Make Up

Make Up UK (2019) Dir. Claire Oakley Being the outsider is always difficult, more so when you arrive in a place where the local community is tight knit. You may have the support of someone close already part of that number, but there is still everyone else to win over - just don’t end up … Continue reading Make Up

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories UK (2017) Dirs. Jeremy Dyson & Andy Nyman “We have to be so very careful what we believe in” A maxim we should all heed but likely, we never will. And as the film’s title suggests, this isn’t about religion though it does play a small part in the cynicism of the main … Continue reading Ghost Stories

Champagne

Champagne UK (1928) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock People who grew up with wealth are the worst. There, I said it. Now, I realise that might be deemed and egregious generalisation, but there are far too many examples of people whose sense of entitlement has come from not having to struggle or often actually work to afford … Continue reading Champagne

How To Build A Girl

How To Build A Girl (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: Amazon Prime Video) Running Time: 104 minutes approx. To get ahead in this world you have to learn to play “the game”. The rules might differ depending on the situation but rarely has anyone been able to walk into a competitive profession with smiles and hope … Continue reading How To Build A Girl

Sorry We Missed You

Sorry We Missed You UK (2019) Dir. Ken Loach After the coruscating attack on the flawed an uncompromising welfare system in his last film I, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach returns to highlight another aspect if modern British life that serves only to favour the rich and exploit the poor, the zero hour contract. Struggling with … Continue reading Sorry We Missed You

The Personal History Of David Copperfield

The Personal History Of David Copperfield (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Lionsgate) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. Confession - I’ve never read Dickens. I know many of the titles of his works and, like most people, I’m very familiar with A Christmas Carol since it has been adapted and lampooned more times than Paul … Continue reading The Personal History Of David Copperfield

In The Loop

In The Loop UK (2009) Dir. Armando Iannucci Politics has always been the best target for satire but in recent years, politicians and their decision making have become such a joke it is difficult to mock them, as it would be parodying a parody. So instead, let’s get back to the simpler times of 2009…. … Continue reading In The Loop

1917

1917 (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Universal) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. War films have largely been either political or patriotic, but always keen to exploit the mental or physical suffering of those on the front line. The depiction of the battles is not just to wow the audience but also to give us … Continue reading 1917

The Warrior

The Warrior UK (2001) Dir. Asif Kapadia All of us at one point in our lives have wanted to quit our jobs but how many are in the employ of someone who will have you killed if you upped and left? Maybe that person wasn’t the right one to take a job for in some … Continue reading The Warrior

Piccadilly

Piccadilly UK (1929) Dir. E.A Dupont Fame and fortune - is it really worth risking everything over? And why does the rise to the top always bring out the worst in people? It’s a story for the ages, one artists will never tire of telling, and people never tire of hearing. London nightclub Piccadilly, owned … Continue reading Piccadilly