Feature: Once Upon a Time in the Riveria

Having read about Cannes from afar for some time, the prospect of visiting the festival and experiencing the finest in world cinema sur la plage was surreal enough without the added factors of sleep deprivation and Tarantino fever. As I shuffled into the festival zone ‘fresh’ from two buses and a plane, dinner-jacketed and glad-ragged…

Feature: Thunder Road & Masculinity

‘Talking about problems never helped anyone’, decries Officer Jim Arnaud, the crumbling yet endearing core of Thunder Road, debut feature from writer/director Jim Cummings. The film charts the emotional erosion of Arnaud (also played by Cummings), a man accustomed to law and order who’s acclimatising to life without his mother. Hinged on bereavement but imbued…

Feature: To Infinity War and Beyond

April ushers in a possible sea-change moment for the superhero film phenomenon. The horizon is obscured by the hulking behemoth money-magnet that is Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of a 22 film run from Marvel Studios and producer Kevin Feige, and potentially the biggest movie event of all time. But what after that? Will the genre…

Feature: ‘And the winner is… Green Book’

Cue a veritable outcry from film twitter, the (now familiar) clenching of buttocks from the Academy, and a shrug from the general public. After a year of not being able to make any logical decision, the Academy’s Best Picture of 2019, despite its broad popularity, is deemed another in a long line of misguided judgements….

Feature: Bait Has Berlinale Hooked

Bait may well be one of the most unique films to come out of Britain in recent years. Ian Mantgani hit the nail on the head when he commented that the film feels like it’s been ‘belched up by the angry sea’ in his Sight and Sound review – a shear force of nature that…