Mudbound review; Wake up America

Mudbound, one of 2017’s  highly acclaimed films recently released on Netflix, is an interwoven story of American history and life. Race, family and war are big themes being explored with such an expansive vision, and yet the stories that underlie them are so painfully personal and intimate. Dee Rees’ film is not just another ‘black’…

Wind River review; Beautiful and unpretentious.

This poster was made by the talented Eileen at SG_Posters. 🙂 I simply couldn’t resist using it for my review!! Read on for my review. Wind River is my favourite Taylor Sheridan film and one of my favourite films of the year. Yes, I freaking love Wind River!! There’s a certain unpretentious charm about all…

Good Time review; Thrillingly tragic

Good Time, as ironic a title as the Safdie Brothers intended it to be, is a film with no reprieve. Centered around the crime-hustling Connie (Robert Pattinson) who tries to re-connect with his autistic brother after a robbery gone wrong, this non-stop thrill ride is an assault on the senses from start to finish. Films…

Blade Runner 2049 review; Neon-noir

Blade Runner 2049 is an exceptionally crafted visual treat. Building upon the world that the original Blade Runner had already created, we see Villeneuve explore interesting ways that blend cutting-edge cool with very tangible technological realities already present in our present world i.e holograms. Environmentally, Blade Runner 2049 envisions a world more polarized than today;…

A Ghost Story review; A symphony of tenderness and meaning

Imagine those who left us behind still sit beside us at the dinner table and watch over us as we sleep. David Lowery’s evocative A Ghost Story is a first look into the melancholic and soul-defining existence of the after-life. Even with a distinctive visual style which captures the expansive nature of the real life…

The Beguiled; A harrowing look at our inability to accept our own nature.

Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled is a softly beguiling and bewitching experience. The undercurrents of human nature and darkness course through the film’s steely and static frames. She has previously stated her desire to tell the story of The Beguiled through the lens of the female perspective. The result is interesting. Some believe Sofia Coppola portrays…

Dunkirk review; War personified

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan’s latest film about the Allied Forces and their struggle to evacuate after German Forces have cornered them in Dunkirk. Facing torrential air attacks, Christopher Nolan’s film is a contained spectacle of tension and anxiety. Accurately mirroring the dread and horror of war, Dunkirk bends and threatens to break into a spiral…

Okja review; Undying love and the sanctity of life.

Okja is a blockbuster type of film with equal amounts of tension and a stirring disquiet. This two-tone approach has come to define Bong Joon Ho’s work. His previous film, Snowpiercer, was lacerating in its social message of class and inequality and sacrificed nothing when it came to dark violence and brutal bloodshed. Delving into…

Lady Macbeth; Victorian-era piece subverts the moral code

Lady Macbeth is the second really good film I’ve seen this year (the first being Graduation). Logan is very good in many ways and falls just behind in what has been a rather interesting year for movies. For starters, I can see these three movies being in my top 20 films of the year. Similar…

Wonder Woman review; Diana’s significance in our world today.

Being slightly skeptical of what DC can achieve after the very disappointing, haphazard and contrived Batman V Superman, I’m happy to say that Wonder Woman not only pleasantly surprised me with strong direction and voice but came out smashing with thorough characterization of one of the most iconic superheroes in the DC universe. It kept…