Review // Stan and Ollie

Over the last few years, there have been a series of British film releases each January which achieve minor prospects in the awards season and which can be labelled as “shortbread tin cinema”, on account of their historical period aesthetic, lack of flashiness, and a sort of parochial attitude that only appeals to filmgoers over…

Feature // Year in Review: 2018

Illustration by Thomas Durham. The year began with The Shape of Water and ended with the cinematic debut of Aquaman while in-between was a veritable ocean of variously challenging, unconventional, intelligent and rousingly entertaining features – plus the floating turd of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The convergence of the global media landscape continued apace as…

Review // Sorry To Bother You

Eleven months since its Sundance Festival debut, the audaciously high-concept comedy Sorry To Bother You – written and directed by progressive rapper Boots Riley in his feature film debut – has finally arrived in the UK, capping off a banner year for black filmmakers after Jordan Peele’s Oscar win for Get Out, and the phenomenal…

Review // A Star Is Born

A raw and unflinching deconstruction of the music industry machine and the undue pressures forced upon vulnerable and traumatised artists in shameless pursuit of commercial success and societal relevance, anchored by a gut-wrenching performance from Lady Gaga. But enough about the superior Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two – the film actually being reviewed here…

Review // The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In 1993, two teenage girls sneak out of their high school prom to the parking lot where, under the dim glow of Friday night lights, they fumblingly caress each other in the backseat of a car. This precious expression of adolescent romance however is juxtaposed against a preceding shot pattern of closeups of nervous hair…