Category: Film Reviews

‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

The first movie I saw directed by Guy Ritchie was Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. When I started watching King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, little did I know that I’d find myself comparing the gangster feel of the two. In many ways this represents how confusing a movie it can be, especially when…

‘Fires on the Plain’ Review – War is Hell

Fires on the Plain

It seems these days, when some world leaders seem to enjoy the thought of war, we need to be reminded just what it is. War is hell, there is no positive side, even for the winners. This is something that Shinya Tsukamoto shows in Fires on the Plain. In the final states of World War…

‘The Boy and the Beast’ Review

The Boy and the Beast

If you’ve ever been told to stop watching cartoons because they are for kids, this is something to be ignored. Hell, the fact that many anime is use themes not suitable for kids is proof of this. Mamoru Hosoda’s The Boy and The Beast is a good example of just why animation should never be…

‘Lady Macbeth’ Review – Out Damned Spot…

Lady Macbeth

Anybody who had to do Macbeth at school know the enigmatic Lady Macbeth, and what her part was in the play. This version though, based on Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District is not a tale of insanity, but of pure selfish evil. In rural England 1865, Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stuck in her…

‘The Handmaiden’ Review – A Beautifully Woven Puzzle

The Handmaiden

When  a film is directed by Park Chan-wook they always catch my attention. Just the mention of Oldboy and Stoker as his past work should be enough to hint at his skill behind the camera. The Handmaiden is a beautiful example of just how masterful he is. Based on Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, The Handmaiden…