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

Review – ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a Sorkin Showcase at His Most Uneven – and Occasionally His Best

Aaron Sorkin’s talent often infuriates me. Not out of the usual envy I can’t help but have for people as gifted at writing as him, but because he seems to rarely find an outlet for his considerable skill as a wordsmith that truly suits him. Although Sorkin’s characters speak a lot, they often don’t feel like they have much to actually say – he sums … Continue reading Review – ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a Sorkin Showcase at His Most Uneven – and Occasionally His Best

Review – ‘Rebecca’ (2020) Is A Resounding Disappointment

When you think of Rebecca, be it Daphne du Maurier’s renowned novel or Alfred Hitchcock’s Best Picture-winning 1940 film adaptation, you may think of suspense, psychological turmoil, and gothic overtones. Sadly, though, Ben Wheatley’s new adaptation now streaming on Netflix offers none of those elements. In fact, this 2020 film version of Du Maurier’s book doesn’t really offer much of anything at all.  The film … Continue reading Review – ‘Rebecca’ (2020) Is A Resounding Disappointment

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

Review – ‘Evil Eye’ Has No Vision

Adapted from the Audible play of the same name by Madhuri Shekar, Jason Blum welcomes a new Horror-Thriller Evil Eye to Amazon as part of their ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse collection’. This film joins the latest releases alongside both Nocturne and Black Box.  In Evil Eye, we follow a mother and daughter, Usha (Sarita Choudhury) and Pallavi (Sunita Mani) respectively, and the events surrounding how their relationship deteriorates when a handsome stranger, Sandeep (Omar Maskati), … Continue reading Review – ‘Evil Eye’ Has No Vision

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

Review – Horror Fans Return Home to ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’

Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House (the first in The Haunting anthology series) arrived on Netflix in 2018 and, for many, it was a welcomed change of pace to the mainstream horror shows out there. Each episode was slow and considered — poetic even — the gloom creeping in on viewers like a mist. The Haunting of Bly Manor is the next instalment in our newest ghostly anthology, gracing screens last weekend. Like its predecessor, Bly Manor has its origins in the literary world, based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw.   If … Continue reading Review – Horror Fans Return Home to ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’

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