Initially I didn’t think I’d be attending this year’s Belfast Film Festival. I’m currently planning to emigrate and had originally scheduled this for the end of March. But as it happens, I’ll be staying in Belfast for another couple of weeks, and this provides the opportunity to attend my home city’s resident film festival for… Continue reading Preview: Belfast Film Festival 2017.
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.
“Being able to speak freely… is the lifeblood of love.” If I could pick a single quote from Tokyo Godfathers – a 2003 Japanese anime set during the Christmas season – that best sums up its plot and central themes, it would be the one above. It helped to instantly shoot this film up to rank… Continue reading Tokyo Godfathers.
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 original Godzilla, released in Japan in 1954 and rich in thematic influences from the atomic bomb that ended the Second World War, is one of my favourite films; one I can still enjoy today despite its humble special effects. So it should come as no surprise that this is one of my most anticipated… Continue reading Preview: Shin Godzilla.
The BFI London Film Festival has just finished, and only a few days later, another film festival is set to begin in the capital tomorrow evening. This year marks the inaugural London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), showcasing the best of new Japanese and Korean cinema specifically, many of which will be getting their UK… Continue reading Preview: London East Asia Film Festival.
I’ll say it right now; there is an intriguing battle shaping up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards next year. On one hand, the favourite (quite clearly, for a reason I’ll go on to detail); Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a musical about classical Hollywood and the kind of artistic work that the Academy… Continue reading BFI London Film Festival 2016 – preview.