Last week I made a quick visit to Dublin for one of the more exciting events in the calendar year. Dublin International Film Festival to be exact. I saw six interesting films while I was there – all of which were foreign releases I caught up on from last year, and each from different countries… Continue reading A few days at DIFF.
Here it is: my provisional list of 2016’s best films. “But we’re already a couple of months into 2017” – a fact of which I am aware, but I don’t feel it entirely necessary to stick to end-of-year timelines for something like this. As you’ll see, I have my reasons for not rushing it. While… Continue reading Best Films of 2016.
I saw Hidden Figures back in early January at a preview screening at Odeon. Since then I’ve been bombarded by trailer after trailer for the film. This wouldn’t be a problem if it were a teaser we were talking about, but no. The final Hidden Figures trailer is the most tragic case of spoiling an… Continue reading Trailer comparison: Hidden Figures and Fences.
(The following article is one I mostly completed last year but haven’t gotten around to posting until now… if there are any discrepancies in the context, that’ll be why. Still, I wanted to publish it here in case anyone finds interest in reading it. One can only hope.) In 2016 we saw what was branded… Continue reading On PED’s in sport.
On paper, Moonlight is a film that faced an uphill battle from the start. This film, perhaps more than any other this year, breaks conventions, and not just for the sake of doing so, but in order to tell its story. That story, and the tiny cast of characters we meet along the way, have… Continue reading Moonlight.
Your Name is one of those films that I feel deserves a bigger international audience than it will get (being a feature-length Japanese ‘anime’). Within a genre known for its rather fantastical concepts, this film still manages to stand out. One might think a Japanese animated movie – the hand-drawn animation here is gorgeous –… Continue reading Your Name.
The surge in ‘political correctness’ in Western society over recent years has helped fuel a push-back from the far right in politics… as well as the rise of extremist groups like ISIS (not that I want to get into war or foreign policy decisions here – but their hatred of our ‘privileged’ Western way of… Continue reading How political correctness helped fuel social discontent and radical politics.