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…

IT Chapter Two

So, reviewing IT Chapter Two, what do I have to say? Both parts, directed by Andy Muschietti, seem to have a fair bit to say regarding existential fear and what have you, and are both decent exercises in stylistic horror too. But does Part Two deliver on the promise of the previous one, or could…

Pain And Glory

Pedro Almodovor’s always been, from what I’ve seen of his films, a reasonably flamboyant, sumptuous director, and here’s no exception, only it’s more restrained this time round. Starring one of his collaborators, Antonio Banderas, as a director, Salvador Mallo, he’s basically going through a mid-life crisis and this really allows Almodovor to play with time…

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

I’ve been a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s for a long time now, so I was pretty curious about his latest (and ninth and per reports penultimate) film, especially in light of what the ending might be, as it’s stirred a fair bit of discussion. So here goes. Set in 1969, at the end of Hollywood’s…

The Lion King

The original (part of a Disney renaissance in the 90s, not unlike how there’s a renaissance now in remaking their animated catalog into live-actions) is one of the first films I remember growing up on, watching it all the way back in nursery. So given the mixed response from critics, I was a bit anxious….