1917

Some complain about there being too many superhero films. For me, there’s too many history-related+biopic movies around awards season. So it’d take something special in this film category to impress me. Did 1917 impress me? Let’s find out.. Sam Mendes – as the director and co-writer – builds on what he did with the last…

Little Women

I didn’t know anything about the story of Little Women itself or previous film adaptations going in, so I felt new as I sat down to watch it. Coming not knowing anything about it at all, did this put me at a disadvantage? Or did Greta Gerwig, the writer and director, suck me in anyway?…

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

So, a particular narrative structure of Star Wars (the Skywalker Saga), definitively comes to an end here. Question is though, with 40+ built-up years of hype and JJ Abrams basically as the director sort of being brought on at the last minute etc., does The Rise Of Skywalker deliver? It’s sort of a mixed question…

Le Mans 66′

I didn’t know anything about the real-life story going in, so this was already set out to be an interesting experience. Basically, the story’s about an automotive car designer Carroll Shelby (played by Matt Damon, charming+committed), teaming up with a British racer (Christian Bale, also charming+committed to the role, if not even more so!) to…

The Irishman

Based on a non-fiction? book I Heard Your Paint Houses and accordingly the story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) allegedly killing the union mob leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), we find the director Martin Scorsese and everyone else really working at their best. Plus, notably, this was financed and distributed by Netflix but does…

Blue Story

I read about this in Sight & Sound magazine and it sure stimulated my curiosity. So, what did I think of the film? First, it’s about two friends Timmy and Marco, split between two Deptford and Peckham (South-East London areas) gangs and unfortunately then get drawn into a conflict. What’s interesting about how this is…

Sorry We Missed You

Well, this was a politically emotional and sensational film to say the least. I mean, to be fair it’s Ken Loach so that shouldn’t be too surprising, but there you go. Anyway, on to the review.. It’s basically about a father Ricky (Kris Hitchen, excellent) and his family who struggle post-2008 financial crash, being forced…

Star Wars: A Look Back At The Eight Main Films So Far

It’s around two months before a certain Star Wars film comes out and personally I can’t wait. To celebrate, I’m looking back at and re-reviewing all eight saga films so far. Check them out: The Phantom Menace: Despite having something of a slow pace (although one could argue that’s part of the point given how…

A Hidden Life – BFI Film Festival Review

Terrence Malick sure is curious. He’s one of those maverick filmmakers that really blossomed during the 1970s, and hasn’t since admittedly been making lots of films (although that seems to be changing!). But, also factoring in his spiritual directorial style, and minimal public presence (if any 😉), it all helps make his latest, A Hidden…

Joker

What do I say about this? I mean admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about whether they could pull this off, given it would supposedly be a Joker origin story, so even with Joaquin Phoenix’s attachment in mind as the Joker, who I’ve long admired as an actor, I was still somewhat skeptical! As it…