“The Golden Glove” – a slimy slap in the face

The feeling of drowning in pig shit whilst simultaneously being set on fire is a sensation known to few. But those who braved the entire 110-minute runtime of Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove) understand this feeling. Such a disgusting…

“Light of My Life” – Affleck makes the familiar feel exciting

Light of My Life confidently conjures the common dystopian traits of emotional interdependence and high-stakes responsibility to make Casey Affleck’s second directing stint a success. Whilst the film fails to touch the soul like some of the genre’s strongest films,…

“Sauvage”: The Humanity of Urban Animals

With his charismatic and resilient performance, Félix Mauritaud proves to be perfect casting in this documentary-style study of gay prostitution in France. Director Camille Vidal-Naquet’s carefully created film channels an abundance of heart and harsh reality. The attempts to achieve…

“The Mule” – An elderly Clint Eastwood carries this tale of regret and redemption

Much like Clint Eastwood’s directing career, the script of his thirty-seventh film, The Mule, takes delightfully unexpected turns. Every time it appears to have settled into a predictable routine, something quite unforeseen happens, like a swerve in the road which…

Visual marvel “Alita: Battle Angel” throws everything but the kitchen sink

Having owned the adaptation rights to Alita: Battle Angel for decades, producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez have finally brought the famed manga to the silver screen. While it boasts amazing spectacle akin to Cameron’s Avatar, the picture is…

“Nina” – a careful but lacklustre addition to Lesbian exploration in cinema

Nina and Wojtek are a long-married couple hoping to become parents. This familiar story is ruptured by the entrance of Magda, a cathartic force in the titular character’s restricted life. The romantic Nina-Magda dynamic eventually emerges as the film’s strongest…

“Vice”: A populist polemic that fails to inspire

Vice is angry. In telling the story of Dick Cheney, former American Vice President, Adam McKay rages through five decades of controversy whilst keeping the current administration firmly in his sights. The result: a test of endurance that lacks balance.…

“The Front Runner” Is A Leading Candidate In Nothing But Name

Hugh Jackman’s impassioned performance as Gary Hart, a President-in-waiting toppled by an extra-marital affair, is insufficient in elevating Jason Reitman’s latest film beyond a mere retelling. The film informs us that Hart was a promising potential Democratic candidate who squandered…

“The Favourite”: the period drama genre sharpens its teeth

Rachel Weisz perched seductively on Olivia Colman’s lap, both dressed in Stuart-era attire. Emma Stone shooting a pigeon, splattering blood over Weisz’s face. Colman, Weisz and Stone taking a mud bath together, making moustaches with the filth they bathe in.…

The Crimes of JK Rowling

“Nothing happens” If tearing down a bad blockbuster wasn’t so satisfying, that’s all I would say about this film. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is hereby charged with lazy writing, betraying its fan base and wasting my time. It’s…