It’s festival season again, and this year my personal choice, mostly due to circumstance and slightly due to planning, is Toronto. Conveniently it’s also one of the biggest fall film festivals there is. A fair amount of movies premiering here will be found roaming the streets of Hollywood come Oscar time, I can guarantee. With… Continue reading TIFF preview: 15 films I’m excited for.
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.
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.
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.
That a film like I, Daniel Blake won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in a year when radical politics has risen to challenge the establishment is significant. There are those who would try to disregard its bleak vision of a man beaten down by an illogical, unfair and even inhumane system as being ‘unrealistic’, but… Continue reading I, Daniel Blake.
Granted, this piece is almost a month late – in fact I think it’s almost one month to the day when I started writing it – but it’s been a pretty busy time for me lately. This year’s BFI London Film Festival was one of the biggest and best ever. Here I’ll be offering an… Continue reading BFI London Film Festival – Highlights.
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.