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….

Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbes & Shaw

What to say about this film, eh? Firstly, even though this has got a bit of a different flavour to the prior Fast and Furious films, if you didn’t like any of them, chances are you won’t with this one either. Directed by David Leitch, Hobbes & Shaw reteams Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham (as…

Beats

I can’t say I’m familiar with the rave scene at all really, which forms a pretty important backdrop of Beats, but it was interesting to watch how it plays out nonetheless. Set in 1994, it largely follows two friends, Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald), as they eventually plan to attend an illegal rave…

Midsommar

Let’s just get comparisons out of the way. Midsommar is not like The Wicker Man (original or remake), and instead, hot off of the heels of Hereditary, Ari Aster both writes and directs something all together more interesting. An awkward couple, Dani (Florence Pugh, a rising star) and Christian (Jack Reynor), along with friends, go…

Spider-Man: Far From Home

What to say about Spider-Man: Far From Home? For one thing, it’s worth mentioning that it’s a direct follow-up to Avengers Endgame, so if you haven’t seen that, you’re probably better off watching that first, because this really does follow up on that! But it’s also its own thing, in more ways than one as…