• Whiplash



    The intensity is incredible.
    The atmosphere is extraordinary
    -and the music is top class.

    What a film.

  • Boyhood



    Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is both a unique depiction and bold fictional concept which follows a family over the course of 13 years, and the coming of age story of the son, Mason. Although Boyhood is an incredibly accurate depiction of the life of a boy aging through the late 90’s and early second millennium (this I know from firsthand experience) it lacks emotional connection and relies too heavily on the audience relating to the story rather than experiencing it with…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin


    I've thought on this one a while, and honestly…what am I missing?

    Under the Skin seems a perfect fit for my cinema adoration. Glazer’s Kubrick-esque direction gives this dramatic sci-fi thriller an anomalous separation from the majority of films to hit theatres in the past couple of years. Plus… ScarJo… But what does it all mean? What did I take away from such a seemingly complex work of abstraction and mosaic depiction?


    Am I suggesting that nothing is to…

  • Stoker



    He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.

    When it comes to storytelling, there are very few directors who innately possess all the qualities to create an impeccable film. There needs to be beauty, flow, connection, unity, but most importantly…interest. What content - what theme, mood or anecdote - is going to make an audience sit down for 2 hours and do nothing but stare at the screen they sit…

  • Room 237

    Room 237


    Three separate occasions I've sat down and tried to watch Room 237, yet I can never get past the first 20 minutes. I absolutely love The Shining, but I just can't seem to watch a film about these estranged and utterly aggravating people talk about it. I just can't.

  • Flesh + Blood

    Flesh + Blood


    Written for Film History & Criticism Since 1945

    Throughout the history of cinema, filmmakers and story tellers alike have had the ability to express an extensive range of anecdotes to a broad audience. Be it as early as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, or more recently as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, filmmakers share and express their own ideologies through celluloid and present their personal creed within the work they have created. What is most imposing about cinema is the ability…

  • All Is Lost

    All Is Lost



    I really wanted to enjoy All is Lost more than I did. Really. Either way, here we go…

    Firstly, I’ll start by saying that as a film, it was a disappointment. Not for what it was, but for what it could have been. The idea of survival at sea, or survival anywhere for that matter, has been done countless times before; the depiction of a lone protagonist, playing a game of endurance against the elements; a mind game against…

  • Blue Is the Warmest Color

    Blue Is the Warmest Color


    After a long wait, I finally got the chance to sit down and watch a film that’s been on my watch-list for a while now. Although this first viewing was met with eager anticipation, I was also wary at the possibility of it ending in disdain. That being said, I went in with an open mind, and that really helped.

    Blue is the Warmest Color is a mixture of beautiful pacing and captivating performances. Both Léa Seydoux and especially Adèle…

  • Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?

    Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?


    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 5/5

    I had a few issues with this one.

    First, with its short 7 minute run-time, the film never really explores anything the audience can take away from it. Even The Voorman Problem which was another nominee (having a 13 minute run-time) managed to pull off a well rounded story and leave the audience thinking. Here, I got neither.

    My second issue is the overly simplistic delivery, cinematography, directing and acting. This is something I…

  • Just Before Losing Everything

    Just Before Losing Everything


    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 4/5

    Simple story, well presented, and my favourite part: not overly dramatic. Just before Losing Everything is a fantastic example of suspense with no drama. Not only that, but the film depicts such real circumstances that it's easy to get lost in it all. With some shorts, it's common to get caught up in the idea of fantasy and fiction. Instead, Xavier Legrand keeps this film down to earth, and in turn, creates a very strong and powerful short film.

    Very well done.

  • That Wasn't Me

    That Wasn't Me


    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 3/5

    Repulsive, completely gratuitous and utterly infuriating.

    How the fuck did this get nominated?

    There was no care AT ALL. Everything was so formulaic. The film pretended to create this sympathy for the characters that was never really there because even the filmmakers didn't have it. An annoyingly stupid war film that tries to explore the idea of children in war, and unjustified violence.

    Of course the female character was only written in so she could get raped. Of course.

    Fuck this film. Fuck it.

    Never has a short film pissed me off this much.

  • The Voorman Problem

    The Voorman Problem


    Oscar Nominated Live Action Short 2/5

    On to my favourite nominated live action of this year, Mark Gill's, The Voorman Problem. Based around a prisoner who believes himself to be a god, this 13 minute short displays the perfect example of a well rounded and fantastically executed story.

    Firstly, The Voorman Problem wasn't overly ambitious, and in turn, focused only on a few scenes which never needed to be elaborated on. Instead, the audience was left to form their own…