Review

“Maniac”: A Game Of Tetris

The Netflix limited series Maniac follows the psychedelic experiences of strangers Annie and Owen during a pharmaceutical trial and their quest through a range of different mindscapes. Sparks fly, and it is in the midst of these events where they…

Review: Drama Society’s “And Then There Were None”

The Beaver reviews Drama Society’s first production of the year: an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous And Then There Were None. Ten strangers are lured to Soldier Island. All are taken by surprise when an unseen host announces a dark…

“Suspiria” – Am I Scaring You Tonight?

Luca Guadagnino’s harrowing dance epic takes the Call Me By Your Name director far from his usual fair of sun-soaked stories of desire. Suspiria reunites Guadagnino with A Bigger Splash co-stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson in this unforgettable homage…

At Max’s, Sandwiches With A Soundtrack

On a quiet stretch of Crouch Hill Road, a 10-minute walk north from Finsbury Park tube station, lies the unassuming Max’s Sandwich Shop. Yet, don’t let it’s self-effacing name lure you into thinking that this is a standard deli affair…

‘The Reign Of The Middle-Aged White Man Is Over’: “House of Cards” Takes Its Final Bow

House of Cards’ final season dropping on Netflix days before last week’s US midterms seemed to have little impact in deterring voters from supporting female candidates, despite its menacing new female President Underwood (Robin Wright). In the wake of Trumpism,…

“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…