Thursday 25 February 2021

Zine Scene

Leading up to my blog's 10th Anniversary, I had hoped to reveal or start something bigger than planned but I'm still quite please with what's coming. Hopefully it will be coupled with a change of scenary but until March 17th (yes, I know that's St Patrick's Day, it just so happened that way) I can show what I've made in the last few months.

Usually I pick a film I've written a longer piece about but for the last two I chose because both films were made by women, with female characters front and centre. I loved both films for different reasons and wanted to celebrate further. The zines are just something I enjoy doing if you're curious as why I make them. I'm hoping I can add PDF versions to my blog or website in the near future so everyone can see them and not just the lucky few who get physical copies.

Back in October, I was lucky to see Saint Maud again in the cinema and with a socially distanced full room. It was a great experience and thinking back it really makes me miss cinema more and more. I made a zine to celebrate the film further at the end of last year, one I'm really proud of.

Both films have received nominations at various awards. Waiting for the BAFTA nominations to come out but I'm really hoping both get some recognition.  

Friday 19 February 2021

Mogul Mowgli


In a sea of stories about identity, self-discovery and self-acceptance there was a chance that a story about a rapper experiencing a life changing disease could become like any other film but with a different perspective and with Riz Ahmed front and centre as well co-writing with director Bassam Tariq, we are given a film with layers of these well used story tropes.

From Zed’s politically charged lyrics to his vivid dreams he experiences as his conditions worsens, these only become more apparent as he begins to accept and embrace his roots. This is a way of him becoming freer creatively, despite the fact that he doesn’t get to perform the film’s hard hitting final track, ‘Toba Tek Singh’ which holds more weight than is fully revealed in the film.

Full review over at Filmhounds HERE.

Wednesday 10 February 2021

Watch List: January


Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale, released in 2002 was not received well, despite a few high-profile critics giving it a great review. Starting out with a exciting heist and double cross, the story takes a weird turn towards doppelgangers and stolen identities. Our femme fatale and self-proclaimed 'bad girl' of the title was full of intrigue. If the film had continued towards an actual conclusion and not the cliche dream switch at the end, this could have been a hit. 2/5


The Broken Hearts Gallery

As Rom-Coms go, this wasn't too bad. It was something different in the sense it was about a woman who wanted to open her own gallery and the main guy was trying to open a boutique hotel (whatever that is), both creative, both entrepreneurs. Also the love interest angle could be seen a mile off but wasn't fully addressed until their relationship had reached the 'greats friends' milestone. The main reason to watch this is for Geraldine Viswanathan who is a delight, despite her character being very annoying and pathetic to begin with. 3/5


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

After watching a few documentaries on Netflix about serial killers I naturally gravitated towards this film. Thankfully this wasn't a gruesome play by play of Ted Bundy's crimes. Being based on
Elizabeth Kloepfer's memories this was a very different look at the lead up to Bundy's arrest and trial. Zac Efron is superb as the killer, he got the charismatic unsettling psycho just right. Its insane to think how long the trial took and that he was allowed to represent himself, but there it is, in the real footage at the end. 3/5


Promising Young Woman

 Full throughts on the film HERE. Zine to follow soon. 4/5


Anything for Jackson

 Full review HERE. 3/5



 Full review is over at Filmhounds and can be read HERE. 3/5


The Capote Tapes

Full review is over at Filmhounds and can be read HERE. 4/5


Friday 5 February 2021

The Stylist - Final Girls Berlin Film Festival

Horror is a genre that takes all shapes, sizes, fears and even desires. It’s a genre that homages what came before its (like most genres) but it also has one of the most dedicated fanbases. When watching a new film in this genre, the need to compare it to others is automatic, whether it is in praise or disappointment. To come across something incredibly unique is a rare and beautiful thing and that is exactly what The Stylist is, in all its elegant gory glory.

For the full review, head over to Filmhounds HERE.

Thursday 4 February 2021

Interview with director Jill Gevargizian - Final Girls Berlin Film Festival


After the success and acclaim of her short film, The Stylist, back in 2016, director Jill Gevargizian decided to transform the short into her feature film debut. Following the lonely hairstylist Claire, played by Najarra Townsend, as she becomes obsessed with her clients lives, wanting to connect with others but instead feeding her own disturbed desires. As well as directing the film, Gevargizian is also a co-writer, producer and even has a cameo. Ahead of the Final Girls Berlin festival this month, we caught up with Gevargizian to talk about how this elegant horror came into being. 


For the full interview head over to Filmhounds HERE.

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Neo Noir: Marnie



Hitchcock's suspenseful sex thriller, as the poster for the film calls it, is borderline insane as its premise is ridiculous, on paper. On screen however, Tippi's Marnie is both a cold hearted thief and vulnerable woman suppressing childhood trauma that rears its head at the most difficult of times. On the surface the cruelty Marnie suffers is a punishment for crimes but really this is a exploration into her mind. Not as deep a dive as it could go but still a worthy Hitchcock classic that is mostly pushed aside in flavour of his other films. The double side to this film is connected to Tippi Hedren herself who only did the film because she contracted to due to the abuse she received from Hitchcock. This could be the real breakdown we witness from that stress. But that might reading too far into it.


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Tuesday 2 February 2021

Neo Noir: Gemini


A fusion of mystery, intrigue and confusion. Getting a glimpse into the world of a famous actress and her right had woman/PA who is by her side until the unthinkable happens, the famous actress is found dead under suspicious circumstances. The PA is suspect number one but is innocent so she goes down the rabbit hole looking for clues as to who actually did it. With cliche characters, Lola Kirke stands out next to them as the wrongfully accused. With little to go on, het search becomes more of a journey to dodge the police and the intrigue soon turns to confusion as to what and where the film is going. It feels as if this could have been the opening episode to a TV series. With neo noir edges and thriller elegance, this film sits nicely into the genre but lacks an inspiring plot. 


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Monday 1 February 2021



Rarely has a film intentionally silent film been ab keto capture the imagination without uttering a single word like Away does. There are animated films such as WALL-E where half the film is without a large amount of dialogue but incorporates different sounds and eventually robotic voices and noises before introducing characters that talk. Away shows us a world that looks like something we’ve seen somewhere and lands us immediately into a story that could be interpreted in a myriad of ways, which is, apart from the beautiful simplistic style of animation, is its key charm.


A young boy finds himself in a strange island after waking up suspended in a parachute. After narrowly escaping a strange entity, the boy ends up on a journey across the island. Along with a little bird as his companion, meeting other animals and encountering beautiful landscapes, they try to reach civilisation and out run the ominous entity that pursues them.

Director Gints Zilbalodis creatively constructs a world, its rules and brings us along for the ride through the boy in the story. By choosing no dialogue, there is no point of the film where you feel as if you’ve been removed from the world created. There are moments of pure bliss and freedom followed by those of ever closing despair that are all portrayed by creatures that show little emotion yet these immense feelings are manifested. At first glance is seems as if the film is not yet completed but the simplistic style of the animation strips back what is needed to enjoy the story being told. The scenes details, the landscapes are beautiful, in particular the mirror lakes. As the film doesn’t try to manipulate the audience into thinking how and why the boy ended up on the island, one interpretation is that it feels like a video game. As the boy collects items along the way, following a road that is mapped out with giant rings that signify a change in terrain, he also encounters different creatures, all the while checking where he is going according the postcard map, he finds with the backpack and motorbike he finds at the start of his journey. It’s as if he must complete levels at each chapter of the story.


It is indeed a beautifully formed film that feel unconventional and a style that needs to be used more in feature films. A journey story that is unlike any other, whether it is real, a dream or a game that one has to play, Away is the ultimate escapism that we all need right now.



Now available on Curzon Home Cinema and available to buy on all digital platforms