Review: Green Book

Director: Peter Farrelly Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini Ever get the feeling Peter Farrelly saw Adam McKay shift gears from bawdy comedy to prestige drama and thought, "hey, I can do that"? This certainly seems like a credible scenario given the arrival of Green Book. The former creative talent behind There's Something About … Continue reading Review: Green Book

Review: Blindspotting

Director: Carlos López Estrada Stars: Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Jasmine Cephas Jones Gentrification and racist cops come under the spotlight in this vibrant, sometimes ramshackle, but always heartfelt love letter to the city of Oakland, California. Written by its two main performers and directed by the relatively unknown (but not inexperienced) Carlos López Estrada, Blindspotting is … Continue reading Review: Blindspotting

Review: BlacKkKlansman

Director: Spike Lee Stars: John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier Spike Lee's blazing return to form, BlacKkKlansman, opens with one of the most famous shots in American cinema, though not one of his own. The picture begins with the sweeping moment in Gone With The Wind when Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) steps from the train to a sea … Continue reading Review: BlacKkKlansman

Review: The First Purge

Director: Gerard McMurray Stars: Lex Scott Davis, Y'lan Noel, Jovian Wade The quality of the movies in the Purge franchise ricochets unevenly from film to film, and its tough to cite any entry as the series' defining statement thus far, yet the political capital of the series has managed to increase every time. What started out … Continue reading Review: The First Purge

Review: Sweet Country

Director: Warwick Thornton Stars: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill There is a point in Warwick Thornton's Sweet Country in which the director shows us the sun. Acting as his own cinematographer, Thornton passes the lens of the camera across the sky and our distant star is recast as a remorseless beast sporting white-hot tendrils. And … Continue reading Review: Sweet Country

Review: Detroit

Director: Kathryn Bigelow Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith Following a vibrant if tonally skewed animated opening that cliff notes African-American history leading up to our story, Bigelow thrusts us into the first day of the 1967 race riots in Detroit, mimicking the role of documentary filmmaker, painstakingly setting the scene for the violence … Continue reading Review: Detroit

Review: I Am Not Your Negro

Director: Raoul Peck I am a white male and citizen of the UK. I'm coming up on 34 years old at the time of writing. I do not live in a racially diverse part of the country, nor have I at any point in my life. One might refer to me as sheltered and privileged and … Continue reading Review: I Am Not Your Negro

Review: Hidden Figures

Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures is a film about specificity, about having no margin of error because you need to be dead on. You need to be right. Set predominantly in 1961, it tells the stories of three African-American women working for the NASA space program. All … Continue reading Review: Hidden Figures

Review: A United Kingdom

Director: Amma Asante Stars: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport This year, as one might readily have anticipated, awards seasons is going to be about race. Whether the industry felt shamed by #Oscarsowhite (it should have) or whether this is a genuine reflection of our increasingly fractured times, the divides between us are now being brought to … Continue reading Review: A United Kingdom

Review: Straight Outta Compton

The beginning stretch of Straight Outta Compton culminates in Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), black rapper with N.W.A, striking a tentative deal with white manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti). Heller sells his usefulness with frankness, pitching that he can get Eazy-E and N.W.A through doors that would otherwise remain closed to them. He can, in his words, legitimise … Continue reading Review: Straight Outta Compton

Review: Selma

I saw Selma at a special preview screening on Martin Luther King Day, over two weeks before its wide release here in the UK and started writing this review that evening. I've sat on it a little, saving this post for nearer it's release on February 6th. But you know how it is when you want to … Continue reading Review: Selma

Why I Love… #61: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Year: 1984 Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), Kate Capshaw (Willie Scott), Ke Huy Quan (Short Round), Amrish Puri (Mola Ram) Genre: Action / Adventure Fans of the second Indiana Jones movie, The Temple of Doom, must've been thankful when Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turned out to be such a turkey. Okay, a … Continue reading Why I Love… #61: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom