The Assistant

Heads up, Kitty Green (the director and writer) doesn’t want to emphasise this film as being related to Harvey Weinstein. His shadow sure looms over, but I can see where she’s coming from. All this is about essentially is a day-in-the-life of a film company assistant, Jane (played with extremely committed low-key energy by Julia…

Quiz

Not too long after Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? began, like lots of British people I got caught up in the fever, even though I was only around eight at the time. My brother and I would even use one of the tie-in books and quiz each other, and owned the Game Boy Advance…

Les Miserables

(No relation at all to the musical other than the setting also being Montfermil) Watching Les Miserables reminded me of this year being the 25th anniversary of La Haine, another highly powerful French movie engaging with their issue of police brutality, and how this sadly feels circular in terms of talking about what’s essentially the same…

Avatar: Retrospective Review

This is my 6th time watching the film, and I still somehow think it’s great. It can’t just be hype on its own that makes me still a fairly big fan though, has to be something more as well. What could it all be? Well, I was inspired to rewatch this because given the whole…

Military Wives

I recently watched this with my parents via quite an interesting release strategy, PVOD (Premium Video On Demand). That means a film’s simultaneously watchable in the cinema as well as purchasable per streaming. It’s nothing new by all means, but it’s curious that given the Coronavirus some studios are releasing certain movies straight through this…

I Am Legend: Retrospective Review

When this came out back in 2007 I remember seeing it with a friend, and we were both in Year 10 at the time and afterwards ended up discussing I Am Legend with fellow Year 10s during lunch such as regarding the social isolation Will Smith’s Robert Neville suffers from being alone for three years,…

The Railway Children+Watership Down Reviews

The Railway Children: Since childhood I’ve always meant to watch The Railway Children (1970), yet for some reason I never did, so have now corrected this “sin”, and I can say this was a pretty cool watch. It’s about three well-off children, Roberta, Phillis, and Peter, who after their father’s accused of a crime have…

System Crasher

I happened to come across this in Total Film magazine, and it piqued my curiosity, so I thought why not give System Crasher a watch? And boy, was it worth a watch, although the subject matter’s admittedly quite raw. It’s a German film directed and written by Nora Fingscheidt where per undercover research she happened…

The Day Shall Come

Having last directed and co-written the bravely satirical Four Lions (2010), Chris Morris returns basically a decade later with another bravely satirical film, only this is pretty different. It’s pretty different because the story’s mainly about a multi-ethnic Miami preacher (Moses, wonderfully played by Marchant Davis), who while the FBI is in the midst of,…

Uncut Gems

I haven’t really watched much of Adam Sandler’s comedy, because I can tell it’s not for me. This looked pretty cool though and he did a really good job in Punch-Drunk Love of playing a more dramatic role, so I decided to give Uncut Gems a shot. Worth saying too before I definitely get into…