LFF 2020 – Connection and Warmth in ‘Lovers Rock’

As a part of Steven McQueen’s Small Axe anthology, Lovers Rock is a celebration of rhythm and captivating connections. Set on a Saturday night in 1980 in West London, spritied charming Martha (Amarah-Jae St Aubyn) sneaks out of her home to meet her friend Patty (Shaniqua Okwok) and head off to a popular house party which is just a bus ride away. As they arrive … Continue reading LFF 2020 – Connection and Warmth in ‘Lovers Rock’

The Slice: Underrated On-Screen Villains

With Halloween coming up, The Slice’s staff writers have come together to share their favourite on-screen villains. While we spend this time of year exploring scary films and television, we thought we’d look further into the villians that make them. Joe Carroll, The Following (2013-2015) The Following concentrates on former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) trying to recapture serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), … Continue reading The Slice: Underrated On-Screen Villains

LFF 2020 – ‘Possessor’ is a Tearing Bloody Horror with Some Lost Potentional

Brandon Cronenberg is definitely his father’s son. This is obvious from the beginning, with the ultra-gory psychologically induced scenes that continue to surprise and compel. His newest feature, Possessor, a horror fracturing dive into assassins who use brain implant technology to inhabit the bodies of others to terminate high profile targets. In terms of narrative and style, there is reason to say this is executed quite … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Possessor’ is a Tearing Bloody Horror with Some Lost Potentional

LFF 2020 – ‘One Night in Miami’ is a Promising Debut from Regina King

Regina King makes her debut as a director in her based on a true story, One Night in Miami. It centres around Cassius Clay’s (Eli Goree) defeat of Sonny Liston (Aaron D. Alexander) in 1964. Clay when meets with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), with an aim of changing the course of history in the segregated … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘One Night in Miami’ is a Promising Debut from Regina King

LFF 2020 – ‘Wolfwalkers’ is Magical and Vital Animated Journey

Wolfwalkers is the newest animated feature by the Oscar-nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, which is the creators of such mesmerizing films The Secret of Kells, and Song of the Sea. As the last installment of the “Irish folk trilogy”, Wolfwalkers is a magical tale of unlikely friendship between two girls in 17th-century Ireland. In a 17th century Irish village called Kilkenny, a young girl named … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Wolfwalkers’ is Magical and Vital Animated Journey

LFF 2020 – ‘Shirley’ is Ambitious but Lacked Thrills

Elisabeth Moss continues to expand her range as this cantankerous horror writer (based on Shirley Jackson). Her character is smart and verbally vicious, but also immensely troubled. When a young couple moves into their house, unusual things happen in several directions. This is primarily an exercise in putting complex characters in uncomfortable situations. As the relationships evolve, the drama abounds. Biopics about writers can be … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Shirley’ is Ambitious but Lacked Thrills

LFF 2020 – ‘Mangrove’ is a Powerful Story About Racial Justice

Mangrove is part of the Small Axe anthology series, which comprises five original films by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. It tells the true story of Frank Crichlow (Shaun Parkes), whose West Indian restaurant, Mangrove, a bustling community space in London’s Notting Hill attracted locals, activists, intellectuals and artists. In a reign of blatant racial discrimination, Crichlow finds himself and his drug-free business the target … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Mangrove’ is a Powerful Story About Racial Justice

LFF 2020 – ‘Siberia’ is an Exploration into the Psychological Wilderness

Abel Ferrara’s latest film, Siberia, is a film better experienced without trying to interpret as it feels like a dreamlike odyssey. We follow Clint (Willem Dafoe), who has abandoned his former life as he now runs a bar in Siberia where he seems to be maybe the only English-speaker. He suffers from hallucinations as he embarks on a journey, led by his dog-sledge, to a cave where … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Siberia’ is an Exploration into the Psychological Wilderness

LFF 2020 – ‘Mogul Mowgli’ is Riz Ahmed’s Most Personal Venture

Directed by Bassam Tariq, Mogul Mowgli follows a young rapper called Zed (Riz Ahmed) who is about to start a new tour. However, he finds himself strikes by a crippling illness which means he has to move back with his family. He is constantly trying to find himself between his music career and Pakistani family traditions. The film finds a lot of resonance in Zed’s experience … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Mogul Mowgli’ is Riz Ahmed’s Most Personal Venture

Review – ‘Enola Holmes’ is a Charming Adventure

“My life is my own. And the future is up to us.” Netflix’s latest Enola Holmes is not just a mystery being solved, it is the self discovery of Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) as she takes a journey into the unknown in a search for her mother but also her own identity. As she was feeling lost with the sudden disappearance of her mother, Enola … Continue reading Review – ‘Enola Holmes’ is a Charming Adventure

Review – ‘The Devil All the Time’ Fails to Establish Anything Concrete

[Editors Note: This review contains minor spoilers for The Devil All the Time] With a running time of 2 hours and 18 minutes, Antonio Campos’ The Devil All the Time really struggles to establish the reason behinds its characters’ behaviours and motivation. Despite the star-studded casting and visually pleasing cinematography, this angsty feature fails to hit the ground running. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The … Continue reading Review – ‘The Devil All the Time’ Fails to Establish Anything Concrete

Review – ‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’ is a Great Homage to Teen Slashers

In 2017, Netflix brought us satanic cult teen horror, The Babysitter. It was a film that incorporated a quirky take on comedy-horror while also showcasing the talent of Samara Weaving. Through the film, Cole (Judah Lewis) discovers his babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), is a part of a satanic cult that will stop at nothing to keep him quiet. Now, two years later, Cole must face … Continue reading Review – ‘The Babysitter: Killer Queen’ is a Great Homage to Teen Slashers