The Irishman – Martin Scorsese (2019)

More than just a celebration of a bygone era of gangster films, Scorsese's The Irishman shows just how far one of America's most dynamic filmmakers really has come. Boasting strong performances from three of the greatest actors of the 20th century, a wonderfully put together script and the professional direction of an all time great, The Irishman, offers … Continue reading The Irishman – Martin Scorsese (2019)

Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory) – Pedro Almodovar (2019)

A melancholic but playful tale of an ageing film director reflecting on the decisions of his past, Dolor y Gloria is the latest feature from Pedro Almodovar and it feels as his most personal yet. Colourful and charming whilst reflective and gentle, Dolor y Gloria stands out from Almodovar's previous work as his most human to date, which is … Continue reading Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory) – Pedro Almodovar (2019)

Modernising Classical Shakespeare: The King – David Michod (2019)

Retelling the story of King Henry V that was made famous by Shakespeare's plays, The King boasts an outstanding cast, a strong script and an all round well put together piece. Choosing to play to safe with the creative license holds The King back from being one of the big releases of the year, but the solid direction … Continue reading Modernising Classical Shakespeare: The King – David Michod (2019)

An Uncomfortable Intimacy: The Lighthouse – Robert Eggers (2019)

Undoubtedly one of the most visually and audibly striking films of the year, Robert Eggers'  The Lighthouse is a strange tale of madness among men in isolation. Pattinson gives a performance to rival the best of this year and Eggers ability to pull tropes of different genres and styles into a hallucinatory trip into the darkest areas … Continue reading An Uncomfortable Intimacy: The Lighthouse – Robert Eggers (2019)

One Bad Day – Joker, Todd Philips (2019)

Led by an Oscar worthy performance from Joaquin Phoenix, Joker tells the origin story on screen of the iconic Batman villain. It's not perfect by any means and there is warranted controversy surrounding its thematic message. However it is a compelling watch that is almost completely carried by Phoenix's performance and a very well designed soundtrack, even … Continue reading One Bad Day – Joker, Todd Philips (2019)

Saturday 21st at the Film Festival

Starting at 11am and ending at 7pm the lineup for the day consisted of three very different films that would culminate in a discussion event with two of the industries most successful directors to have come out of Canada. The first was A Brother's Love, a French speaking Quebecian film by first time feature director Monia Chokri … Continue reading Saturday 21st at the Film Festival

The Love of One’s Muse: Blinded by the Light – Gurinda Chadha (2019)

A surprisingly effective, heart warming story of a young man finding himself through the music of Bruce Springsteen. Blinded by the Light is a corny feel good flick. There is something about it however that just rings right. Whether it's one, two or all of the combined elements, this film might surprise you with how much you … Continue reading The Love of One’s Muse: Blinded by the Light – Gurinda Chadha (2019)

An Exercise in Under-Performing: Hobbs and Shaw – David Leitch (2019)

Even though it had the potential to really push the boundaries of this franchise and explore new avenues, Hobbs and Shaw is sadly an underwhelming experience. It's two leads do a great job of carrying the plot with great chemistry and a few laugh out loud one liners but even with all their machismo, they're unable to … Continue reading An Exercise in Under-Performing: Hobbs and Shaw – David Leitch (2019)