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…

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…

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…

Carol Review

The glorious first shot of Todd Haynes’ Carol sets the tone for the majesty of what is to come. Opening on intricate lines that we cannot quite identify, the camera pans back to show them to be a street drain. It rises further, swooping over the bustle of New Yorkers fighting the winter chill, before coming to rest…

Paris

In April this year, less than three months after the cowardly attacks on Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in France, my family and I visited Paris. We went to celebrate my dad’s birthday and spend time with my brother, who was studying there for the year. It was a wonderful few days; we ate in great…

Six Brilliant Coming of Age Movies

Originally posted on The Bechdel Test Fest:
In a world where even the youngest are obsessed with movies, coming-of-age stories are more relevant and diverse than ever before. This is excellent for all who watch films: it is by seeing how others live that we learn about ourselves. Ahead of Bechdel Test Fest’s Little Women,…

International Women’s Day: 10 great film performances since 2010

On days such as today, it can feel like we are getting somewhere in the quest for gender equality. The sheer number of people talking about International Women’s Day is marvellously encouraging, and while there is still a LONG way to go, I believe we’re headed in the right direction. When we get ‘there’, we…

Jessica Ennis, Ched Evans & why standing up is important

EDIT: As of October 14th 2016, Ched Evans has been found not guilty of rape upon appeal. A court of law has found insufficient evidence to convict him of this crime. I still stand wholly with victims of rape & sexual assault, and the brave people who support them. I believe you. ——————————————— Olympic gold…

Downton Abbey S5 E2 Review

‘Which is more important – a game of cricket or the loss of a son in the course of his duty’ – the opening of this week’s Downton Abbey employs rhetoric reminiscent of Ian Wright’s warped worldview in The Sun earlier this year. The shadow of the First World War, now over two seasons and…

5 Best Quotes From Emma Watson’s Stunning #HeForShe speech

Have you been online much in the last day? You might well have seen actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson’s remarkable speech at the UN Headquarters in New York. If not, watch it right here, right now: These vital words are brilliantly delivered by someone who, importantly, has a massive global reach. Here at Depends…

Downton Abbey S5 E1 Review

There’s the hound’s bum…and they’re off! Series 5 of TV’s annual aristocrats begins in an entirely familiar vein, like a warm hug from an old, antiquated friend. At first, it seems that nothing has changed – the colouring is brown and fusty, Lord Grantham is concerned about a changing world and of course there is…

The tragedy of Hatem Ben Arfa or: why football fans must demand better.

There were 20 minutes to go, and the game was petering out. In truth it had been from the beginning. My mate had left for more interesting pursuits – tax returns, perhaps, or sleeping. We’d been too late for tickets so I now found myself, surrounded by fellow supporters but alone, watching a desperately dismal…