Awards Season, Reviews / 21.09.2022

Let's get something clear right off the bat; Steven Spielberg is not retiring and The Fabelmans is not his final film. Those are the rumours that have been swirling ever since the auteur announced his latest sweeping epic was to be inspired by his own childhood and where his love of filmmaking began. It's not difficult to see why some thought this might be the filmmaker's way of saying farewell. As he took to the stage amid thunderous applause and a standing ovation at the recent world premiere,...

Awards Season, Reviews / 17.09.2022

In 2019, writer-director Rian Johnson stole the show at the Toronto International Film Festival with Knives Out, one of the year's most deliriously entertaining surprises that soon became a sleeper box office smash. Johnson revived the lagging whodunit genre and earned a massive (and deserved) payday when Netflix came courting for the rights to two sequels to the tune of more than $400 million. Three years and one global pandemic later and the time has arrived for the return of Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) in Glass Onion: A Knives...

Awards Season, Reviews / 15.09.2022

A new film starring the ever-reliable Viola Davis is always cause for celebration (and awards season murmurs). And, as expected, she's delivered the goods yet again with another commanding performance in the rousing crowd-pleaser The Woman King. Get ready to hear Davis' name a lot this season. She's coming for her fifth Oscar nomination. An old-fashioned blockbuster in the same wheelhouse as films like Gladiator, Spartacus, and Braveheart, The Woman King stands taller by virtue of offering a Black female-led narrative we simply haven't seen before. Equally a thrilling historical...

Reviews / 14.09.2022

A story about a gay man with commitment issues is hardly groundbreaking narrative fodder. Still, it is a damn near revelation when it's at the forefront of a theatrical release from a major studio. That's the history-making background of Bros, the first gay romantic comedy from a mainstream distributor to feature an almost-exclusively LGBTQ+ cast and starring and co-written by an openly gay man. Yes, it's taken a bloody long time to arrive at this point. Too long, in fact. Thankfully, the film is an absolute triumph. Hysterically amusing...