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…

Mustang Review

The protagonists of Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s excellent Mustang are making the transition from childhood through adolescence, towards adulthood. It is one that turns each of us into individuals, with our own experiences bringing out a personality unique to us. And yet it is one we all make, and as such we can recognise parts of the…

Top 5: Leonardo DiCaprio

Well you know what they say – sixth time lucky! On Sunday the Academy satisfied a meme that began before memes were a thing, by awarding Leonardo DiCaprio the Best Actor award for his performance as frontiersman Hugh Glass in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s revenge drama The Revenant. Whether or not he deserved it this year…

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 &…

TrailerTime: Room

As awards season really kicks into gear, there are few titles taking up as much speculative space as Room. Directed by Frank‘s Lenny Abrahamson, it is Emma Donoghue’s adaptation of her own 2010 novel. Taking its idea from the horrifying Josef Fritzl case, it is narrated by Jack, a young boy who has spent all his life in Room and turns…