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…

Girl on the Train Review

Dear Hollywood, when adapting novels into films, please refrain from being seduced by money or laziness and actually use some creativity and initiative for once – if I wanted to experience the exact same story again and again, I would have picked up the original book and reread it. If there was a shooting star…

Green Room review

As far as gory and ultraviolent siege films go, master of all things low-budget and indie, Jeremy Saulnier conjures up a macabre chill feast, horrific enough to keep you wincing and constantly double checking the locks on your door every few seconds. Like a puppeteer, Saulnier attaches each one of your nerves to the tips…

Demolition Review

Some of the best things in life can happen by complete surprise –  finding love, winning the lottery and of course, Leicester City being crowned champions of the Premier League (I still can’t believe it!). Well, that’s what a couple of friends and I hoped for when we decided to go to the cinema in…