A confession: I’m not a great fan of horror films and I haven’t been on a first date since – (coughs to mask the year). So I’m not the ideal audience for Double Date, the antithesis of a romantic comedy. Written by lead actor Danny Morgan, it is about an awkward young man, Jim (Morgan) whose best friend, Alex (Michael Socha) tries to get him … Continue reading Double Date – Review
God’s Own Country is gob-smackingly good, a raw and emotional study of a young farmer, Johnny (Josh O’Connor, sensational) who falls in love with a Romanian worker, Gheorghe (Alec Secareanu, fantastic) in a tumultuous surprise to himself. The standout film of this year’s Berlin Film Festival, I have yet to see a better movie in 2017. The writer-director Francis Lee takes no prisoners. He doesn’t … Continue reading God’s Own Country – Review
How much can a reviewer really say about The Transfiguration without entering into spoilers?
It is a vampire film – one with a difference.
The bloodsucker is young Milo (Eric Ruffin), mostly glued to his laptop, watching vampire movies streamed from the internet. He’s a ‘Netflix and Kill’ kind of kid. Continue reading The Transfiguration – Review
‘We shall bore them in the multiplexes.’ ‘Never in the field of (a) human biopic was so much time wasted for so little.’ These are some Winstonian critiques of Churchill, a drama set during the ninety-six hour build-up to D-Day – with some artistic licence – that lacks the scope suggested by the title. It is a showcase for Brian Cox in the title role … Continue reading Churchill – Review
Usually in a movie, there is one scene that tells you why the filmmaker devoted blood, sweat, tears and coffee stains to bring their vision to the screen. In the London-based film, Arifa, it occurs late. Arifa (Shermin Hassan) is at a gym class when the tutor tells her that she can’t leave her bag on the floor. Arifa is incensed. She storms out, stuffs … Continue reading Arifa – East End Film Festival Review
The films of Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki are instantly recognisable. They are minimalist and droll, with humour leaking out like air from a deflating tyre. Actors are often stationary in the frame, or their movements are singular, sitting up or walking then stopping. These movements are followed by a pause – a ‘what next?’ moment. When they speak, they often do so in a resigned … Continue reading The Other Side of Hope – Review