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Downfall – The Damned (Blu-ray Review)

There are quite a few small stories going on during the torturous 150 minute run time of The Damned, the main overarching one, however, is relatively simple. A German upper class family must decide who will take over as head of their steel work company as the family’s patriarch is ageing and is on his [...]

“Children are a crushing responsibility” – The Lost Daughter (BFI London Film Festival)

Stories centred around motherhood tend to follow a pattern and always have characters that take a strong stance, whether it is about believing that having children is the thing that women should do or believing that children are not a vocation that every woman should do can adhere to. The Lost Daughter is that painfully [...]

‘Would you like a brew?’ – Ali & Ava (LFF 2021 Review)

For Northerners, nothing else articulates love and compassion quite like the simple gesture of offering to make somebody a brew. Such are the subtle complexities of life in the North that Yorkshire-born director Clio Barnard communicates most eloquently in her work. Barnard understands that a brew is more than just an offer of a hot [...]

Downfall – The Damned (Blu-ray Review)

There are quite a few small stories going on during the torturous 150 minute run time of The Damned, the main overarching one, however, is relatively simple. A German upper class family must decide who will take over as head of their steel work company as the family’s patriarch is ageing and is on his [...]

“Children are a crushing responsibility” – The Lost Daughter (BFI London Film Festival)

Stories centred around motherhood tend to follow a pattern and always have characters that take a strong stance, whether it is about believing that having children is the thing that women should do or believing that children are not a vocation that every woman should do can adhere to. The Lost Daughter is that painfully [...]

‘Would you like a brew?’ – Ali & Ava (LFF 2021 Review)

For Northerners, nothing else articulates love and compassion quite like the simple gesture of offering to make somebody a brew. Such are the subtle complexities of life in the North that Yorkshire-born director Clio Barnard communicates most eloquently in her work. Barnard understands that a brew is more than just an offer of a hot [...]

“I’d much rather be married than be lonely” – 7 Days (BFI London Film Festival Review)

Romantic comedies have an unfortunate stigma and are all too easily overlooked as being ‘chick flock’ fodder or written off for being too sentimental. Sometimes the romantic comedy genre is given a darker, sadder approach and misses the mark completely. 7 Days managers to hit somewhere in between with its charm, predictable beats and all [...]

Early Universal Vol. 2 (Blu-Ray Review)

In their second volume, Eureka present a collection of three silent films from Universals early slate. Two of these films are restored in 4k and one in 2k, meaning that they are the best they have ever looked, especially as this is the first time they’ve been available on home video in the UK. The [...]

“Where Did It All Go Wrong Son” – Bull (BFI London Film Festival Review)

Neil Maskell has been typecast as an unhinged, violent man, and Bull only cements Maskell as an actor best suited for that particular role. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams in between the first and second coronavirus lockdowns, Maskell stars as the titular Bull in this violent thriller that can’t decide whether it wants to be [...]

‘I’ve gotta get out of this place’ – Spirited Away at 20

Animated movies have helped mediate the transcendence of film during the 21st century, with state-of-the-art computer-generated effects, pioneering texturing and a wealth of creative minds at its disposal. Despite this movement, leading animators such as Cartoon Saloon have retained an authentic approach to their craft, with sumptuous hand-drawn frames that maximise effect with abstract detail. […]

Alan Jones: Your Favourite Director’s Favourite Film Critic

The first time I saw Alan Jones in person was the closing of FrightFest 2021 – I noticed him sitting off to the wayside, enjoying the calm of the festival’s close to himself. Just before, I’d watched him introduce the Closing Film with the same confident charisma he’d emanated throughout the entire festival. I wanted […]

RATED: James Bond – 24 007 films ranked

This list first appeared in Filmhounds print magazine- click here to order Good evening Mr. Bond, we’ve been expecting you. For quite some time in fact. The return of Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 has been tantalisingly close on a few occasions, but with the pandemic causing many blockbusters to shift their release dates, No [...]

Summer Films That Aren’t So Sunny…

This piece first appeared in Filmhounds Magazine #6 - available in print here   It’s easy to understand why Summer tends to be people’s favourite season. Beautiful sunshine, longer days, sizzling barbecues, and exotic trips away. Over the years, audiences have been treated to movies that perfectly capture that feel-good summer vibe with classics such [...]

What Next For Streaming And The Cinema?

This piece first appeared in Filmhounds Magazine #6 - available in print here   Eight years ago, a black-and-white horror movie set in the English Civil War gave the world a glimpse of cinema’s future. The film was Ben Wheatley’s hallucinogenic nightmare A Field in England and, aside from being brilliant, it also debuted a [...]

In The Heights – A Celebration of Lin-Manuel Miranda

This piece first appeared in Filmhounds Magazine #6 - available in print here   America…you let me make a difference…a place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up.” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s works are an undeniably joyful representation of heritage and authenticity, celebrating identity and the communities you call home. Culture and legacy [...]

“One False Move Could Have The Ultimate Consequence” – Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen talk The Alpinist (The FH Interview)

Erika Bean talks to Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen, directors of the new climbing documentary The Alpinist. When we sign onto the call, I notice Peter has one arm in a sling. He has to leave halfway through the interview to speak to a surgeon (we can assume the injury came from something adventurous and [...]

“I Don’t Know That He Presented His True Self” – Luke Kirby talks No Man of God

There’s always a degree of interest when someone takes on the role of a true life figure. Not least when that true life figure is a serial killer, and has haunted the minds of so many. Amber Sealey’s No Man of God charts the friendship that grew between FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood), and [...]

Interview: Cast of ‘Off The Rails’ at the World Premiere

Filmhounds were in Leicester Square on Thursday July 22nd interviewing some of the cast members for the very first premiere there since before the pandemic began, and what better a way to mark the occasion than for Off the Rails, a film that celebrates the joy of travelling. A dying wish from their best friend [...]