Tag Archives: drama

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 […]

Short Term 12 (2013): “Why are you so nice to me?”

Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, Short Term 12 is a 2013 drama film starring Brie Larson as Grace, a staff member at a residential group home for children and adolescents; a home which is meant to house the young people for a short period of time between foster homes, however the reality is that many […]

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 […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Spotlight (2015)

Let’s be honest – Spotlight (2015, dir. Tom McCarthy), now being an Oscar winner for Best Picture, is a film you’re probably going to see at the cinema regardless of what any Joe Bloggs film reviewer is going to suggest. It has received a solid amount of acclaim and various golden trophies. But is it […]

“Is it worth paying for a ticket?”: Joy (2015)

David O. Russell’s latest directorial effort is Joy (2015) – the story of inventor Joy Mangano, a divorced mother of two with a complex family situation, who is in the throes of developing her newest idea, the Miracle Mop. Led by Jennifer Lawrence as the titular Joy, and with an ensemble cast of many and […]

The Remembering Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon: Clash By Night (1952)

A drama with film noir elements set in the fishing village of Monterey, California, Clash By Night (1952) is one of Austrian-German director Fritz Lang’s later films; Lang mainly being known for his earlier films such as Metropolis (1927) and M (1931). Clash By Night tells the story of Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck), who has […]

Blindspot 2015: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The final film in my 2015 Blindspot series! I have been wanting to watch The Night of the Hunter (1955, dir. Charles Laughton) for a very long time indeed. Did it meet my expectations? Read on! Its synopsis is as follows: A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell […]