System Crasher is a brazen and unreserved telling of a child whose out-of-control behaviour prevents her from finding any type of permanence. Benni (Helena Zengel) is this story’s nine year-old girl who bounces from home to home, medical facility to medical facility, between blood-family and social worker as her inability to control her highly-emotional and … Continue reading System Crasher (Nora Fingscheidt, 2019)
November navigates the lives of poor Estonian villagers through the harsh landscape of a cold winter, stealing and thieving their way through survival. Folklore and traditions dictate their questionable behaviour, offering their blood to the Devil in exchange for a soul to inhabit their Kratt (a man-made and often crudely-constructed thing that aids the villagers … Continue reading November (Rainer Sarnet, 2017)
From first-time feature film director Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim stars well-known versatile actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and newcomer Jodie-Turner Smith as the titular characters. The trailer was an empowering Milk (Gus Van Sant, 2008)-esque vision of a fight against prejudice, hyping me up for what Kaluuya was going to bring to the table … Continue reading Queen & Slim (Melina Matsoukas, 2019)
Written by Shia LaBeouf during his time in rehab, Honey Boy is a semi-autobiographical film in which Shia plays his own father. Upon discovering his alcoholism is connected to PTSD from his upbringing, twenty-two year old Otis (Lucas Hedges, Lady Bird & Manchester by the Sea) works through his memories within the rehab programme. These … Continue reading Honey Boy (Alma Har’el, 2019)
Boy (James Rolleston) This is the first film by Taika Waititi that I’ve seen before, and after viewing it, I’m now looking forward to enjoying Jojo Rabbit, his newest feature, in the cinema. The first impression I got from Boy was a Wes-Anderson-esque feeling, visually and narratively. The characters and the way the shots are … Continue reading Boy (Taika Waititi, 2010)
This film could be set in a political, educational, religious, or any other setting that is built upon a hierarchal ladder; the environment doesn’t matter, as the story’s message is still the same. Based upon the true events from the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Phillipe Barbarin of Lyon for hiding the crimes of Father Bernard … Continue reading By the Grace of God (François Ozon, 2018)
I have been avidly waiting for this film, ever since watching Julieta (2016) and knowing his next film would be only two-three years after. Viewing his entire filmography for my dissertation on my small laptop screen was never ideal, so having the opportunity to see Pain and Glory on the cinema screen made the wait … Continue reading Pain and Glory / Dolor y Gloria (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019): a classic Almodóvarian tale.