Category Archive: 2017

THE CAPTAIN [2017] (DER HAUPTMANN)

The Captain (Der Hauptmann) is an impressive, sad but darkly funny example of the notion that power corrupts not just the individual but those he influences. It is portrayed at a gradual and… Continue reading

THE DEATH OF STALIN [2017]

Barring the inimitable Dr. Strangelove, The Death of Stalin is perhaps the funniest comic political recreation in history. It succeeds in taking the death of a leader and turning it into a comic… Continue reading

HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES [2017]

An interesting experience, this film successfully depicts the intentional rebellious nature of Punk Rock while blending it within a fantasy film and a love story. Perhaps the only drawback is the lack of… Continue reading

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) [2017]

An interesting take on the refugee crisis that is sweeping Europe, this Finnish film manages to insert deadpan comedy within a complex drama about a man who has made it to Finland from… Continue reading

JOURNEY’S END [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Trench warfare has rarely been depicted in such a rough, emotional and visceral way. World War II seems to be the popular choice for war films, that or the… Continue reading

MUDBOUND [2017]

Unfortunately messages like this need to be a part of blockbuster superhero films, as an emotional drama simply doesn’t appeal to the masses. Sad, but the reality we live in. Mudbound starts slow… Continue reading

SHORT FILM: The Mountain of SGaana [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com The Mountain of SGaana starts with a fisherman buried in his phone, until he sees the ‘mouse woman’, a character from Haida mythology, who begins to knit a spiritual… Continue reading

ZOO [2017]

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com Based on a true story circa early 1940’s Belfast, fictionalised to make for a family movie, Zoo centres around Tom, a young teen whose father has left home to… Continue reading

SWEET COUNTRY [2017]

In what could be labelled as an Outback Western, Warwick Thornton’s second foray into directing after making a splash with Samson and Delilah in 2009- another film revolving around Aboriginal struggles- is again… Continue reading

BRIGSBY BEAR [2017]

Slightly borrowing a concept from other films, this is a story founded in a world of fantasy, much like James’ favourite show, Brigsby Bear. But no one he meets has heard of his… Continue reading