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Midsommar – Brand New Trailer!

Ari Aster ruined your sleeping patterns and your life with the utterly brilliant and compulsive horror Midsommar. 

Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, and Will Poulter, the film revolves around a group of students who find themselves at a Scandinavian celebration – but all is not what you think.

The pastel colouring of this trailer makes it look more terrifying. We loved Hereditary so we are so ready for this seeming modern  What do you think?

Midsommar is out later this year! 

Old Boys – Review

Alex Lawther has proven himself to be an incredible young actor. The performer has risen through the ranks of movies and television shows to become one hell of a rising star. From playing young Alan Turing in Oscar-nominated The Imitation Game to his absolutely ground-breaking performance in The End of the Fucking World. So we’re excited to see him in more daring roles and characters.

Now Lawther is working with director Toby MacDonald, the pair produce a tender, if albeit simple, adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.

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Set in a private school, the film revolves around the young nerdy Amberson. He lives his school-life opposed to jocks and sporty-types of his school. When the daughter of a new French teacher arrives, his whole word is turned upside down. Instead of going straight for the young lady himself, Amberson spends his time playing matchmaker for the school’s popular sporting hero Winchester – who may be great on the field but on the field of love, he is anything but. However, Amberson finds himself falling in love with the girl himself…

Old Boys is a pretty nice movie. Reminiscent of boarding school movies such as Rushmore, the movie revolves around that kind of posh schoolboy fantasy with a modern flare that – despite its surroundings – learns more towards a modern feeling more so than a dated one. MacDonald makes his work appealing enough to fall into and there are some brilliantly written moments that cause you to laugh out loud.

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The film definitely works best because of the blossoming male friendship on display. The development of their relationship creates the most moving moments and the cast really hone in on that. Lawther is just an actor that oozes this awkwardness that is bloody charismatic. He is paired opposite Jonah Hauer-King as Winchester, who proves himself a brilliant actor on the rise!

Another strong performance comes from Denis Menochet as the glowering French teacher Babinot. The actor has had terrific performances, most recently in French drama Custody. So he has such terrific moments here. Pauline Etienne is fine enough as Agnes to be enjoyable.

Old Boys is an OK film. You know? It’s pleasant. It’s nice. It isn’t good and it isn’t bad – it’s just nice. And that’s OK! In this agonizing heavy world – it’s quite a break to have a movie as lovely as this is.

Old Boys is out in cinemas now! 

Capernaum – Review

Of all the Academy Award nominees this year, one category does stand out as the strongest – Best Film in a Foreign Language. From Hirokazu Kore-ade’s triumphant Shoplifters to Alfosonso Cuaron’s completely unstoppable Roma, the category is filled with compelling and impressive features that deserve to be celebrate.

Amongst the nominees is Lebanon entry Capernaum.

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Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film revolves around Zahn, a young boy living with his abusive and impoverished parents along with his many sisters and brothers. Zahn is particularly close with sister Sahar and is dismayed to find out that his parents have married her off to a much older man. When Sahar is taken away, Zahn escapes the clutches of his parents and finds solace in young immigrant mother Rahil who also takes care of her own baby. However, as his life begins to spiral out of control, Zahn decides to sue his parents for their neglect.

Labaki’s wonderfully understated film is an intimate portrait of the suffering that goes on in the country of origin. The grit and dust of gutters and the hustle of those on the streets is focused on as Zahn and people like him are repeatedly let down. Labaki showcases this horror of day to day life with a particular earnestness that echoes throughout.

What makes Capernaum a triumph are the child performers. Street-casting from actual Lebanon residents, Labaki has found a brilliant lead in ain Al Rafeea. The fourteen year old actor really tackles Zahn with enough grounding yet childlike exuberance that makes his journey feel real (and therefore adds to the pain.) Zahn is actually perhaps a greatly written child role as he cares for many and most around him. Yes, he is pushed to attack, and can be wildly uncontrollable but it comes from his circumstances and frustration – not just for him, but those around him.

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He is paired opposite Yordanos Shiferaw as Rahil and they work together to craft this impressive and endearing relationship. Though it is tested, the pair are lost souls that gravitate towards one another.

There is also, perhaps, the best performance by a baby you’ve ever seen. Sure, it probably took a long time to cut the child ‘s gurgling and fidgeting into something that meets the narrative but that child has range and charisma that you are transfixed to him.

Filming over five hundred hours of footage and editing it down to just two, Labaki works tirelessly to build a compelling story. Whilst the story does focus on the misery of Zahn and his child cohorts, Labaki does something crucial, she injects Capernaum with hope. Not cheesy, Hollywood hope in which Zahn finds a new family or even gets out of his circumstances – but she finds this natural childlike wishing. Capernaum showcases goodness out there despite humanity being somewhat lost.

As the tagline says, “it takes courage to hope,” and that has never been truer than in Capernaum.

Capernaum is out Friday 22nd February! 

The End of the F***ing World – The Weekend Binge

The End of the F***ing World is one of those shows that bounce around your peripherals. Like you see it advertised everywhere, you are intrigued by the premise, and the amazing title, as well as the lead actors but there is something that is telling you to watch it later and catch it another time. (Heck, I even have a friend who helped cast this show and you’d really think that’d push me into a viewing, but still unto the back-burner it went.) There is always something holding you back.

With this show, that thing holding you back was pure stupidity because The End of the F***ing World is spectacular.

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Based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles S. Forsman , the show stars Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther as two rogue teenagers, Alyssa and James,  who wind up running away from their respective families. However, Alyssa is a loud-mouthed and rambunctious girl who kicks off with only the slightest provocation whilst James believes himself to be a psychopath who is willing to kill Alyssa when he finds the most opportune moments. That being said, they make an unlikely pairing  in this hilarious and dark comedy.

Not to be too hyperbolic but The End of the F***ing World hits every single note and does it so bloody brilliantly. It’s a shame that the title is censored because the “fucking” is needed for emphasis. It is fucking fantastic. It’s a show that has everything: amazing acting, a winding story-line, the blackest of wit, and gorgeous cinematography. Created by Jonathan Entwistle and Charlie Covell, with direction by Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tchemiak, the show is in-sync, providing a captivating story-line and characters that are hysterical and endearing to watch.

It’s not just about the comedy either, there are a lot of teenage issues lurking underneath as the pairs flight means they have to combat against a terrifying adult world. The themes of identity and discovering who you are thanks to the mad-hap world around you and the company of a soul who gets you play a major part. Leading to some emotive revelations, The End of the F***king World is awash with depth character pieces that populate their increasingly dangerous journey.

Barden and Lawther are terrific together. The latter made her breakthrough in the great The Lobster whilst Lawther has appeared in The Imitation Game, X+Y, and Black Mirror’s Shut Up and Dance. The pair have used this experience to develop these interesting characters that flit between two extreme versions of teenagers. Lawther layers his supposed “psychopath” with such brilliant qualities that his awkward lack of worldly understanding becomes winsome. Alyssa is a hard egg to love, and she’ll tell you that herself, but Barden takes her from one note  to an exciting lead star who is trying desperately to belong. Their chemistry is brilliant and they are completely watchable together.

A modern day Bonnie and Clyde with great allusions to True Romance, The End of the F***ing World is a compulsive watch. I’m telling you, I put one on episode  before going to bed last night and wound up at three a’ clock in the morning thriving with excitement and jealousy. That’s because it is one of the best developed shows on television with two incredible leads, a stunning storyline, and absolutely absurd dark comedy. Make sure you f***ing watch it.

The End of the F***king World  is available on All4 & Netflix

First Man – Review

Damian Chazelle, at the age of 34, has directed four featured films. The unspoken but still brilliant Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, the tension-drive jazz-based drama Whiplash, the musical epic La La Land, and this latest feature – First Man. The director has wowed with most, if not all, of his movies – particularly with La La Land which helped earn him a Best Director gong (as well as five minutes of Best Picture glory.)

The celebrated musical seemed impossible to follow up. And yet, merely years later, Chazelle excellently made movie and yet here we are with First Man.

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The film serves as a biographical film revolving around Neil Armstrong’s life as astronaut before he made that legendary first step on the moon. Deciding the focus on Armstrong’s personal life and how it impacts his professional, the movie looks at the sad death of his two-year old daughter Karen and how that impacted him and his wife Janet years and years after. Following the tragic event, test pilot Armstrong applies to Project Gemini and is accepted into the NASA Astronaut programme. As the space race ramps up and more tragedies happen as a result, Armstrong is propelled forward as the man who could change history.

Chazelle deftly handles an American icon by stripping away any legendary status that he has and getting to the bare bones of why a man would want to take on such a huge undertaking. The movie is a game of two halves; an intimate portrait of a man struggling to cope with his losses and feeling pushed further into loneliness and the epic journey he takes to resolve that. Chazelle directs this well. The first half of the film may feel somewhat formulaic whilst also being necessary and important, the second space odyssey is transcendent. As the ship, propel’s Armstrong into the history books, Chazelle is attentive to centre the fous on this one man’s journey. It’s almost as if the first part of first man serves as fuel for the finale to truly land. As you are awash with imagery and homages, grand and purposeful, the weight of his life on earth hits him and the audience. First Man acts like a waiting game – an ultimate build of story until the glorious finale. As Neil and Janet are reunited in a wordless moment, only then is your emotional journey complete. That is how Chazelle’s commanding direction truly works – like the climatic and repellent drumming of an embittered student or a simple look of goodbye across a smoky jazz club, Chazelle may start simple here but he ends triumphantly.

Linus Sandgren’s gritty cinematography transforms whilst in space too. Choosing the highlight the blues and greens of a NASA-led world, Sandgren then brings to life the wide landscape of the moon in some beautiful planetary sequences using solitary blacks and dusty greys in an exquisite looking scene.

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Chazelle trusts Ryan Gosling again as lead character. Gosling has had a string of movies that tackle loneliness and is one of the few actors who can show how someone feels with minutia facial movements. Gosling is near silent in Chazelle’s work and yet conveys so much that even behind a reflective visor, the intense flurry of emotions is felt.

Gosling is paired opposite Claire Foy (whose accent may have far too much moxy for a wife having to reminder her husband constantly about the affects of his work.) Foy is a ferocious addition as wife Janet who is poised as the only person who understands her husband, including himself, rather than the nagging shrew she could’ve been portrayed as. Foy is excellent here.

Justin Hurwitz, who worked with Chazelle on both Whiplash and La La Land, scooping up two Academy Awards for the latter, crafts an utterly breath-taking score here. Choosing to emulate classic Hollywood space romps such as Star Trek and The Day The Earth Stood Still, more so than grander modern space epics, Hurtwiz’ unforgettable pieces are untimely . Peppered throughout, Hurtwitz experiments with sounds and instruments such as the Theremin. Immense and iconic, the ripples of emotion that Hurwitz conducts echoes Armstrong’s emotional landscape.

A particular highlight is the astonishing sequence to The Landing. The poetic music is probably one of the best movie music pieces of all time, enhancing the moment in which Apollo 11 finally touches down upon the moon – an opus of notes and feelings that encapsulate such an iconic moment.

The more one ruminates on First Man, the more it is clear that it may be a masterpiece – another filmmaking success for Chazelle who uses every weapon in his arsenal to craft an impeccable story. Including parts of the social impact of the moon-landing as well as the grief of losing an astronaut in many of the tests, Chazelle layers the film gloriously and makes it a great film to unpack over and over again.

If you’d asked me a couple of months ago, which were the heavy-weight contenders during award season, I would’ve gravitated towards a battle between A Star Is Born and First Man. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s not as though First Man is bereft of praise and adulation, but Chazelle’s work here is unparalleled, going to poignant places that no man has ever been before.

First Man is out on DVD & Blu-Ray now



Yesterday – Brand New Trailer!

Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle and celebrated screenwriter Richard Curtis together for an amazing new Working Title comedy?

Yes, we’re sold. We’re 100% sold. Throw in Lily James and Himesh Patel and we’re through the roof excited.

Yesterday revolves around a world where everyone has forgotten the Beatles and a young

This looks to be a brilliant comedy with a lot of fun and, of course, great music. What do you think?

Yesterday is out 28 June