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….