Review – Journeyman

Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine, is not an easy watch. Not because it’s bad. Far from it. It’s because of Considine’s ability as both a writer and a director to tap into the real hardships that people face and then focus fully in on it. He writes stories that are tough and have no easy solution. He creates characters that can be challenging and not always the people you want them to be. Like I said, Journeyman is not easy watch – and it will certainly not be a film that everyone has the fortitude for – but there’s a powerful experience in Journeyman, and one I’m interested to talk about. So, let’s find out if this is a film for you. Read more

Review – The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin, directed by Armando Iannucci, is both one of the funniest films I’ve seen this year and also one of the darkest films I’ve seen this year. The film has great fun with its story and fills the scenes with richly devious individuals who you love to hate. Armando Iannucci is brilliant at cutting to the core of the stupidity of people and situations (his previous work like, The Thick of It, being a prime example of this) and the film is full of conversations, backstabbing and horrendous acts that leave you laughing, but also a little uncomfortable. There is humour and there is also darkness, but what is it that makes this film so much fun to watch? Let’s explore that and more in my review. Read more

Review – The Girl with All the Gifts

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The Girl with All the Gifts, directed by Colm McCarthy, is a film that delivers an interesting concept; one with characters who thankfully don’t play into what first seems to be some predictable rolls, and also a world that is well fleshed out and explored. There is however something missing from the film; heart. Let’s get the review underway and see how the film shapes up. Read more

Review – Macbeth

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Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel is the antithesis of exquisitely indulgent film making, and each moment is more glorious than the last. Like a visual and auditory bombardment  — every aspect of the film is finely tuned, to a point where there is such a deliberate feeling to the smallest of details. This is a film that burrows itself deep within your memory and nothing is going to shake it out for some time. Read more