A Film Writer’s Education: ‘Raging Bull’

A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

‘Stranger Things 2’ Is Familiar But Still Fantastic

When Stranger Things hit Netflix just over a year ago, even the Duffer brothers that created it could not have predicted the cultural phenomenon it would become. Internet memes, the faces of the child stars on the covers of magazines, clothing ranges, Halloween costumes and a huge resurgence in love for Winona Ryder – just some of the ripple effects from this charming piece of 80s sci-fi horror nostalgia. Not surprising, then, that it was…

A Film Writer’s Education: ‘Silence Of The Lambs’

A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

‘Green Room’ Is Exhilarating, But Forgettable

Green Room, directed by Jeremy Saulnier, is the story of a punk band on the road. Broke and looking for a gig to keep them going after someone lets them down, they’re recommended to play a show in a dodgy part of town that becomes more sinister than they could ever have expected. Getting caught up in violence and terror, they have to fight their way out of a neo-Nazi nightmare. Starring Patrick Stewart as…

‘American Honey’ Review: A Sun-Drenched Wonder

American Honey is a beautiful, sun-drenched whirlwhind of a youthful road movie, directed by Andrea Arnold. It stars newcomer Sasha Lane – who Arnolds spotted in Florida on her spring break – as Star, a Texan girl with responsibility weighing on her shoulders who is lured into the lifestyle of travelling sales by Jake, played by Shia LaBeouf. There’s a tangible chemistry between Lane and LaBeouf from the outset, and we follow them through the…

‘The Founder’ Review: Engaging Enough

According to Ray Kroc, played by Michael Keaton in this telling of how McDonalds turned from the most popular burger joint in San Bernardino to a worldwide empire, the one thing you need to pull off that kind of business success is not talent, but persistence. The Founder is another portrayal of the everlasting debate about who really gets the credit for something revolutionary – those who have the talent and genius to develop the initial…

Does ‘Gone Girl’ Show Its Hand Too Early?

Gone Girl is the adaptation of the thrilling and bestselling novel of the same name from writer Gillian Flynn, who also compiled the screenplay. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, and directed by one of the kings of thrillers, David Fincher, it tells the story of an American sweetheart in a tense marriage who goes missing mysteriously, the finger being pointed at her husband and the twists and turns that reveal what really happened to…

‘La La Land’ Review: A Case Of Style Over Substance

It’s the film that’s already swept the Golden Globes and picked up a massive 14 Oscar nominations, but is La La Land really worth all the hype? Damien Chazelle‘s follow up to the glorious Whiplash, La La Land is a throwback to classic musical cinema with a somewhat modern filter, and follows the romance of Emma Stone‘s struggling actress Mia and Ryan Gosling‘s talented jazz pianist Seb against the backdrop of a hazy, sunny, shallow…

‘EKAJ’: Homelessness, LGBT and Being a First Time Female Director

Set in the somewhat dark side of the streets of New York, EKAJ is the story of a young, gay homeless man, and the people he meets along the way whilst just trying to find a bed for the night. It studies the issues of the homeless youth and the cruelty they and the gay community often face, and how the relationships built with people along the way can sometimes be crucial for survival. More of…

‘Zootropolis’ Is One Of The Best Animated Movies In Recent History

Zootropolis (or Zootopia) is the animated smash from 2016 which takes a look at an imaginary world where humans don’t exist, and animals live together in harmony (mostly) to run the world themselves. Disney’s stunningly colourful and well explored world follows the story of Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), a enthusiastic and ambitious bunny who is the first of her kind to enter the animal police force, and lives her dream of being on the beat in…

‘Captain America: Civil War’ – The Best Marvel Movie Yet?

As we go into the third Captain America instalment, we see our heroes divided due to the aftermath of the Sokovia incident from the previous Avengers movie. Chris Evan‘s Captain Steve Rogers and the inimitable Robert Downey Jr‘s Tony Stark end up on opposite sides after Stark’s guilt from the destruction that the Avengers leave in their wake leads him to demand that the team are put in check by the UN. Cap can’t quite…