AFI 2020 – ‘Belushi’: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

The term “revolutionary”, at least in the entertainment industry, is highly subjective. How big of an impact is enough to even be considered for the label? What level of stardom does one have to reach? Hypothetically, the criteria are endless and ever-shifting. But, once in a blue moon there’s a figure that undeniably makes an impact on the industry– shifting the perception and boundaries of … Continue reading AFI 2020 – ‘Belushi’: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

The Slice at FrightFest 2020

The spooky season is upon us. FrightFest 2020 has promised us a fine and frightening selection of features from across the world, each with their intriguing tale to entwine and trap us within, like a spider to a fly. I got the chance to cover the festival for the first time, which has always been a dream of mine – and I wasn’t disappointed with … Continue reading The Slice at FrightFest 2020

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’

FrightFest 2020 – ‘Alien on Stage’: A Chestburstingly Heartwarming Journey

Many of you may have heard of the high school in America that performed Alien as its own stage play, garnering a global media buzz that led to universal praise for the cast and crew. However, this was not the first endeavor into transforming Alien from terrifying sci-fi horror to the stage; that honor goes to a group of bus drivers in Dorset, and their … Continue reading FrightFest 2020 – ‘Alien on Stage’: A Chestburstingly Heartwarming Journey

LFF 2020 – ‘Wildfire’ Puts a Spotlight on Grief and Support

It is always reassuring, when watching a film, to feel as though you are in safe hands. By this I mean that from the first frame, you get a strong sense of invasion in that the director at work is about to take you on a sincere, controlled journey that will evoke deep emotion. This is exactly how I felt upon viewing the opening of Wildfire, … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Wildfire’ Puts a Spotlight on Grief and Support

LFF 2020 – ‘Honeymood’ is a Supremely Charming Marriage Story

Talya Lavie’s new Israeli comedy Honeymood starts with the ending.  Or, at least the ending you expect for a romantic comedy; THE WEDDING! The exchange of vows, the lifelong commitment and lifelong bliss; the rest of your existence tied up in a neat bow together. The grand finale. Honeymood starts by placing us in the hallway of the bridal suite, where our groom, Ran Danker’s Noam, carries our giggling bride, … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Honeymood’ is a Supremely Charming Marriage Story

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 – ‘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 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 – ‘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 – ‘Industry’ is Gripping Start to the Series

Investment bankers are not a profession with a good public image. Seen by many as responsible for the 2008 global financial crisis, it is easy to see why. So, this begs the question, what type of people would want to become investment bankers in today’s world? It is understandable that it’s a role that pays particularly well, but the dubious ethical nature of the work … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Industry’ is Gripping Start to the Series