LFF 2020 – ‘Limbo’ is Compelling and Comical

The Western Isles of Scotland transform into purgatory for a group of asylum seekers in Ben Sharrock’s gorgeously shot, bitingly funny Limbo. After fleeing war-torn Syria, musician Omar (Amir El-Masry) waits for the result of his asylum request with his peers, while being clumsily educated on culture awareness and social mobility by officials. His severance from his home and family is brought to life through … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Limbo’ is Compelling and Comical

LFF 2020 – ‘Rose: A Love Story’ Struggles to Tell a Story

The title of Rose: A Love Story wants you to know how subversive it’s being by really being “A Love Story” when it looks like a survivalist genre flick, featuring a deadly virus, post-apocalypse level isolation and moments of vampiric horror. Rose, unfortunately, fails to present any evidence of subversive or intelligent storytelling, and is dragged down by a flimsy script and tedious pacing. Married … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Rose: A Love Story’ Struggles to Tell a Story

LFF 2020 – ‘One Man and His Shoes’ is an Engrossing Michael Jordon Marketing Documentary

For those happily basking in the feel-good glow of the Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance (2020), Yemi Bamiro’s dissection of the production history and cultural impact of Nike’s Air Jordan shoes shines a revealing light on the unsavoury corporate machinations of 1980s America, and how the ripples from this branding reverberate politically to this day. What starts out as a glossy, rapid-paced sports … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘One Man and His Shoes’ is an Engrossing Michael Jordon Marketing Documentary

LFF 2020 – ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ is Visually Pleasing Yet Repetitive

In a wealthy gated Polish estate, made up of rows and rows of newly built, spacious and identical houses, dissatisfaction settles over everything. Couples observe tense silences, commit affairs, and struggle to connect with their children. While all their homes look alike, they couldn’t be more separate from each other, and gossiping happens as soon as doors are closed. As they push further on into … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ is Visually Pleasing Yet Repetitive

The Beautiful Chaos of Brian Jordan Alvarez

As is the case with most internet creatives, Brian Jordan Alvarez’s name may not mean much to general audiences, while online he enjoys a well-earned passionate and dedicated fanbase. His unique and bizarre sense of humour has been circulating YouTube for half a dozen years in the form of sketches and webseries, each of them taking an ultra-specific observation of dating and social etiquette and … Continue reading The Beautiful Chaos of Brian Jordan Alvarez