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.
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.
“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.
It’s been a long time since Western audiences were treated to a genuinely unsettling Asian horror movie – a quality many films from that region shared in the early 2000’s. Korean film The Wailing looks like it could be the new one to watch out for. I will be attending a screening on the 30th… Continue reading Preview: The Wailing.
Paterson is quite simply a film about the day-to-day life of a working man, and the normal everyday trials – from walking the dog to mild disagreements with the wife – that the average working class man goes through. No more, no less. Adam Driver plays the title character, who drives a blue bus around… Continue reading Paterson.
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.