Ian Floodgate

Ian Floodgate

Writes for Cineccentric which focuses primarily on independent and auteur cinema.

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  • Wolfwalkers


    With an overwhelming amount of computer-generated animated films nowadays being critical and financial hits, some audiences might think traditional animation is a thing of the past. Even Studio Ghibli has turned to CGI with their next feature The Earwig and the Witch. However, over the past decade, Irish studio Cartoon Saloon has become a championing force for 2D animation. The studio’s latest feature Wolfwalkers sees Tomm Moore return to the helm with Irish folklore, and Ross Stewart making his directorial…

  • New Order

    New Order

    Mexican writer-director Michel Franco is known for making intimate and intense dramas where characters often deal with their pain alone. His latest feature, New Order, shows how the impoverished working-class people of Mexico take united action against their suffering. Like Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite, which had global appeal beyond South Korea, New Order focuses on a problem that is not only evident in Mexico but worldwide.

    Marianne (Naian González Norvind) and her family are celebrating her recent marriage with a lavish…

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  • Widows


    Since the turn of the decade, there has been a rise in the popularisation of television series and films from the 1970s and 80s receiving modernised adaptations. Steve McQueen’s Widows is based on a British crime drama series from this period, telling the story of a group of women whose bank-robbing spouses are killed during a heist and are then forced to take on a job in order to pay off their late husbands’ debt.

    Widows opens with a juxtaposition…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    Wes Anderson last dabbled with stop-motion animation with his adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox almost a decade ago. When the auteur announced he would be returning to the genre with Isle of Dogs, fans of his work were quick to generate anticipation for the film. The title of this latest feature may derive from an area of London in the River Thames, but the film takes place in a dystopian Japan and follows a young boy, Atari (Koyu…