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…

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…

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…

Sundance 2017: Preview

For so many films, the journey begins here. The preparation has been done, the music tweaked, that shot of a neanderthal reality star being inaugurated as President removed because it’s too damn unrealistic. The film is ready for Sundance. But are you ready for the Sundance films? You will be, once you’ve read this preview, featuring…

La La Land Review

What separates a high-quality, enjoyable film from a cinema classic, etched in the public consciousness? Star performances? An unforgettable soundtrack? Resounding, colourful images? This question is a timely one, as La La Land has all three & much, much more; the level of chatter it has created amongst regular and casual movie-goers alike suggests it is…

Top 5: Returning heroes at #LFF

In its 60th edition and boasting 18 different sections, the London Film Festival is the perfect platform for filmmakers to develop their voice. The festival holds a heritage and reputation that promotes those involved, and a range of categories that allows directors to express their stories on almost any topic. Many have come back several…

Sundance London: Goat Review

One of the ways in which the patriarchy will be brought to its knees is through analysing its toxic notions of masculinity. This is a key achievement of Goat, the frat-house drama from director Andrew Neel. And who better to carry this banner than… bubblegum pop pioneer Nick Jonas, of Jonas Brothers fame?! Mind your…

Oscars 2016: Preview

Hollywood’s gilded centrepiece is upon us again, and Tinseltown is tingling with anticipation. This time, though, the focus is rightly (finally) on what is missing; namely ANY nominees of colour in the acting, directing, writing, editing – well, most of the categories. With several high-profile figures including Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith, Spike Lee &…

Top 10: Films of 2015

A bionic renegade leads the charge against a masked warlord. A stunning jazz singer burns all too brightly, a man falls for a machine and a much-loved franchise makes a nostalgic return. And Minions; minions, everywhere. There was so much to see on screen in 2015, but what were the 10 best films of the…