Feature // In Defence Of: The Phantom Menace

Illustration by Thomas Durham 1999’s Star Wars: The Phantom Menace once held the title as the most anticipated film of a generation. Sixteen long-awaited years after Return of the Jedi plus leaps and bounds in special effects, yet it was ravaged by critics upon release. But did it ever really stand a chance? The Phantom Menace is one…

Review // Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots is a sumptuous period tale of marriages, murders and betrayals, dramatically pitting the Catholic Scottish Monarch Mary of the House of Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) against her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), last of the Tudor monarchs of England. The film begins with Mary’s return to Scotland to assume her throne…

Review // The Front Runner

For a presidential sure-thing, Gary Hart is not a particularly well or fondly remembered name. In the race for democratic nomination in 1988, Hart spectacularly fell from grace - the true story of Jason Reitman’s new political thriller, The Front Runner. For those that don’t remember, Hart’s presidential run was cut short when The Miami…

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 // Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Andy Serkis, known best for his highly acclaimed motion-capture work on the Lord of Rings and Planet of the Apes series' takes a spot in the director’s seat for his own live-action adaptation of the Jungle Book story Stripping itself of The Jungle Book name, Mowgli follows the titular character (Rohan Chand) as he attempts to survive…

Feature // 50 Years of Zombies

Illustration by Thomas Durham. Ah October, the month when horror is under the spotlight and everyone is searching for something scary to watch. This October however, is a little more special, marking the 50th anniversary of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. So much more than just another movie anniversary, this film is a landmark…

Review // Outlaw King

Last Friday I ventured to Edinburgh's Omni Vue to attend Outlaw King's all-important Scottish premiere, catching up with the cast as well as director David Mackenzie and producer Gillian Berrie. Outlaw King is Netflix's newest big-budget historical epic, depicting the tale of Robert the Bruce. Bruce's story takes place in 14th century Scotland, straight after…