Call Me By Your Name: Review

Call Me By Your Name is a mesmerising, sun-drenched masterpiece of romantic coming-of-age cinema and possesses a raw, soulful energy that solidifies it as my personal favourite film of the year thus far. Central to what is considered the third instalment of director Luca Guadagnino’s ‘desire’ trilogy, preceded by 2009’s I Am Love and 2015’s A Bigger Splash, is…

A Ghost Story: Review

A Ghost Story is the newest collaborative output from writer and director, David Lowery, and A24, whose releases in recent years have been nothing short of fantastic. With such an ingenious concept and the input of a production company who champion individuality and uninhibited creativity, this particular release had been on my radar for months….

The Holy Mountain (1973): Classic Review

If you’re familiar with the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s you’ll be no stranger to the strange and hallucinatory imagery which characterises his filmmaking style. Amongst his best known classics, namely his 1970 acid western El Topo and 1989 avant-garde circus horror Santa Sangre, lies The Holy Mountain. The film, which was Jodorowsky’s third feature length picture, in some…

Discussing the works of Sofia Coppola

In anticipation of one of 2017’s most anticipated films, The Beguiled, which is hot on the lips of both ardent filmgoers and Cannes critics alike, I was keen to write a few words about its director, Sofia Coppola, and her suitably beguiling body of work, her impact on myself as a viewer, and her ongoing influence…

20th Century Women: Review

20th Century Women has a certain melancholic euphoria about it that I can’t quite articulate with words. A soul-cleansing, masterful tapestry of multi-faceted characters and their experiences, the film’s beauty is characterised predominantly by Mike Mills’ exceptional screenplay. Based in part on his own mother, Mills pens an enriching and captivating amalgamation of scenes, woven together by…

The Salesman: Review

Following his critically-acclaimed 2011 marriage drama, A Separation, Asghar Farhadi is a director whose name has been at the forefront of world cinema for some years now. Fuelling his noteworthy presence even further was his decision to boycott this year’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony on account of Donald Trump’s ban on travellers entering the US from seven…

Toni Erdmann: Review

Oh Toni Erdmann, where oh where do I start? Maren Ade’s German language dark comedy, Toni Erdmann, is an exercise in sheer brilliance; outlandish, nihilistic and hilarious in its approach to the events surrounding the strange relationship between career-driven business consultant, Ines (Sandra Hüller) and her estranged father, Winifried (Peter Simonischek). This film was a complete breath of fresh…

Jackie: Review

Pablo Larraín’s Jackie is both stunning and startling in its painful, yet illuminating take on the life and experiences of perhaps America’s most noteworthy First Lady, Jackie Kennedy, in the wake of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. There is so much to admire about the director’s careful assembly of elements that produce a film which captures both…

Silence: Review

From the silence unfolds the sound of insects, rainfall, chirping birds and wind whistling through the hills: nature’s very own cacophony. From this rich canopy of sounds emerges the familiar husk of the voice of Liam Neeson, or rather, Father Ferreira as he is known here. He introduces us to the premise of Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited Silence, as…

Days of Heaven (1978): Classic Review

When viewing the earlier work of any director, it is often interesting to note the creative hallmarks and tendencies manifested within their films which later went on to define their directorial style. Terence Malick is no exception to this, with earlier works like 1974’s Badlands and the subject of this very review, Days of Heaven exemplifying the grandiose…

2016 in Review: Top 10 Films

‘It’s a sad and beautiful world’ – Jim Jarmusch Here we are at the end of what has been a hugely exciting year for film. I feel as though some of the best were saved until last, but from beginning to end there have been some real gems this year, and what pleases me most is how original and distinctive…

Nocturnal Animals: Review

Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is surely a contender for being one of the most beguiling, well-crafted and explosively gripping films of 2016, containing some of the year’s most outstanding performances and one of its most original narrative structures. My first time viewing it was an intense and truly memorable cinema experience, and one I haven’t been able to…