‘The Mandalorian’ S2E6 Review: NO!

[Editors note: this review contains spoilers for The Mandalorian] As soon as the episode title was revealed to be ‘The Tragedy’ I knew we were in trouble. It’s a sign of how invested I am in the show that I can get emotionally unsettled by a mere title drop, but here we are. New Star Wars content began to roll out again when I was … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2E6 Review: NO!

‘Mank’: The Black Magic of the Movies

David Fincher is probably one of Hollywood’s finest misanthropes. From Fight Club to The Social Network, his cinematic offerings are full of moody settings and contemptuous characters often sucked in and spat out by a world that revels in their suffering. Any attempts to chance their hell of a world for the better often end up dooming it. So how to explain Mank? Fincher’s 11th … Continue reading ‘Mank’: The Black Magic of the Movies

‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Star Sidney Flanigan: “I Won’t Live in a World Where You Can’t Get an Abortion”

In January and February this year, despite glimmers of the coronavirus that would completely derail the industry and the world, the Sundance and Berlin film festivals managed to go on mostly unscathed. Featuring at both of those events was Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always, a quiet, understated drama about Autumn, a young woman who travels to New York with her cousin Skyler to get … Continue reading ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ Star Sidney Flanigan: “I Won’t Live in a World Where You Can’t Get an Abortion”

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E5 Review: YEEEEESSSSS!!!!

[Editors note: this review contains spoilers for The Mandalorian] I’ll get this out of the way now – I’m not calling him ‘Grogu.’ The Slice’s official position on the title of Baby Yoda will forever remain ‘Baby Yoda.’ Until the name grows on me. Which probably won’t be long. But I feel like this is a classic example of a show taking an action that … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E5 Review: YEEEEESSSSS!!!!

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E4 Review: Homecoming

[Editors note: this review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian] I’m lucky to have a great connection with my dad. He’s smart, kind, easy to talk to, we like a lot of the same stuff (he called me up the other night to gush about The Crown, a show I’ve been trying to get him and Mum to watch for years), etc. But, he never … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E4 Review: Homecoming

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E3: Something Fishy This Way Comes

[Editors Note: This review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian] Much to my relief, there are no spiders this time around, but the creature-feature habit of The Mandalorian’s second season doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The first episode was the sand dragon, last time was *shudders*, but the weirdos of the week for ‘Chapter 11: The Heiress’, classily directed again by the … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E3: Something Fishy This Way Comes

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E2: Oh God No

[Editors note: this contains minor spoilers for The Mandalorian] Chapter 10: ‘The Passenger’, is my least favourite episode The Mandalorian has ever produced, and it’s not even close. But before you break your neck from the tonal whiplash from last week’s adoring review and this one; to be completely fair, my reaction isn’t even much to do with the actual quality of the episode at … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E2: Oh God No

Review – ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E1: Oh Baby

During the last twenty minutes of this episode I had to remind myself I was watching television. Not the fact that I was literally watching it on a TV screen, rather how this wasn’t a tentpole cinema release but an episode of a web series. The Mandalorian is cinematic in a way that even the heights of something like Game of Thrones never achieved, while … Continue reading Review – ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E1: Oh Baby

Review – ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a Sorkin Showcase at His Most Uneven – and Occasionally His Best

Aaron Sorkin’s talent often infuriates me. Not out of the usual envy I can’t help but have for people as gifted at writing as him, but because he seems to rarely find an outlet for his considerable skill as a wordsmith that truly suits him. Although Sorkin’s characters speak a lot, they often don’t feel like they have much to actually say – he sums … Continue reading Review – ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ is a Sorkin Showcase at His Most Uneven – and Occasionally His Best

LFF 2020 – ‘Honeymood’ is a Supremely Charming Marriage Story

Talya Lavie’s new Israeli comedy Honeymood starts with the ending.  Or, at least the ending you expect for a romantic comedy; THE WEDDING! The exchange of vows, the lifelong commitment and lifelong bliss; the rest of your existence tied up in a neat bow together. The grand finale. Honeymood starts by placing us in the hallway of the bridal suite, where our groom, Ran Danker’s Noam, carries our giggling bride, … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Honeymood’ is a Supremely Charming Marriage Story