Tag Archives: drama

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 […]

Two New Releases: The Edge of Seventeen (2016); Moonlight (2016).

I haven’t been watching too many new releases lately, and as a result, I’m woefully behind on having any awareness of the films that have been nominated for Oscars this year. I have, however, seen two new films recently, and thought I would compile them into one post – two films, two reviews consisting of […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Allied (2016)

What happens when the woman you love might not be who she says she is? What happens then, when you have a life and a child together? A romantic thriller set in a time of war, spies and secrecy, Allied (2016, dir. Robert Zemeckis) is led by Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, and is set […]

Thoughts on… The Lobster (2015)

Director Yorgos Lanthimos’ sixth feature film, The Lobster (2015), is a strange and wonderful affair; a film that will stick in your mind for quite some time. It’s a story about the state of courtship and love in an unfamiliar, uncompromising, and mildly upsetting future. Its synopsis is as follows: In a dystopian near future, […]

Blindspot 2016: L’Avventura (1960)

The first of director Michelangelo Antonioni’s trilogy regarding modern love and its discontents, L’Avventura (1960) is a story about a strange kind of grief after a mysterious disappearance, a story of an anxious and disenchanted society, and a story of love lost and found in an unlikely place. Its synopsis is as follows: A group […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Devils (1971): Quick-shot review!

A controversial historical drama slash horror film filled to the brim with depravity and religious hysteria, The Devils (1971) is directed by Ken Russell, whose penchant for darker themes relating to sexuality and psychology is on proud display. Its synopsis is as follows: In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of […]

The Taste of Tea (2004): A sip of whimsy and charm.

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
You might be able to tell that I have a special obsession with Japanese film. I find that the surrealism and humour of Japanese film tends to be in a class of its own, and The Taste of Tea (2004) is no exception to this. This charming film follows the movements…

Blindspot 2016: Magnolia (1999)

Magnolia (1999, dir. P. T. Anderson) is probably the film that I have been most looking forward to seeing out of my Blindspot list this year. I love and adore P. T. Anderson (also known as Paul Thomas Anderson), and I adored watching Boogie Nights (1997) for my Blindspot challenge last year. Will Magnolia match […]