Tag: drama

FILM REVIEW: The Shape of Water

Guillermo del Toro is man out of time. You can imagine him working comfortably in the Universal backlots in the 1930’s, alongside James Whale, building lofty magnificent sets and packing them with incredible actors; producing heartfelt and beautiful creature features. His best films, The Devil’s Backbone, and Pan’s Labyrinth map fairy-tales to gory Spanish war

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FILM REVIEW: Into The Forest

Joshua Moulinie continues his Odyssey through MyFrenchFilmFestival and cuts to the chase in his latest review: The next stage of my MyFrenchFilmFestival journey brings me to Gilles Machard’s Into The Forest; a film so peculiar, so enigmatic, that it took me several days, post-viewing, before I felt comfortable writing a review. As a seasoned cinephile,

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FILM REVIEW: Willy The 1st (Willy 1er)

MyFrenchFilmFestival is taking place until the 19th February. To celebrate, we’re reviewing some of the films nominated. First up, we have Joshua Moulinie’s take on Willy the 1st (Willy 1er) French cinema has always been a benchmark for film as an art form. Often serving as the antithesis of Hollywood’s glitz and glamour it, it has held

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FILM REVIEW: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Sometimes the tone of a film is simple. Bright. Playful. Dark. Brooding. Dark. Nolan-Batman-Dark. Gritty. Dark. But it is usually consistent. Usually. Inconsistent tone can be the downfall of otherwise successful films. Leaping from playful to harrowing is usually jarring for an audience. It can leave you feeling unsure of what the film is trying

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FILM REVIEW: A Woman’s Life

A Woman’s Life, directed by Stéphane Brizé, is a film based on the 1883 novel of the same name by Guy de Maupassant. It spans the adult life of an upper-class French woman, Jeanne, from returning from school-age to becoming a grandparent. This film has been lauded ‘tearing up the rulebook’ compared to the stereotypical

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FILM REVIEW: Molly’s Game

Molly’s Game is intriguing. But then again, so is Molly Bloom’s life. Captivating and at times quite unbelievable, the story (narration, exposition, voiceover included), is the real body of the film. Richness is to be found in the words, and it comes as little surprise when you consider that Aaron Sorkin is the one behind

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FILM REVIEW: BRIGHT

Set in a world where orcs, humans and elves all exist as one, it’s hard to believe that Bright even managed to get off the pitching table. Such is Hollywood’s necessity to avoid originality, Bright is an anomaly, or so it feels, in a sea of re-makes, unoriginal ‘originals’, and the same blockbuster fodder wheeled

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FILM REVIEW: Mountains May Depart

This film should have been great. It had all the right ingredients. Written and directed by the award-winning Zhang-khe Jia, a key figure in the underground ‘Sixth Movement’ of Chinese film-making, Mountains May Depart explores the life of one woman at different moments in her life in the years 1999, 2014 and 2025. Encompassing the

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FILM REVIEW: The Unseen

So the screener for ‘The Unseen,’ landed at my desk. It’s a tale about a family who lose their only child in a tragic accident and are plagued by the trauma and depression that would certainly accompany any such incident. The trauma is so severe that it starts causing temporary blindness for the mother Gemma

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FILM REVIEW: Félicité

Félicité is many things. On the one hand, it’s a story about female power. On the other, it’s a love story, although not overtly so. You could also go and watch this film and enjoy it solely for the musical performances, which are exquisite. Félicité has a transcendent quality, the kind of film that resists easy

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