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Category Archives: Film

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: The Hate U Give

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The film opens with a black family sitting around the dinner table. Mother – Lisa (played by Regina Hall), father – Mav (Russell Hornsby), a teenage boy – Seven (Lamar Johnson) and 16-year old girl – Starr (Amandla Stenberg) as well as a young boy – Sekani (TJ Wright). The father is giving the kids […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: Assassination Nation

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WTF did I just witness?! I walked out of Assassination Nation buzzing from this arse-kicking movie that turns the much-retold tale of the oppressed women persecuted in the Salem Witch Trials firmly on its head. It kicks off with an extensive, frenetic trigger-warning, advising that the film – set around the lives of four American […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: Sorry To Bother You & Mr Boots Riley !

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The brilliant film, Sorry To Bother You, is more than just funny, it’s a cerebral and visual treat. Dealing with classism, capitalism, racism, stereotypes, and challenging clichés and tropes, in a very, very fresh way. I loved it. Not only was I lucky enough to see a preview of it today, my cake got extra […]

BFI London Film Festival 2018: Preview: Mandy

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Nicolas Cage is in fine grunting form as a man hell-bent on revenge after the peace of his idyllic and loved-up, secluded-forest life with his beautiful, adoring wife is brutally shattered by the invasion of a cult of violent motorbike-riding, drug-taking, hippy-cum-psychos. Full of laughable moments that you probably shouldn’t be laughing at, the writer-director, […]

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Bad Genius

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I love, love, LOVED this slick exam heist from Thailand, ‘inspired by true events’, which had me gripped throughout. A low-key, low-income, high-achieving school girl gets roped into helping the rich kids in her new, expensive school cheat in their exams. But it soon gets out of hand and what starts out as her secretly helping […]

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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As always, I really enjoyed the BFI London Film Festival this year. The list of great films that I saw during the previews include: Filmworker, the wonderful documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man, Leon Vitali, who never truly got the recognition that he deserved; Rollerdreams – also a great documentary, this time about the history […]

Film Review: BFI Preview – Get Out

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I go to film screenings by myself a lot – especially if there’s a Q&A. As much as I love my mates, there’s nothing more frustrating than waiting for someone to come back to you, or to make up their mind about an event, only for it to sell out before you’ve been able to […]

Meryl Streep Calls On The Press To Hold Trump To Account

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One of the biggest failings of the US press in recent months, in the run up to their election and since Donald Trump’s shocking win, has been not only a failure to highlight when Donald Trump has been telling lies but to often repeat his comments verbatim, as if they were the truth. When Meryl Streep […]

BFI London Film Festival Preview: Indivisible

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Darkly comic and enchanting, Indivisible (or, “Indivisibli”, in Italian) is the story of beautiful Siamese twin sisters, Dasy and Viola. Joined at the hip, they are exploited by their money-hungry parents who use their disability and angelic singing voices as a novelty crowd-pleaser, raking in money by shamelessly touring them around their Italian city of […]

BFI London Film Festival Previews: Moonlight

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Moonlight is a cleverly-conceived, beautifully-executed, complex and unexpected film. It follows Chiron – a black kid growing up in Miami, during the 1980s – through three key and very distinct phases of his life: from young boy, through teenage years, to manhood. Set against a powerful musical soundscape and at-times-captivating landscape, a subtle metaphorical language helps connect the three […]