Daphne Review

“I’ve sort of given up on people, haven’t I?” For Daphne, life is a bitch. And it’s a c**t too. Already struggling to connect and find meaning in an increasingly isolating London; a brutal, horrifying event only further distances Daphne from reality and the people around her. Numbed and sinking further into the black, predictability,…

A Quiet Place Review

Whether it be It Follows and its subtle reflection of the AIDS epidemic, and its indiscriminate ability to clame young lives; Get Out and its exploration of race politics in modern America; It Comes at Night and its depiction of how the fear of ‘the other’ merely distracts from the real evils – the darkness in…

Henry K. Norvalls and His Areas of Grey

Last week I spent 30 provocative, eye-opening minutes immersed in the visionary work of   Norwegian filmmaker, Henry K. Norvalls. One of those rare artists that completely forgoes spectacle and oversimplification, in favour of nuance and inspiring intense debates among his audience members. Be warned: Norvalls provides no answers in his shorts. Instead, all his work…

Mustang Review

“Film is my tool. It’s how I switch people’s minds on to something. It’s how I participate”- Deniz Gamze Erguven East vs. West. Religion vs. Secularism. Patriarchy vs. Women. Thanks to geography and history, modern Turkey has become an explosive concoction of contradiction and beauty. Constantly in cultural flux and political unrest, Turkey provides director…

The Beguiled Review

Simply beguiling. To call Sofia Copploa’s latest work – revolutionary, might strike some as an overzealous sell or even, slightly misguided. However, when you realise that The Beguiled bucks the status quo established over the past century, you might be tempted to come around to my thinking. The male gazed, so embedded into our subconscious…

Paradise Love

Director Ulrich Seild, provides audiences with an uncompromising study of the morally dubious nature of sex tourism. While the characters portrayed may be either black or white, the themes presented are anything but. Instead there is as much grey in his film as there are grains of sand on the gorgeous beaches of Kenya. With…

Moonlight Review

Beneath Black skin illuminated by blue tones, Barry Jenkins skilfully uses the entire spectrum of human emotion and complexity, to paint a glorious portrait of one man’s struggle to find love and self-acceptance in a world trying its hardest to deny him both. Delicate, tender and heartfelt, Moonlight handles its subject matter with care and…

Hidden Figures Review

Certain words are banded around so often, there is always that danger of them losing their meaning and emotional heft. In the case of Hidden Figures the word ‘inspiring’ has been used countless of times to describe the brilliance of Theodore Melfi’s masterpiece, that in all truth the word has finally lost its resonance. But, it…

Double Indemnity Review

“How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?” It’s funny really, how one fatal encounter can alter your life forever… one minute you’re just an average insurance salesman, occasionally imagining up ways to fool the system in the pursuit of a quick buck, then the next you’re a cold blooded killer…

Tangerine Review

Exhilarating and engrossing from start to finish, Tangerine is a true rose that embraces all its thorns. Dirty, cheap, distasteful, shot on an iPhone and featuring two transgender women of colour as leads –  in all honesty, this film shouldn’t work, after all there isn’t a straight white man anywhere near it. Yet somehow, Tangerine…

Top Five Meta-Horror Films in the 2010’s

This piece is absolutely dripping in spoilers. I suggest you proceed with caution and watch your every step – you never know what could be lurking in the next sentence…    Horror has the innate ability to articulate and lay bare our deepest anxieties and darkest fantasies; and over the decades with the use of…

Midnight Muse

Warning. The material covered in this piece is strictly over 18. Sure, it might start off tame, but it does get sexier… Accompanied by the spluttering gurgle of a worn-down tumble drier and the whine of a fading florescent light stained bronze with age, I find myself once again blessed by solitude in a precarious…