Top 5: Sundance 2018

There’s nothing quite like walking along Main Street, Park City on the first morning of Sundance. The crisp sunshine, the excited chatter, the boundless promise of cinematic adventures, the fact the snow hasn’t seeped into your boots yet… With the 2018 festival now upon us, here are five selections from the ever-fresh programme that the…

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Review

It’s often missaid that films are made for current events; that something is a ‘Trump movie’ or a ‘Brexit picture’. Feature films take years to develop, and are at best usually lucky in their timeliness. Martin McDonagh has been working on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri for eight years after an inspiration that dates back…

Top 10: Films of 2017

Top films of the year lists are like Christmas selection boxes. Not because they include a carefully chosen selection of favourites guaranteed to please, but because everyone’s got one and you’re sick of them by the 2nd week of January. With that in mind, here is the Depends on the Dream Top 10 films of…

LFF2017: First Time Up

What’s the best part of going to a film festival? The endless discussion in the queues? The wealth of talented filmmakers presenting themselves for Q&As and talks? The booze? Close, but no. For me it is the chance of discovering a diamond; of watching a filmmaker’s first offering and knowing you could enjoy their movies…

LFF2017: Brits at home

It’s a weird time to be British, right? Brexit, rising xenophobia, a governing party with the competence of a drunk baby trying to conduct major surgery. And yet we still have our artists. British filmmakers are amongst the finest in the world, & over recent years at LFF have showcased brave, innovative work. This year…

London Film Festival 2017: Catch them first

You can’t start Christmas festivities until Halloween is out the way. But when can you start the Halloween fun? For me it’s after the preceding major event is done, and that’s London Film Festival. The 2017 edition is almost upon us; some of you may not have selected your cinematic gifts, whether for your nearest…

God’s Own Country Review

Dramas about unspoken homosexual love often follow a familiar pattern at the cinema. The human triumph of God’s Own Country, the first film from British director Francis Lee, comes in showing how love is tough to express whatever the sexuality of the afflicted. Set amongst the windswept Yorkshire hills, it depicts two farm workers whose connection…

LFF2017: Female directors

The good news: a quarter of the films at this year’s LFF were directed by women! The bad news: a quarter of the films at this year’s LFF were directed by women. Yes, it’s a step in the right direction, but we’re still a long way off. And no, boneheads, we don’t want an exact…

A Ghost Story Review

I can think of few films that are as distant from their promotional photo, and indeed their title, as David Lowery’s A Ghost Story. We might anticipate a post-modern, self-aware horror; what we get is an original and emotionally profound depiction of love, loss and how humans move through time. Lowery has described the film…

Christopher Nolan: the Bond debate

This week in cinema brings two industry titans back into focus. There is the new Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk, stretching the screen in an IMAX near you now, which is reviewed here. And Monday evening rewarded cinephiles further: James Bond will return, on November 8th 2019 in the US & slightly earlier in his beloved…

Dunkirk Review

It almost goes without saying that Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 10th feature film, is thrillingly good. The motif of Nolan’s work is an astoundingly high quality level. By turning one of history’s most famous battles into a desperate existential drama, he invigorates yet another genre. Watching a new Christopher Nolan film is as good as cinema…

The definitive ranking of Christopher Nolan’s films

You’ve read the rest; now read the best. With the release of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s 10th feature film, this is the perfect time for a look back through, and indeed a ranking of his work up until now. He is the most popular director of his generation amongst cinema-goers, with his signature style and frequently flexible…