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Life stories – The Reunited States (Film Review)

American politics was shaken when Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. When he was elected in 2016, America as a country started to become more divided than ever before. The Reunited States is a feature-length documentary that follows a family from Texas who decide to sell their house and

“I’m Trying To Resurrect Them” – A Balance (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

The grueling behind-the-scenes production and on-set drama of a typical documentary production is a frequently underrepresented topic. Very little do we see actual B-Roll of crew members actively producing their films, or even a recollection of testimonies and insight on the process for that matter. In many ways, it’s the greatest selling point of A

“Brighton was perfect for a story like Justine” – Director Jamie Patterson On His New Film ‘Justine’ (The FH Interview)

Justine is coming to Curzon Home Cinema on March 5, promising to bring a realistic, and gritty drama to our screens, whilst exploring the heart-breaking storyline of a young addict. Justine struggles with addiction in all aspects of her life, but the underlying hopeful theme of love constantly tries to break down her barriers. Brighton-born indie

Life stories – The Reunited States (Film Review)

American politics was shaken when Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. When he was elected in 2016, America as a country started to become more divided than ever before. The Reunited States is a feature-length documentary that follows a family from Texas who decide to sell their house and

“I’m Trying To Resurrect Them” – A Balance (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

The grueling behind-the-scenes production and on-set drama of a typical documentary production is a frequently underrepresented topic. Very little do we see actual B-Roll of crew members actively producing their films, or even a recollection of testimonies and insight on the process for that matter. In many ways, it’s the greatest selling point of A

“If You Can’t Feel Pain, No One Can Hurt You” – Beans (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

Beans tells the story of Tekehentahkhwa (Kiawentiio), a young Mohawk girl who is affectionately known as Beans. A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of the Oka Crisis, Beans champions Mohawk voices, and viewpoints in a time when they were being lauded widely as terrorists. There is obviously a lot of nuance and detail to

“Why can’t we just have different opinions and be nice about it?” – The Columnist (Film Review)

 

Performance Patrol – A Cop Movie (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

As of late, there's been two primary cinema-related trends that are being consistently screened within the independent film scene. The first being pandemic set features — films that prominently self-reference and utilise the lockdown setting as means to create further comedic and dramatic effect. The second form are commentaries on the recent media attention to

Time loop home invasion for the self help readers – Lucky (Film Review)

After self-help book author May and her husband Ted are attacked at night by a mysterious man in a mask, she is left in shock by the attack but Ted just shrugs the incident off mentioning it happens every night. But when the masked man returns, even after May has killed him multiple times, she

Reclaiming the Rotten: Ridley Scott’s A Good Year

Each month, we at FilmHounds take a look at a director’s back catalogue and pick their lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes and ask ourselves – why? Why is it their least loved among critics? Regardless, we attempt to see the good in it. This Month: Ridley Scott’s A GOOD YEAR (2006) Rating: 25% There

Rewriting The Page on Wrestling Films: 2 Years of Fighting with My Family

Two years ago today, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting with My Family hit cinemas in the UK, and a little over two years ago, I joined a jam-packed press screening for the professional wrestling film at Leicester Square. The film tells the real-life tale of WWE superstar Paige’s (previously known as Saraya) colourful wrestling family in Norwich,

Trainspotting At 25: Choose Life

It’s a push to think of any British film with the seismic impact and cultural legacy as Trainspotting. The electric adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, even 25 years later, retains a startling immediacy and shock value that has ensured its place in cinema history. It blends the violent spiralling of Goodfellas with the pop culture,

How Filmmaking Changed In A Pandemic

It was around March 2020 when films began dropping like flies off the release calendar and delaying their release dates, in some cases by up to a year. First there was James Bond, then A Quiet Place Part 2, followed by Fast & Furious 9, Black Widow, the list goes on and on. But whilst we

‘Paddington 2’ is the Perfect Cultural Rebuke to Brexit

In June 2016, I was young enough to not really know anything about the EU referendum, but old enough to know that I probably should. I really don’t remember much of the actual campaign at all, but the feeling of the whole thing permeated – and never really went away. The last week felt like

Top Things to Know about the upcoming Judas and the Black Messiah

Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the most anticipated films of this awards season, the Shaka King directed drama focussed on the relationship between William O’Neal (LaKeith Stanfield) an FBI informant who betrayed Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton leading to his assassination.  Over zoom, Daniel Kaluuya who stars as Hampton, Hampton’s son Chairman

“Brighton was perfect for a story like Justine” – Director Jamie Patterson On His New Film ‘Justine’ (The FH Interview)

Justine is coming to Curzon Home Cinema on March 5, promising to bring a realistic, and gritty drama to our screens, whilst exploring the heart-breaking storyline of a young addict. Justine struggles with addiction in all aspects of her life, but the underlying hopeful theme of love constantly tries to break down her barriers. Brighton-born indie

“We tend to react or recoil at what we don’t understand” – David Oyelowo Talks Come Away (The FH Interview)

Over the past twenty years David Oyelowo has set about making himself one of the most in demand actors in the world. From his time on long running drama series Spooks to turns in blockbuster movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes to his Golden Globe nominated performance as Dr Martin Luther King

Interview With Jill Gevargizian, director of ‘The Stylist’ (Final Girls Berlin Film Festival)

After the success and acclaim of her short film, The Stylist, back in 2016, director Jill Gevargizian decided to transform the short into her feature film debut. Following the lonely hairstylist Claire, played by Najarra Townsend, as she becomes obsessed with her clients lives, wanting to connect with others but instead feeding her own disturbed