Category film review

Blindspot 2017: The Conversation (1974)

Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) is a surveillance expert who can bug people at anytime and anywhere. Living in a isolated world, his business is his work. One day, he records a young couple, having a conversation in a park in San Francisco. When he finally is able to pierced together the entire recording, he soon […]

Blindspot 2017: Sucker Punch (2011)

Zack Snyder’s fifth film and his first foray as the triple threat of director, producer, and writer, Sucker Punch is a story about badass females seeking to escape disempowerment; a fantasy within a fantasy, a multilayered narrative of young women fighting against oppression and abuse. The film’s synopsis is as follows: A young girl (Emily […]

Fifty Shades Darker (2017): “No rules, no punishments, and no more secrets.”

Here we go again. Based on E.L. James’ trainwreck of an ‘erotic’ novel series, Fifty Shades Darker (2017, dir. James Foley) is the second of a trilogy, focusing on the relationship between two people which is characterised by a mixture of seemingly genuine affection and sexual sadism. Beginning at approximately the ending of the previous […]

Two New Releases: Arrival (2016); Hidden Figures (2016).

Despite my sluggish rate of posting film reviews recently due to insane work life and trying to find some time to sleep, I actually did find the time to watch two new films at the cinema recently – two Oscar-nominated films, no less. And somewhat in celebration of International Womens’ Day on the 8th of […]

Inferno (2016): “Seek, and find.”

Infer-nope. Inferno (2016), directed by Ron Howard, is the third film based on Dan Brown’s original novels about the adventures of renowned/fictitious Harvard professor and symbologist, Robert Langdon. The film’s synopsis is as follows: When Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Felicity […]

Mother Joan of the Angels (1961): Quick-shot review!

Looks like I have an interest in Polish films about nuns. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961) is a creepy drama, focusing on the sociological and psychological phenomenon of mass hysteria and its interpretation within a religious context as demonic possession. Directed by¬†Jerzy Kawalerowicz and based on the supposedly true event of the Loudun possessions, […]

Two Short Films: You Lose (2016); Come Together (2016).

To kick off my film reviewing in 2017, I present to you two (very) short films – one focusing on the sociological phenomenon of the Circle Game, and another, a Christmas special directed by Wes Anderson for Swedish fashion chain H&M. Both are slightly similar in their creative aspects, and both are great shorts. Onwards! […]

Two Short Films: Elms (2014); Home (2016).

Elms (2014) and Home (2016) are two very different short films indeed – one being a visual poem featuring the titular tree, and the other a short narrative focusing on a homeless woman portrayed brilliantly by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Both films are available to watch online, so I’ve linked them below should you wish to give […]

Look Who’s Back (2015): Quick-shot review!

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Based on the book by Timur Vermes, Look Who’s Back (2015, dir. David Wnendt) is a satirical comedy which ponders what might happen if a certain extreme right-wing fascist dictator might be brought back to life in modern day Germany. Its synopsis is as follows: Adolf Hitler wakes up in…

Every Bond Film Reviewed in One Sentence

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
My partner is the biggest James Bond fan I have ever known in my entire life. He has seen all of the films (except for Die Another Day and the Daniel Craig era ones) probably about one hundred times each. He’s recently started another Bond marathon, and I somehow came…