AFI 2020 – ‘Belushi’: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

The term “revolutionary”, at least in the entertainment industry, is highly subjective. How big of an impact is enough to even be considered for the label? What level of stardom does one have to reach? Hypothetically, the criteria are endless and ever-shifting. But, once in a blue moon there’s a figure that undeniably makes an impact on the industry– shifting the perception and boundaries of … Continue reading AFI 2020 – ‘Belushi’: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

The Slice at FrightFest 2020

The spooky season is upon us. FrightFest 2020 has promised us a fine and frightening selection of features from across the world, each with their intriguing tale to entwine and trap us within, like a spider to a fly. I got the chance to cover the festival for the first time, which has always been a dream of mine – and I wasn’t disappointed with … Continue reading The Slice at FrightFest 2020

FrightFest 2020 – ‘Alien on Stage’: A Chestburstingly Heartwarming Journey

Many of you may have heard of the high school in America that performed Alien as its own stage play, garnering a global media buzz that led to universal praise for the cast and crew. However, this was not the first endeavor into transforming Alien from terrifying sci-fi horror to the stage; that honor goes to a group of bus drivers in Dorset, and their … Continue reading FrightFest 2020 – ‘Alien on Stage’: A Chestburstingly Heartwarming Journey

LFF 2020 – ‘Wildfire’ Puts a Spotlight on Grief and Support

It is always reassuring, when watching a film, to feel as though you are in safe hands. By this I mean that from the first frame, you get a strong sense of invasion in that the director at work is about to take you on a sincere, controlled journey that will evoke deep emotion. This is exactly how I felt upon viewing the opening of Wildfire, … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Wildfire’ Puts a Spotlight on Grief and Support

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

LFF 2020 – ‘Limbo’ is Compelling and Comical

The Western Isles of Scotland transform into purgatory for a group of asylum seekers in Ben Sharrock’s gorgeously shot, bitingly funny Limbo. After fleeing war-torn Syria, musician Omar (Amir El-Masry) waits for the result of his asylum request with his peers, while being clumsily educated on culture awareness and social mobility by officials. His severance from his home and family is brought to life through … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Limbo’ is Compelling and Comical

LFF 2020 – ‘Rose: A Love Story’ Struggles to Tell a Story

The title of Rose: A Love Story wants you to know how subversive it’s being by really being “A Love Story” when it looks like a survivalist genre flick, featuring a deadly virus, post-apocalypse level isolation and moments of vampiric horror. Rose, unfortunately, fails to present any evidence of subversive or intelligent storytelling, and is dragged down by a flimsy script and tedious pacing. Married … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Rose: A Love Story’ Struggles to Tell a Story

LFF 2020 – ‘One Man and His Shoes’ is an Engrossing Michael Jordon Marketing Documentary

For those happily basking in the feel-good glow of the Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance (2020), Yemi Bamiro’s dissection of the production history and cultural impact of Nike’s Air Jordan shoes shines a revealing light on the unsavoury corporate machinations of 1980s America, and how the ripples from this branding reverberate politically to this day. What starts out as a glossy, rapid-paced sports … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘One Man and His Shoes’ is an Engrossing Michael Jordon Marketing Documentary

LFF 2020 – ‘Industry’ is Gripping Start to the Series

Investment bankers are not a profession with a good public image. Seen by many as responsible for the 2008 global financial crisis, it is easy to see why. So, this begs the question, what type of people would want to become investment bankers in today’s world? It is understandable that it’s a role that pays particularly well, but the dubious ethical nature of the work … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Industry’ is Gripping Start to the Series

LFF 2020 – ‘Days’ Emphasises on Small Significant Moments

Tsai Ming-liang returns from exile to bring to us his new film Days, a film that captures the beauty and sometimes heartache of those fleeting interactions you think about forever. Starring Tsai’s long-time collaborator Lee Kang-Sheng, the film follows two men as they slowly meet, and then part, their before and afters completely unknown to us.  Days is a film entirely about the moment. Despite a runtime … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Days’ Emphasises on Small Significant Moments

LFF 2020 – ‘Sound for the Future’ is a Unique Look into Post-Punk

What is post-punk? It is a classification given to bands from The Specials to Orange Juice, from The Fall to DEVO. At its base it is a slower, more reggae influenced punk, heavier on bass and less focused on the rejection of a faceless and apolitical “authority”. Heavy stuff. Very theoretical. There have been many books written on the post-punk era, Simon Reynolds’ Rip It Up … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Sound for the Future’ is a Unique Look into Post-Punk

LFF 2020 – ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ is Visually Pleasing Yet Repetitive

In a wealthy gated Polish estate, made up of rows and rows of newly built, spacious and identical houses, dissatisfaction settles over everything. Couples observe tense silences, commit affairs, and struggle to connect with their children. While all their homes look alike, they couldn’t be more separate from each other, and gossiping happens as soon as doors are closed. As they push further on into … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ is Visually Pleasing Yet Repetitive