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Now TV – The Last Jedi Possibly the most divisive film of recent memory, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi joined Now TV’s roster this past month. It’s a subversive, challenging sequel and a course-changing outing for our heroes and the villains; a film all about letting go of the past and embracing the future… plus Porgs! If you liked it when you first saw it, you’ll love it even more when rewatching; if you hated it, there’s no better time to give it a second chance; and if you haven’t seen it before, boy you’ve got some catching up to…

Review written 14/05/2018. In amidst the hustle and bustle of the Palais, staggering from one pondering intense drama to another, each as bleak yet often as breathtaking as the last, sometimes what is truly needed is a comfortable watch to recharge the batteries and lower the brow from high, a smattering of chuckles and a story that fits like a pair of old slippers, familiar, a tad musty, but rewardingly well shaped to the beats of the path you have trodden many times before. Enter Sink or Swim, a quirky French comedy that follows the fictitious creation of France’s first…

Review written 13/05/2018. A haphazard adaptation of a literary masterpiece sadly executed with the conviction of a tepid dystopian YA fic – the only fire stoked in Ramin Bahrani’s Fahrenheit 451 is by the firefighters and, when trying to grapple with one of the most incendiary works in literary history, that simply cannot be enough. For a story that is centred around the power of the written word and the stories we tell and are told, this wouldn’t be missed if the bookpocalypse ever came to pass. This was a film anticipated feverishly for ages but one too that in the…

Review written 12/05/2018. A bit Baby Driver, a bit A Clockwork Orange in the protagonist, a little bit Scorsese, smatterings of Tarantino, but make no mistake, Luis Ortega’s The Angel is an absolute breath of fresh air. Stylish, slick, and with a soundtrack to die for – almost literally – crime never looked so cool. Newcomer Lorenzo Ferro takes on the role of “The Angel” – Carlos Robledo Puch – the real-life teenage serial killer, rapist, thief, and arsonist who sent shockwaves around the world 40 years ago, a real life Dorian Gray if ever there were one and all…

Review Written 12/05/2018. Preceding the screening, Jim Cummings said it’s okay to laugh, it’s okay to cry. I laughed, I cried, and it was brilliant. Without a doubt the sleeper showstopper of Cannes 2018. I wish more people knew about Cummings’ work, they only just about filled a 350 seat theatre for a man whose work is pure and powerful, yet Godard draws in thousands for an absolute mess just because of the weight of a name. Thunder Road is absorbed in the inglorious nature of grief, the attempts to salvage pride in our darkest moments and the inexplicable things…

Review written 11/05/2018. Oscar Wilde once said that all art is pointless. Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book makes a compelling case for the truth in that assertion. The film does almost everything a film can possibly do and is undeniably mesmerising, but I defy anyone who says Godard’s grand concept reveals itself in any way upon first viewing. Stunted snippets from over a century of art, cinema, and historic news footage, spliced with stunted snippets of sound and the droll utterances of Godard himself philosophising in broken translations form the entirety of the New Wave maestro’s latest step towards oblivion. Godard…

Review written 11/05/2018. Mads Mikkelsen is THE man. Move over Castaway, The Grey, All Is Lost, The Revenant… Arctic is the definitive Man VS Nature film. The film picks up several weeks into the plight of light aircraft captain Overgård (Mikkelsen), who finds himself stranded in the vast abyss that is the Arctic. His daily routine consists of baiting for fish, trying to pick up a signal to call for help, and working to keep a giant SOS sign carved into the ice. He has a primal machismo and a steeliness in the face of the unforgiving clime, resolutely waiting…

Review written 10/05/2018. I have just left the Grand Lumiere Theatre after attending the premiere of Zimna Wodjna – Cold War. My thoughts are flying away from me and all I am left with is absolute revelry. Out of nowhere a moment of luck and kindness granted me a chance to fulfil a lifelong dream, and there I was, walking the red carpet and taking a seat amongst the very people who I have spent a lifetime looking up to and aspiring to join. If ever there was a moment that could really change somebody’s life, this was it for…

Review written 10/05/2018. “We have one mother. One mother for all. She is sick.” So says a disaffected militant midway through Sergei Loznitsa’s Donbass, a pseudo-documentary with blacker than black humour that works only perfunctorily, a potentially smart move on Loznitsa’s part squandered by his inability to establish a tone and stick with it. And boy does he paint a very bleak portrait of his home nation, as lethargic as his directorial style. Using a vignette form with some admittedly well-executed transitions, Donbass takes aim at the fake news, fractured alliance, corrosive and explosive society of Ukraine circa 2014 but…

Review written 10/05/2018 So my first screening of Cannes 2018 has been and passed, after the hustle of getting into the majestic Palais I made the ascent to the quaint Bunuel theatre for a little publicised but much anticipated film, Willdlife. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan alongside newcomer Ed Oxenbould, the film follows the breakdown of a small American family against a backdrop of the dramatic Rockies mountain range and the oncoming wildfire that is ever-building but never reaching, destroying on the peripheries of idyllic suburban America as a metaphor for the internal ruptures explored throughout. In short, I…

When you hear the name ‘Steven Spielberg’, closely followed by the words ‘new film’, your ears immediately begin to prick up and listen to what is being said about it. One of the most loved filmmakers over many generations, bringing us Jaws, Indiana Jones, E.T, Back To The Future, Jurassic Park; I could go on for the majority of this article. Despite all of his outlandish and mesmerising creations over the past few decades, Ready Player One has to be up there with one of the most imaginative. Ready Player One, based on the book by Ernest Cline of the…

There is nothing worse than a film that has the potential to be a groundbreaker, starts out with all of the promise you had hoped to be witnessing, and then goes and messes things up because it takes the viewer for a mug. Well hello Unsane, Steven Soderbergh’s read the terms and conditions thriller shot on the iPhone 7 Plus – available from all good retailers now; kerching. Claire Foy stars as Sawyer Valentini, a young woman who – under stress from being stalked – seeks a consultation at a mental health facility. When she unwittingly signs a contract consenting to…

By Arron Williams Neill Blomkamp is one of those directors that people don’t really know the name of. People are aware of his works, but unlike household names such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, no one really talks about him. It is safe to say that he has successfully kept under the radar. Now, don’t worry if you aren’t aware of who he is; Neill Blomkamp is a South African sci-fi film director who has only had three major cinema film releases. However, he is an incredibly active short-film director, but I will get onto that later. Blomkamp is…

Netflix. Amazon. Now TV. Kodi sticks. Illegal streaming. It has never been easier to watch films than it is today, and it has never been cheaper either quite frankly. For around £7 a month, you can pick any of the available streaming services and have hundreds of thousands of films ready to go in the comfort of your own home. Couple that in with home comforts like your favourite pyjamas and your cosy bed, all tucked up with Poundland’s finest nibbles and drinks at your disposal, and for a tenner at most, you’re good to go. Now, with Netflix dealing…

Over the last few weeks, it seems that Disney have taken a stronghold on releasing teasers and trailers, with a trio of films that will undoubtedly please a vast audience throughout many generations. They did a marvellous job with the live action extravaganza of Beauty and the Beast last year, so the excitement will be higher than ever for the two remakes, and then the long awaited sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. Christopher Robin: The beloved Winnie the Pooh returns to the big screen in a live action, CGI film titled Christopher Robin. It stars Ewan McGregor as a grown up…

Marvel Studios have really hit their stride over the past decade. For 10 years, they have given us so many memorable moments, found a formula that has spanned across now 18 films, working more often than not, and made us wait until the end credits for a snippet of footage or absolutely nothing at all; they really do have the fans and audience members hook, line and sinker. 2018 is a big year for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), as we finally get to see what has been building for those 10 years; Avengers: Infinity War. But before that, we…

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