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Blindspot 2016: The Fall (2006)

Tarsem Singh’s The Fall (2006) is a beautiful, dreamlike film-within-a-film. Its synopsis is as follows: In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind […]

Zodiac (2007): “Man is the most dangerous animal of all.”

A beast of a thriller directed by David Fincher and based on a book of the same name by Robert Graysmith, Zodiac (2007) is a story that technically has no ending. Zodiac is a compelling tale of obsession and criminal riddle-solving whilst a serial killer stalks his prey. Its synopsis is as follows: A serial […]

A Timely Blogathon: Ida (2013)

A monochromatic drama set in 1960s Poland, Ida (2013, dir. Paweł Pawlikowski) is a powerful film about identity, whether this is individual, religious, or cultural; and about a young woman who seeks to navigate the muddy waters between her present identity, and a newly discovered one. Well-known for winning the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar […]

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988): “I’m a man, like everyone else.”

A highly controversial film about the life and human frailties of Jesus Christ, The Last Temptation of Christ (1988, dir. Martin Scorsese) caused quite a stir upon its release. Portraying Jesus as a human man who is tormented by the voice of God as he builds his following and is eventually crucified, the film is […]

Under the Skin (2013): “Where are you from?”

Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2013) is one of those films that I love re-watching. It’s an unforgettable and unashamedly strange film that will stick in your mind for a very long time. To describe the film’s synopsis using a previous post of mine: It tells the story of a beautiful female alien (Scarlett Johansson) […]

The Piano (1993): “She is a strange creature.”

Directed and written for the screen by the formidable Jane Campion, The Piano (1993) is a New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player and her daughter. Winner of three Oscars (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Screenplay), and nominated for five more, The Piano is a moody and contemplative film with […]

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015): “My world is fire and blood.”

The fourth in the Mad Max franchise, which began with the classic Mad Max in 1979, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is directed by the one and only George Miller and is an immediately iconic action film. Its synopsis is as follows: An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark […]

Lost In Translation (2003): “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.”

Director Sophia Coppola’s second feature film, Lost In Translation (2003) is a story of loneliness, feeling lost, and finding oneself within the context of a foreign ‘other’; whether that is the foreign landscape of Tokyo, or an unknown and unpredictable future. Whilst in Tokyo, jaded movie star, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is recording an advertisement […]

Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014): “I’m trying to do something important.”

The winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 2014, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014, dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu) is a satirical drama about creative obsession, the quest for relevance, decaying and reviving relationships, and personal rebirth. Its synopsis is as follows: A washed up actor tries to reclaim his fame on Broadway […]

The Master (2012): “I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but, above all, I am a man.”

Generally known for its parallels with Scientology, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master (2012) is a fine film. A story of a wandering and tempestuous man searching for a purpose, The Master follows Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) as he is pulled in by the charm and charisma of the leader of a special group entitled The […]