Of the films I’ve seen at TIFF thus far, two stand out as ready to go head-to-head with Dunkirk in the main categories at the Oscars early next year. I’ve already said previously I expect The Current War to be nominated for Best Picture, but it will more than likely just be there to make… Continue reading Breathe and The Shape of Water are set to become firm Oscar favourites.
Columbus is essentially a film about parental issues with a side of architecture; how relatives can hold us back without realising it; the importance of moving on from relationships, and learning to live for yourself rather than in someone else’s shadow. Characters here deal with situations in realistic, honest fashion, as well written as any… Continue reading Contrasting architecture and relationships in Columbus.
The grey, dull, dreary atmosphere of a typical cloudy afternoon in the north of Britain makes the perfect setting for British independent drama/ horror The Ghoul. This isn’t a fun movie by any means, but it’s one that feels unique and special in its own right. Perhaps you aren’t in any way familiar with the depressive,… Continue reading The Ghoul.
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.
Now, this is a very interesting, potentially awkwardly hilarious and sinister horror movie due to be released in the US next February. The directorial debut from actor/ writer Jordan Peele, Get Out has been described (in his own words) as “a horror movie, but with a satirical premise”. He’s also talked about the fascination he… Continue reading Preview: Get Out.
Under the Shadow is an internationally co-produced (UK/ Jordan/ Qatar) horror film that has been selected as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Set in 1980s war-torn Tehran during the Iran-Iraq conflict, it follows levelheaded mother Shideh and daughter Dorsa as they become increasingly unsettled not only by… Continue reading Under the Shadow.
The Ridley Scott-produced Morgan, directed by his son Luke (in what is his directorial debut) and starring Kate Mara in the leading role, has been garnering a negative reaction from critics… it’s not hard to see why. On the surface it looks like another generic science fiction movie in which a science experiment funded by… Continue reading Morgan.