Top 5: Best Films of 2021

Here’s 5 cinematic delights from this year that I had the pleasure of escaping (or sobbing) to. What was your favourite film of 2021? 5. Last Night in Soho (2021) Oh the stylish ’60s! *exhales* Appreciate Old Hollywood, neon lights and a gripping narrative? This one’s singing to you. Last Night in Soho will have…

House of Gucci (2021) ★★★☆☆

Gaga’s latest LoveGame. Directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from Sara Gay Forden’s “A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed”, House of Gucci follows the teeth-clenching legacy of the Gucci family, exploring the nasty taste of greed. Its true crime lies in its tabloid-familiar, bland execution and a lacking passion for more, only…

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) ★★★☆☆

Who you gonna call? Not Ray Stantz. Directed by Jason Reitman, Ghostbusters: Afterlife centrals on a historical approach to the franchise, introducing a whole new generation, and walks of life. Quite literally. While Paul Feig’s 2016 remake proved divisive, its comedic approach and direction certainly proved more solid and exciting. Afterlife had a tough time…

Spencer (2021) ★★★★★

“I watch, so that others do not see.” Pablo Larraín directs a devastating portrait of Princess Diana in the desperation to be herself. He carefully draws upon the course of three heavy days at Sandringham, capturing the devastating brink of a breakdown. Larraín’s directing debuts usually feature an emotion-centric construction of the life of its…

& Juliet | Theatre Review ★★★★☆

“What if Juliet didn’t kill herself?” In the streets of Verona, all is not what it seems. Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway take hold of the quill one last time and rewrite the tragedy of the star-crossed lovers. Hang on, so Juliet doesn’t kill herself over a boy after all? Shocking considering their “very…

Top 5: Watches During Lockdown

I’m back. And I’m still watching…film after film, of course. One of the benefits lockdown has graced me with, is being able to dive headfirst back into the glorious world of film. Which, admittedly, our reunion was long overdue. Work-life got busy and film was only consumed in frustratingly small doses. You could say my…

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) ★★★☆☆

Claustrophobic Corpse Horror.  A corpse of a twenty-something year old woman is discovered half buried in the basement of a home. Taken for autopsy, a father and son examine the mysterious body. There is something odd – not only has her tongue been severed, but her joints are fractured. As the duo look further into…

The Neon Demon (2016) ★★★★★

A cleverly-crafted critique of the fashion industry.  Aspiring model, Jesse (Elle Fanning), immerses herself in the most frightening industry, otherwise known as the modelling scene. With little to no reputation, she begins to cultivate hers as “the next big thing”. The more exprienced models don’t take this particularly well, bearing in mind each of them have been…

Nocturnal Animals (2016) ★★★★★

“My Husband used to call me a Nocturnal Animal…”  Art gallery owner, Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) lies in a loveless marriage with husband Hutton (Armie Hammer), but is troubled due to past events with her first husband, Edward Sheffield (Jake Gyllenhaal). When he sends her his unpublished novel, of which he has dedicated to her, Susan…

Suicide Squad (2016) ★★☆☆☆

It’s OK to be a hit-man, as long as you love your daughter.  Directed and written by David Ayer, Suicide Squad marks as the third instalment to DC’s expanded universe. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), assembles a number of imprisoned villains who are chosen to carry out deadly missions, in return for a lowered prison sentence. The squad consists of…