BoJack Horseman Season 5 – The Complexities of Accountability and Forgiveness

If you’ve never watched Netflix’s tremendously original BoJack Horseman, you need to stop whatever it is that you’re doing and start right now. BoJack is easily and immediately one of the greatest shows not just currently on television, but in television history. Its wildly imaginative and well-defined world, its deeply relatable and layered characters, and its…

“First Man” – The Price of Progress

When it comes to movies about space, you usually end up with a couple of different options. There are the more technical, behind-the-scenes dramas of the specifications surrounding space missions (Hidden Figures), or tales of survival in the harshest environment in existence, combined with majestic imagery of the final frontier (Apollo 13, Gravity). First Man…

Bad Times at the El Royale review – A Masterly-crafted Stylised Neo-noir

A riveting tale of seven strangers and a motel. Lead by 60’s R&B music, incredible performances and Goddard’s extreme precision. This neo-noir thriller serves us with the passionate vision of writer-director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) – using narrative in an effective shocking way, telling a grand story from the perspective of these curious…

Apostle review – Visceral, grounded Fable littered with surprises

Apostle is a chilling horror tale presented in a visceral yet grounded way in story and visuals. Directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid), this soul-tearing fable is ripe with glory in it’s wonderful darkness. We follow Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens), when just arriving home from his own war is plunged into a rescue mission to save his…

Green Book review – A Heartfelt Tragic Tale of Two Worlds Colliding | Zurich Film Festival 

Green Book tells the story of Tony Vallelonga aka Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), a world-class pianist and Tony, his driver and bodyguard, for a tour down to the deep south. The two come from completely different worlds, It is based on a true story – Tony, an Italian-American bouncer born and raised in New York. Don, an African-American well educated pianist.   Directed…

Roma review – Alfonso Cuarón’s Heart-wrenching Study of Class and Motherhood | Zurich Film Festival 

Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ is a deeply moving and engrossing portrait of class and motherhood in Roma, Mexico. This is Cuarón’s most personal project, apparently based or loosely based on his memories – this is a film all about memories and is told through beautiful black and white visuals and precise grounded storytelling.  We follow Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid who lives…

Sunset review – Ambiguous, Dark and Beautiful | Zurich Film Festival

Sunset tells the story of Írisz Leiter (Juli Jakab), a grown up orphan who returns to her residence in Budapest, we first meet her in a hat shop once owned by her long-lost parents and she is not greeted whole heartedly at all. Directed by László Nemes, who’s last film ‘Son of Saul’ won best foreign film at the Oscars….