• Film Review – Lost River

    If you’ve heard of Lost River, then you probably have heard not to go see it. Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut has been the subject of much ridicule and barely-concealed smirks, and was booed by everyone at the Cannes Film Festival. The streams of one star reviews came flooding in soon...
  • Trailer Watch – Lost River

    What better way to make a debut as a feature film director and scriptwriter than to make a dark magic realist thriller? If anyone can be awarded the liberty to experiment with such a niche genre on their first attempt, it’s Ryan Gosling. Lost River is about a single mother,...
  • Review – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Wes Anderson’s art house comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical portrait of a lobby boy’s journey from rags to riches. Set in the fictional, central European-esque Republic of Zubrowka, the film centres on the titular hotel during its heyday in the early 1930s. It’s a quirky, meticulously...
  • Most Anticipated Films of 2014 #2 – The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Before I knew anything about the plot of The Grand Budapest Hotel I knew about the cast. Why? Because it is the cast. Ralph Fiennes as an eccentric concierge, Tilda Swinton as his one time lover. Other enticing names on the cast list are Lea Seydoux, Saoirse Ronan, Edward Norton and...
  • Review – How I Live Now

    No vampires or demon hunters in this one: Kevin Macdonald’s triumphant adaptation of the teen-fiction bestseller by Meg Rosoff deals with some very real issues without even a single appearance from a supernatural being (who’d have thought it was possible?). American girl Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) enters an entirely different...
  • Review – Byzantium

    I recently discovered a theory called the Bechdal Test, which states that films lean predominantly towards males. To pass this test a film must have at least two female characters who interact and in doing so must converse about something other than a man. So, if you have had...
  • Review – Arrietty

    Plot: Arrietty is a borrower, a miniature person existing within the finer details of our world. Alongside her parents, she sustains herself by borrowing from their human neighbours. Upon the arrival of curious new human boy Sho, Arrietty must learn what it means to grow up and to stay...