LFF 2017 – Brigsby Bear Review
Charming, sincere, and frequently hilarious, Brigsby Bear has all the necessities for an indie movie hit. If you’ve managed...
LFF 2017 – Roller Dreams Review
Energetic, thoughtful, and surprisingly relevant look at the explosion of a pop culture phenomenon on a sun-drenched Venice Beach...
LFF 2017 – Lady Bird Review
An exploration and celebration of female relationships, Lady Bird is a perfect snapshot of a teenage girl’s life. ​ ​”Coming of age” movies as they are so-called, appear with consistent regularity​, particularly in the run up to awards season. The quality of these – particularly in recent years –... Read more
LFF 2017 – Downsizing Review
Matt Damon discovers that “it’s a small world after all”, in this sci-fi comedy which is full of big ideas, but sadly not all of which land. The trailer for Downsizing certainly tried to emphasise how quirky and unique this film was promising to be, and off the bat... Read more
LFF 2017 – The Florida Project Review
In the shadow of “the happiest place on earth”, life is both a struggle and a wonderland. After the creatively audacious, yet wonderfully freewheeling Tangerine, director Sean Baker now turns his attention to the unexplored underbelly of America; geographically perhaps only a stone’s throw from Orlando’s most famous attraction,... Read more
LFF 2017 – Professor Marston and the Wonder Women Review
Lust, love, and lie-detectors in this surprising true story celebrating female superheroes both on and off the pages of comic books. Wonder Woman is hot property once again at the moment, with the recent entry into the DC Extended Universe, starring Gal Gadot as the eponymous heroine, being hailed... Read more
LFF 2017 – Loving Vincent Review
A staggering creative spectacle celebrating the life, work, and death of Vincent van Gogh. A film which is this ambitious in its scope will often have a reputation that precedes it, and indeed it is near impossible to talk to anyone about Loving Vincent without mentioning something along the... Read more
LFF 2017 – Big Fish & Begonia Review
Shades of Spirited Away in this sumptuous Chinese animated film. Whilst Japan, and in particular Studio Ghibli is the big hitter in Asian animation, the Chinese animated films should never be counted out, and Big Fish & Begonia (original title: Da Yu Hai Tang) proves to be every bit... Read more
LFF 2017 – On Chesil Beach Review
Bittersweet love story which fails to leave a lasting taste. In 2015’s Brooklyn, Irish born actress Saoirse Ronan was truly magnificent and 2017 sees her star in another romantic drama, this time in On Chesil Beach; an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novella of the same name. At only... Read more
LFF 2017 – Liyana Review
The power of imagination and storytelling, wonderfully realised in this documentary-animation hybrid. It might be a little too early to make a call on the best documentary at this year’s Oscars, but based on this debut film from Aaron & Amanda Kopp, you might just want to put an... Read more
LFF 2017 – Pickups Review

LFF 2017 – Pickups Review

Reviews 29th September 2017 0

Aidan Gillen plays “that bloke off the telly” in a meandering and meta character study of a struggling actor. With notable appearances in TV shows such as Game of Thrones and The Wire, as well as appearing in 2016’s surprise hit film, Sing Street, Aidan Gillen is becoming more... Read more
LFF 2017 – Ava Review

LFF 2017 – Ava Review

Reviews 24th September 2017 1

A unique take on the “coming of age” genre, Ava is a mesmerising first feature. It would be easy to make parallels with Andrea Arnold’s free-spirited American Honey (2016) and Marielle Heller’s controversial The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), and whilst it is very much cut from the... Read more
LFF 2017 – Brigsby Bear Review
Charming, sincere, and frequently hilarious, Brigsby Bear has all the necessities for an indie movie hit. If you’ve managed to avoid trailers prior to watching this film so as not to gauge what this film will be about, its opening moments manage to do little to clarify exactly what... Read more
LFF 2017 – Roller Dreams Review
Energetic, thoughtful, and surprisingly relevant look at the explosion of a pop culture phenomenon on a sun-drenched Venice Beach in the 1980s. It’s undeniably a bit of a niche topic for a documentary, and indeed the issues this documentary ends up exploring, seem a far cry away from the... Read more