“Militias tried to stop us filming, but with Libyans there’s always a way” – Freedom Fields

Naziha Arebi isn’t any ordinary filmmaker, though it takes one of a certain kind to spend five years documenting the progress – and sometimes lack thereof – of the Libyan women’s football team, in the midst of the revolution to…

“I practiced smoking for four months to play this part” – TIFF day two

Chris Pine’s Scottish adventure, a subdued political documentary, a surprise Western and a Slovenian study of suppressed youth on day two. 10am – “Outlaw King” (dir. David Mackenzie), Braveheart 2 For how much longer will Netflix be a binge-watching service, rather than…

Why is “Peterloo” so bad? Day one at TIFF

A masterpiece, two festival favourites and a turkey on opening day at Tiff 2018. My day one schedule: 9am – “Wildlife” (dir. Paul Dano), Festival Favourite This is a hugely impressive directorial debut from Paul Dano, best known for his…

Summer Cinema Round-up

Multiplexes had to contend with remarkably good weather and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Despite these pressures, audience attendance was strong in the ‘Summer of Brolin’ (or as I prefer, the ‘Summer of Seyfried’). And this is because of the…

“Cold War” returns Poland to the forefront of cinema

The runtime of Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War”, a slick ninety minutes, mirrors the austerity of the communist-era Poland in which it resides, predominantly. The derelict church, the crumbling stately home, the greyscale outfits in a greyscale world all bring to…

Weeks 2 and 3 are cancelled for the London Film Festival 2018

If the Toronto International Film Festival is the New Hampshire Primary of the festival circuit, the London Film Festival (LFF) is, well, I don’t know enough about US politics to finish this joke. Nonetheless, the LFF, running from 10th to…

“Sharp Objects” Will Shake You

Sharp Objects is a murder-mystery that burrows deeper into the mind of its protagonist than it does into the toxic story it tells, and that’s a damn good thing. For many reasons that later become clear, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams)…

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before—Netflix’s Best Rom-Com

Behold, all lovers of romance; Netflix has come out with the best teenage rom-com of all time. I was immersed in a film that I could finally identify with—a typical teenage story that so happens to also have an Asian-American…

Winnie the Gloom

Evoking nostalgia is not enough to save Christopher Robin from being a gloomy affair. It’s too much about the titular character and not enough about the cute bear people want to see. At least audiences weren’t mis-sold. Boarding school and…

JHS: The Hero’s Journey

Human change and transformation doesn’t just occur on screen… Choke! Choke! Choke! Choke! Stop being so fucking weak! You’re a bum. A rapper. A ballet dancer. A boxer. While very different in many respects, the protagonists of ‘8-Mile’, ‘Black Swan’…