Joker review; “You wouldn’t get it”

Happy Christmas Eve everyone! For this special day, I’m going to review a special film that I’ve been wanting to do a review on for some time. Enjoy. Joker’s shocking brutality and gritty allegory of mental disability, socio-economic disparity and class warfare places it as one of the most subversive comic-book movies of all time….

First Reformed review; The limits of faith

Paul Schrader is well known for writing the screenplay for Taxi Driver, a universally well-known depiction of isolation, self-destruction and the dichotomy between egos and heroes in the new age. Taxi Driver characterized the feeling of loneliness in the swamp of big cities and the descent of normal people into madness. Society moves so fast…

Tully review; A raw depiction of motherhood and depression.

I’m not sure I’ve seen a film touch on the topic of post-partum depression with such grace and empathy. Being a male myself, I doubt I can ever fully appreciate the joy and pains of motherhood and all that it entails from nurturing life inside the womb to the  process of raising a child in…

Hereditary review; The tragic nature of human frailty

Some spoilers ahead so read at your own risk. If you have not seen the film, I suggest you read the review after you’ve seen the movie. Hereditary was one of my most anticipated movies of 2018. After hearing critics rave about it at Sundance for being one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen,…

Thoroughbreds review; Teenage horror, angst and emptiness.

Thoroughbreds is a tingling, chilling and extremely interesting film of great provocation and irony. Stunning visuals, sound design and terrific acting from Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) make for a unique film. Taylor-Joy plays Lily who feels suffocated by the presence of her step-father and Cooke plays…

You Were Never Really Here review; Trauma, depravity and brokenness.

Adapted from Joanathan Ames’ novel of the same name, Lynne Ramsay’s bleak thriller unfurls a phatasmagoria of urban hell, clinging trauma and the depravity and desolation of broken characters. You Were Never Really Here is uncompromising to say the least. Flashbacks give Joaquin Phoenix’s hitman character layers upon layers of tragic characterization (abusive father, PTSD…

On Body And Soul review; The most important love story of 2017

On Body And Soul, 2017 Berlinale winner for best film, is quite possibly the most beautiful and most important love story of 2017. Centered around the growing relationship between a handicapped man and a woman on the autism spectrum, the hungarian film spotlights characters you don’t usually see everyday dealing with ordeals that we can…

Book review #1: The Vegetarian

This is my first book review and it shouldn’t really be my first because I should have started this a while back ago! I love books as much as I love movies but I always take too long to read them. I have read a few good ones in the past year, so I figured…

Melancholia review: A nuanced exploration of life and depression

Lars Von Trier may have said that his best work comes when he’s intoxicated. Booze and all, you know…but this isn’t the guy with whisky in on hand, with a barely comprehensible script in another, and embodies Hollywood’s real life version of Llewyn Davis. This guy has some great movies and he’s won several awards…

Best Documentaries of 2015; My Picks

The Bear Awards (my blog’s awards) has almost come to an end. Just one more category which is Best Animated Film! I’ve just finished watching the last of the nominated documentaries so here’s who I think should be nominated and who should win. Don’t be too sad, Bear Awards will make a return next year!! Little Bear’s…

Amy review: No charades, just Amy.

When we look at an artist, we sometimes think what life must have been for them. Amy is a tragic documentary about the troubled artist who never could reconcile her childhood trauma without self-destruction. It’s a heartbreaking look at a sweet girl who grew up too fast, who’s father was never there and grew up…