has been on hard replay ever since in our house. So when, on Friday, we all…