Golden Globe Nominees 2022

by Chris Connor While surrounded by the controversy of late the Golden Globes have often been seen as a precursor to the Awards season setting the scene for scenarios that might unfold at the likes of the BAFTA’s and Oscars.  The nominations for next month’s ceremony, taking place on January 9th have been announced.  Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film Belfast and Jane Campion’s long-awaited return The … Continue reading Golden Globe Nominees 2022

Hope – Review

by Chris Connor Maria Sødahl’s Limbo earned rave reviews upon its release in 2010. Her first film since Limbo, Hope is semi-autobiographical exploring her experiences with cancer.  It’s a deeply intimate and moving depiction of the effects the illness has on our relationships with those closest to us. In Hope, Andrea Bræin Hovig’s Anja is a successful choreographer with an international career, in a relationship … Continue reading Hope – Review

Encounter – Review

The opening minutes of Encounter prepare you for a science-fiction adventure. A meteor hurtling through space enters the Earth’s atmosphere and casts a streak of light over a suburban American town. Like a latter-day Roy Neary, the protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, former marine Malik Khan (the ever-watchable Riz Ahmed) is on a singular mission: to take his two young … Continue reading Encounter – Review

West Side Story – Review

by Chris Connor West Side Story is among the most recognisable Musicals in Cinema history; it was the highest-grossing film of 1961 and earned 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno’s portrayal of Anita. In his first musical outing, Steven Spielberg has remade the classic, but is it any good? The bulk of the original story remains intact, … Continue reading West Side Story – Review

Nightmare Alley – Brand New Trailer

by Sarah Cook Guillermo Del Toro is back, baby! This time he is heading into the murky waters of film noir with Nightmare Alley. Based on a book by William Lindsay Graham, Nightmare Alley revolves around Stan Carlisle, a carnival worker who turns conman. When he comes across psychiatrist Lilith Ritter, he is soon propelled into a more dangerous game. With Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, … Continue reading Nightmare Alley – Brand New Trailer

BIFA winners 2021 – After Love comes home with 6 awards.

by Chris Connor This year’s British Independent Film Awards (BIFA’s) have thrown up an intriguing mix of results that may well factor into the BAFTA nominations for next year’s ceremony. After Love, Aleem Khan’s debut film was the night’s big winner with 6 awards including Best British Film, Best Director for Khan, best actress for The Thick Of It star Joanna Scanlan and Best Screenplay. … Continue reading BIFA winners 2021 – After Love comes home with 6 awards.