Nomadland – BFI London Film Festival Review

by Jordan King Following 2017’s poetic, docu-fiction hybrid The Rider, which saw real-life cowboy Brady Jandreay and his family star in a dramatisation of his own experiences following a near fatal head injury, director Chloé Zhao returns this year with Nomadland, another profound meditation on American life depicted through the unique lens of the ordinary folk who have lived it. Adapted from Jessica Bruder’s 2017 … Continue reading Nomadland – BFI London Film Festival Review

Rose: A Love Story – Review

by Emily Murray Vampires. Hate them or love them, there is no denying the huge cultural impact they have had with the arts still continuing to explore the classically gothic myth centuries later. Which is exactly what director Jennifer Sheridan does in her disquietening feature debut Rose: A Love Story, which recently received its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. A soft twist … Continue reading Rose: A Love Story – Review

Another Round – Review

Alcohol is very entrenched in a lot of cultures. Especially the UK. Our pubs have become a necessity and we treat it like an almost daily ritual. Get up, work, have a pint at the pub. All our celebrations are tinged with wine, beer, spirits, and more. Apparently it’s the same case for certain Scandinavian countries such as Denmark. Happy, sad, angry, or perhaps just … Continue reading Another Round – Review

One Night In Miami – Review

Academy Award-winning actress Regina King takes a step behind the camera to direct the poignant One Night in Miami. The speculative drama, based on a play by Kemp Powers (who also writes the screenplay here,) is set in 1964. It revolves around a fictitious meeting where boxer Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali,) singer Sam Cooke, and political activist Malcom X celebrate Clay’s win over Sonny … Continue reading One Night In Miami – Review

Supernova – Review

There is a delicate moment in Supernova where Stanley Tucci looks upon the constellations above him and tells a young girl that we are made of stardust, crafted from stars which have lived, burned, and been scattered across the earth, eventually fading away from their shine. The star metaphor may be used somewhat heavy-handedly in Harry Macqueen’s Supernova. But it does not mean its stars … Continue reading Supernova – Review

Kajillionaire – BFI London Film Festival Review

by Jordan King There’s a strong argument to be made that the only truly functional family is a dysfunctional family. It is in the clashes of character and convictions mediated by the bond of blood and instinctual inseparability that family life is defined, especially in the ever-maddening and increasingly divisive world we occupy today. In multi-hyphenate artist extraordinaire Miranda July’s latest self-written and directed feature … Continue reading Kajillionaire – BFI London Film Festival Review