Review

“Widows”: A Blockbuster Worthy Of Your Money

In a room you’ll find Ocean’s 8, American Animals and King of Thieves muttering amongst themselves. Late to the party is Widows, which saunters in and silences them all. Steve McQueen’s slick heist film takes him far from the arthouse…

“Halloween”: Who Hunts Whom?

Forty years have passed since masked murderer Michael Myers first wreaked havoc on the town of Haddonfield. The Halloween franchise, kicked off in grand fashion by John Carpenter in 1978, has produced nine offspring, all disavowed by critics and Carpenter…

“Been So Long” Since I Reviewed A Bad Film

Netflix is having a great year for original films. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Private Life have had larger impacts than their respective creators could have ever hoped for. Later this year we’ll have Outlaw King and…

At LFF, An Audition For The Oscars

After premiering at the Venice, Toronto and New York film festivals, London welcomed many of the films that will be competing at the Oscars in February. Whilst you were skipping your 9am lectures, I was queuing outside a cinema. Here’s…

“Tell the stories true to you and people will understand” – Sandra Seeling Lipski

As the curtain closes on the London Film Festival, it rises in Mallorca. I had the pleasure to discuss the Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) with its founder and director, Sandra Seeling Lipski. Lipski was born in Berlin and…

Music To My Ears – Reviewing The Latest Albums

Never Stop Never Stopping Tha Carter V – Lil Wayne Lil Wayne’s extensive and legendary career is represented by his vast library of music and continuous involvement in features. But some of his greatest work appears on the Tha Carter…

Say Hello to Halo-Halo

For the first time in a long time, I had the moment. That moment. Where you’re lying in bed hours after eating and still thinking to yourself: “Damn, that was a good meal.” Josephine’s is a little Filipino gem that…

From “La La Land” to the stars – “First Man” shows Chazelle’s stellar quality

“We need to fail. We need to fail down here, so we don’t fail up there”, says Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong, ahead of the launch of Apollo 11. One wonders, then, at which point in the career trajectory of 33-year…

“A Star Is Born”: A Tale of Two Artists

A Star is Born’s fourth incarnation brings revelations from both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in his directorial debut. A Star is a worthy successor to La La Land, both as an awards-favourite and as a crowd-puller. But unlike Damien…

Explore The London Film Festival, At Your Own Risk

My relationship with The London Film Festival so far has been complicated by the fact that  some films have impressed me, but many have others have bored, angered or frustrated. Whilst such a diverse range of films are in town…

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