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.
Over the course of film history, audiences have become accustomed to the medium tackling difficult issues that aren’t always easily articulated. While mental health/ illness is not yet a fully comfortable subject that media feels confident in tackling maturely, we’ve seen numerous movies made about slavery, racism, homosexuality… the list goes on. Many films have done… Continue reading Preview: The Town of Light (PS4 version).
“Now, some people are saying that the result of this trial will threaten free speech. I don’t accept that. I’m not attacking free speech. On the contrary, I’ve been defending it against someone who wanted to abuse it. Freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want. What you can’t do is lie and… Continue reading Denial.
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.
Elle, a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert in a role for which she’s become a surprising front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Actress, has quickly become one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Unfortunately, as it’s not due for release in the UK until March… Continue reading Preview: Elle.
I’m one of those people who needs to write. I’d go so far as to say my health – perhaps my very survival – depends on it. That isn’t me trying to sound melodramatic. No, I, like many other writers, consider writing not simply a hobby or a method of making money, though it can… Continue reading An Open Mind is a Learning Mind.
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.