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.
It’s a shame that A Cure for Wellness has been, like some other original projects (last year’s The Nice Guys being a recent example), largely disregarded by critics. One might think it’s a film worth ignoring in favour of the newest big budget sequel – say, John Wick Chapter 2, also out now and admittedly good… Continue reading A Cure for Wellness.
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.
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.
Imagine a world in which men had been pushed to the point where they willingly put all of their money on the line in a fight to the death; the winner walking away with everything in the other’s possession. Before starting the fight, you find a quiet area, making sure you’re not followed, and dig… Continue reading Traders.
No doubt, the main selling point of Green Room is the opportunity to see Patrick Stewart playing a ruthless neo-Nazi skinhead with a penchant for violence. From that perspective it doesn’t disappoint; Stewart fits right into this sinister role with ease. Though he has less screen time than people might expect, the time he does… Continue reading Green Room.