Category: 2019

HARPOON [2019]

  Harpoon is director Rob Grant’s most conventional film of his decade-long career given his past experimental approach to film-making. Harpoon is hardly experimental and therefore much more accessible, though it retains the staunchly independent qualities that define his work. This latest effort possesses… Continue Reading “HARPOON [2019]”

THE PAINTED BIRD [2019]

Original review written for Cinemaaxis.com Not unlike Pasolini’s ‘The 120 Days of Sodom’, The Painted Bird film will be known by some as ‘that three hour child torture movie’, ‘child torture porn’, or a similar, basic summary along these lines. I hope I am… Continue Reading “THE PAINTED BIRD [2019]”

THE GENTLEMEN [2019]

As always, thanks again to Courtney:   Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen signifies a return to the crime-laden and humourous style that originally established his career. Save for Matthew McConaughey’s criminal protagonist ‘Mickey’, who hails from the US in a very odd and out of… Continue Reading “THE GENTLEMEN [2019]”

PT 3 – (FINALLY) THE END OF MY DRUNKEN MIDSOMMAR DIATRIBE

The extensive use of psychedelics against Christian’s will is hard to ignore; it is clear that after Dani is crowned, Christian has no idea what is happening, amplified by the man next to him blowing yet more foreign but obviously psychedelic dust from the… Continue Reading “PT 3 – (FINALLY) THE END OF MY DRUNKEN MIDSOMMAR DIATRIBE”

PT 2: DRUNKEN MIDSOMMAR RANTING ON THE BEST MOVIE OF 2019

So, it seems apparent then that one of the Hårga’s traditions once they reach the age of 72, the end the final ‘cycle’, they jump off a cliff, not before being carried like a king to the cliff beforehand. I’m sure this latter part… Continue Reading “PT 2: DRUNKEN MIDSOMMAR RANTING ON THE BEST MOVIE OF 2019”

PT 1: ANALYSIS OF THE ULTIMATE MINDF*CK MOVIE: MIDSOMMAR [2019]

Over a decade ago as an unemployed, young 20-something man-child, I sat on my backside every day, all day, watching movies, often inebriated. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, I don’t remember much from those days. Though funnily enough, I remember Memento vividly despite having major memory… Continue Reading “PT 1: ANALYSIS OF THE ULTIMATE MINDF*CK MOVIE: MIDSOMMAR [2019]”

ATLANTICS [2019]

  Mati Diop uses her first short, a documentary of the same name, as thematic inspiration for her first full length feature. Diop opts to write a fictional story that sits parallel to the first, which followed four young men attempting to cross the… Continue Reading “ATLANTICS [2019]”

AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (DA XIANG XI DI ER ZUO) [2019]

With a debut film that clocks in at 3 hours and 40 minutes, it is safe to say that Hu Bo was confident in his vision: a focused and calculated piece that creates an instantly noticeable visual statement. Bo doesn’t have much hope for… Continue Reading “AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (DA XIANG XI DI ER ZUO) [2019]”

THE TWO POPES [2019]

As always, many thanks to Courtney of Cinemaaxis.com. This story may revolve around Catholicism and its traditions and beliefs, but the film transcends this framework and, incredibly, manages to avoid any political bias. The airtight script creates a consistent, relaxed tone: the chemistry between… Continue Reading “THE TWO POPES [2019]”

IN FABRIC [2018]

There are several strands that make up  In Fabric, some making perfect sense, others incredibly disturbing –  the film uses nightmare logic, where the opposite of what makes sense is exactly what happens. To begin however, the world we see looks quite normal. A… Continue Reading “IN FABRIC [2018]”

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