Category thoughts on film

Thoughts on… Boxing Helena (1993)

Directed by Jennifer Lynch (a familiar film business surname, being David Lynch’s daughter), Boxing Helena (1993) is one of those films that you only really want/need to watch just once. It’s meant to be a romantic mystery thriller with a body horror twist, but the film’s reputation almost precedes itself. Its synopsis is as follows: […]

Blindspot 2016: The Sacrifice (1986)

The Sacrifice, released in May 1986, was Andrei Tarkovsky’s final film before his death in December 1986. In consideration of its typical Tarkovskian (did I make that word up?) themes of mortality, lost humanity, and wonderings about religion and man’s place in the world, the film is a very interesting piece of work indeed. Its […]

Blindspot 2016: The Pianist (2002)

Roman Polanski’s The Pianist (2002) is a true story of survival, and is often included in lists of the best films about the Holocaust. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the film was also nominated for seven Academy Awards, eventually winning three: Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Its synopsis is as […]

Blindspot 2016: Roma (1972)

Frederico Fellini’s Roma (1972) is the kind of film that makes you want to travel to the magnificent city of Rome immediately and just sit and people-watch. Both a criticism and a celebration of Rome and its people, Roma‘s synopsis is as follows: A fluid, unconnected and sometimes chaotic procession of scenes detailing the various […]

Blindspot 2016: Brazil (1985)

Famed Monty Python┬átroupe member Terry Gilliam’s Brazil (1985) is a maelstrom of bureaucratic bungles, illustrated in his classic quirky style. Its synopsis is as follows: Bureaucracy and ductwork run amok in the story of a paperwork mixup that leads to the imprisonment of Mr. Buttle, shoe repairman, instead of Harry Tuttle, illegal freelance Heating Engineer. […]

Thoughts on… All This Mayhem (2014)

An Australian documentary slash Greek tragedy, All This Mayhem (2014, dir. Eddie Martin) is a story about the rise and downfall of professional skateboarding brothers Tas and Ben Pappas. Its synopsis is as follows: All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen […]

Thoughts on… Kindergarten Cop (1990)

One of my favourite things to do is revisit films that I used to watch over and over as a child, to see if they have the same appeal when watched in adulthood. Needless to say, when I had the chance to watch Kindergarten Cop (1990, dir. Ivan Reitman) the other day, I was filled […]

Thoughts on… Inside Out (2015)

Pixar Animation Studio’s fifteenth feature film, Inside Out (2015, dir. Pete Docter) is a psycho-educational tale about the turbulence and development of emotions in the mind of one young girl. Its synopsis is as follows: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, […]

Thoughts on… The Craft (1996)

This film is responsible for a generation of girls from the 90s experimenting with witchcraft and forming their own covens in order to levitate each other during sleepover parties. The Craft (1996, dir. Andrew Fleming) is one of those films that is so 1990s that it almost works as a time travelling device back to […]

Thoughts on… Showgirls (1995)

Two and a bit years of writing a film blog, and it’s finally come to this. Showgirls (1995), directed by Paul Verhoeven, is one sloppy, greasy, glittery mess of a film. Telling the story of Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley), a drifter with a talent for dance, Showgirls is about drive and passion, and clawing your […]