‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E5 Review: YEEEEESSSSS!!!!

[Editors note: this review contains spoilers for The Mandalorian] I’ll get this out of the way now – I’m not calling him ‘Grogu.’ The Slice’s official position on the title of Baby Yoda will forever remain ‘Baby Yoda.’ Until the name grows on me. Which probably won’t be long. But I feel like this is a classic example of a show taking an action that … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E5 Review: YEEEEESSSSS!!!!

‘Cordelia’ is a Thriller with a Missing Puzzle Piece

The psychological thriller Cordelia recently gained some traction when it sparked a massive, far-reaching horny uproar on Twitter over its promotional poster, which features Johnny Flynn, who plays Frank, and Antonia Campbell-Hughes as the lead Cordelia, in a roles-reversed pose, with Campbell-Hughes pinning Flynn against a wall. Needless to say, it was pretty effective marketing.  The movie itself, which is directed by Adrian Shergold, follows … Continue reading ‘Cordelia’ is a Thriller with a Missing Puzzle Piece

LIFF: ‘The Trouble with Nature’ is Clever and Humorous

The Trouble with Nature is a hilarious, unique, and witty debut film from Danish director Illum Jacobi. This periodic drama follows Eighteenth Century philosopher and scholar Edmund Burke on an imagined voyage through the French Alps in search of evidence for the concept he invited and published in his 1757 book A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. Burke was a Whig politician, an educated white man who invented the concept of the sublime, which refers to something that possess such greatness … Continue reading LIFF: ‘The Trouble with Nature’ is Clever and Humorous

LFF 2020 – Making the Most of Moments in ‘Another Round (Druk)’

The recent recipient of the Audience Award for Best Film at LFF, Another Round (Druk) marks the return of Thomas Vintenburg and Tobias Lindholm (co-writer) to the silver screen to deliver their best collaborative piece yet. It explores existentialism, identity and (you’ve guessed it) substance abuse and is being disputed as Vinterburg’s best work since Festen. This Swedish-Danish drama will be representing Denmark as their nomination for the International … Continue reading LFF 2020 – Making the Most of Moments in ‘Another Round (Druk)’

LIFF: Loneliness and Love in ‘The Whaler Boy’

The Whaler Boy is an intimate and immersive coming of age story that follows a naive teenage boy, from a remote whaling village in Russia, on his journey to find love. At its heart, Philipp Yuryev’s debut film explores human connection, boarders, longing, and the sacrifices one will make to get what they don’t have. This simple yet entrancing film is a slow-burner that feels … Continue reading LIFF: Loneliness and Love in ‘The Whaler Boy’

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E4 Review: Homecoming

[Editors note: this review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian] I’m lucky to have a great connection with my dad. He’s smart, kind, easy to talk to, we like a lot of the same stuff (he called me up the other night to gush about The Crown, a show I’ve been trying to get him and Mum to watch for years), etc. But, he never … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E4 Review: Homecoming

‘Ted Lasso’ Hits The Back of The Net

It’s not often that you hear about series based off of a viral commercial. Yet, here I am talking about Ted Lasso, the new Apple TV series based off of some NBC promos to encourage Americans to watch the Premier League. No, seriously. In 2013, Jason Sudeikis travelled across the pond over to White Hart Lane (and the Spurs training grounds) to portray Ted Lasso, an American Football … Continue reading ‘Ted Lasso’ Hits The Back of The Net

A ‘Change’ for Pale Waves

Last Tuesday, Pale Waves returned with their newest single Change in the lead up to the release of their second album, Who Am I?  Change is a song that lives up to its title by introducing a shift in the band’s direction. The track is about heartbreak and is a very playable song with an extremely catchy hook that feels both unique and familiar. Change teases at the bands’ versatility, leaning more towards nostalgic pop than the alt/indie sound that characterised their first album. Heather Baron-Gracie (singer and songwriter) has said that Avril Lavigne was a … Continue reading A ‘Change’ for Pale Waves

‘Happiest Season’ Strives for Merry Mediocrity

Amidst the flurries of snow in an idyllic Pennsylvania hometown, Happiest Season looks like a replica of the easily recognizable and oft parodied Hallmark formula. Akin to its predecessors, there’s a cynical Christmas-hater and their romantic interest, returning home from the big city for the holidays. But, whereas those films have formed a cinematic canon out of bland, innocuous (read: Waspy) heterosexuality, Happiest Season instead … Continue reading ‘Happiest Season’ Strives for Merry Mediocrity

LFF 2020 – ‘Cicada’ Reflects on Fact and Ficition

A semi-naked blonde boy stands motionless outside his family home, seemingly frozen in position. Buzzing from the summer insects intensifies, and the boy is no longer a boy – he is a man who suffers from intense nausea and won’t tell his flatmate why. This is Ben (Matthew Fifer), and he’s got a long journey ahead of him.   Cicada is a symphony of fact and fiction … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Cicada’ Reflects on Fact and Ficition

‘Peninsula’ – Humanity at its Most Triumphant and Terrifying

When Train to Busan premiered in 2016, it was like lightning in a bottle. It re-animated the zombie genre and brought life into the dying undead. It’s praised as one of the greatest modern zombie horrors, both for its terrifying depictions of the undead and the complex themes that run through it. It’s a remarkable piece of cinema through and through, and its prestige casts … Continue reading ‘Peninsula’ – Humanity at its Most Triumphant and Terrifying

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E3: Something Fishy This Way Comes

[Editors Note: This review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian] Much to my relief, there are no spiders this time around, but the creature-feature habit of The Mandalorian’s second season doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The first episode was the sand dragon, last time was *shudders*, but the weirdos of the week for ‘Chapter 11: The Heiress’, classily directed again by the … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E3: Something Fishy This Way Comes