Review: Monsoon

Director: Hong Khaou Stars: Henry Golding, Molly Harris, Parker Sawyers The past meets the present in Hong Khaou's understated second feature, which has this weekend arrived on BBC iPlayer for easy-access viewing; something I'd actively recommend. This bridging of generations isn't new ground for Khaou, whose previous film, 2017's Lilting, found a grieving Ben Whishaw … Continue reading Review: Monsoon

Review: Da 5 Bloods

Director: Spike Lee Stars: Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Chadwick Boseman First, a little bit of business Before I get to my thoughts on the film, here are links to reviews written by Black film critics that I've found elsewhere with a quick search. Leila Latif for Little White Lies Odie Henderson for RogerEbert.com Kambole Campbell … Continue reading Review: Da 5 Bloods

How Jaws 2 Addresses The Vietnam War

This isn't a contrary piece arguing in favour of Jaws 2 being anywhere near comparable to Steven Spielberg's original blockbuster. It's quite in vogue for certain publications to float such edgelord opinions. These articles make for juicy clickbait, but often serve little purpose beyond that. No, Jeannot Szwarc's obligatory 1978 sequel to the monster smash … Continue reading How Jaws 2 Addresses The Vietnam War

Review: The Post

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson In January of 2017 just a few short hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began a war with the press. It's a situation that has perpetuated, and now dominates the perception of his time in office. That war, over the veracity of the stories … Continue reading Review: The Post

Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now

Year: 1979 Director: Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Martin Sheen (Willard), Marlon Brando (Kurtz), Robert Duvall (Kilgore), Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist), Sam Bottoms (Lance) Genre: War Apocalypse Now is one of the most breathtakingly realised descents into hell ever brought to a mainstream cinema audience. Just look at Coppola’s choice of opening shot; a beautiful vista of … Continue reading Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now