Review – ‘The Father’

Anyone who may have thought that Sir Anthony Hopkins was slowly shuffling towards stage left at the grand old age of 83 would be sorely mistaken. Though his screen time has reduced over the last few years, ‘The Father’ is the sort of film that reminds us once and for all why this man has …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Love Affair(s)’ (Les choses qu’on dit, les choses qu’on fait)

“Love affairs are usually strewn with obstacles and incidents” After a terrible break up, struggling novelist Maxime (Niels Schneider) takes a trip out the country to visit his cousin François (Vincent Macaigne) and his new wife Daphné (Camélia Jordana) and maybe come up with a fresh idea about what to write about. Over the course …

Review – ‘The Courier’

The UK has a monopoly on the kind of stiff-upper-lip-MI6 spy thriller genre that occasionally delivers an ice-cold classic like ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’. With a name like Benedict Cumberbatch involved, I was interested to see how the real life story of ‘The Courier’ would turn out. Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) an ordinary salesman, gets …

AF French Film Festival Review – ‘Summer of 85’ (Été 85)

François Ozon’s new film ‘Summer of 85’, an adaptation of the novel by Aidan Chambers, is a coming of age story that’s often predictable when exploring the romantic feelings of a boy suddenly crushing on his new friend, before tragedy strikes and capsizing altogether. The 80s aesthetic is incredibly endearing and well established, without ever …

AF French Film Festival 2021 Review – ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’

But is it art? After a video of his declaration of love is misinterpreted as an act of rebellion against the Syrian government, Sam Ali (Yahya Mahayni) needs to get out of the country. With the aid of his sister he flees to Lebanon to start his new life. After a year of being a …

AF French Film Festival 2021 – ‘Bye Bye Morons’ (Adieu les cons)

SPOILERS AHEAD! Bye Bye Morons is a French comedy-drama that morphs into an unexpected romance-drama. With it’s autumn-coloured grading, cleverly linked dialogue and successful running jokes, writer and director Albert Dupontel creates a heartwarming film that touches on themes of life, death, and love.  The film follows Suze Trappet (Virginie Efira), a 45-year-old hairdresser diagnosed with an …

AF French Film Festival 2021 Review – ‘Black Box’ (Boîte noire)

‘Black Box’ thrillingly takes us deep inside the world of black box analyzing. Like a mysterious puzzle straight out of The Da Vinci Code, this grounded aerospace thriller doesn’t hold back when it comes to revealing the truth behind whistleblowing, corporate conspiracies and how far people are willing to go to cover/uncover the truth. When …

Review – ‘The Sinners’

You’d think Pretty Little Liars meets Se7en would have a little more skin on its bones than what The Sinners cooks up, but alas this after school special is just as exciting as watching paint dry. Seven students at a Catholic high school form a secret clique where each of them embody one of the …

Review – ‘Nomadland’

Houseless doesn’t mean homeless After the closure of a gypsum plant where she worked, and the death of her husband, Fern (Frances McDormand) fixes up a van and travels around the American west. She joins up with a group of like minded individuals who barter with others for basic necessities. Fern works at an Amazon …

Review – ‘Boss Level’

Boss Level, Joe Carnahan’s first movie in six years, is a surprisingly fun action fueled stunt epic. Carnahan isn’t a stranger to big action spectacles, as he was also responsible for directing The A-Team. Frank Grillo (Kingdom) is here to lead the over-the-top and delightfully absurd time loop film without much trouble. Former special forces …