Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

There is so much going on in this film I actually don't know where to start. Perhaps by saying that I liked it, though I didn't love it. Then, I'm not generally one for animations so it must have been doing something good. I liked the way that it acknowledged what even peripheral audiences know … Continue reading Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman is getting huge praise for his work in this film. Rightly so, as it can't be easy to deliver any kind of a performance through the prosthetics required for his transformation into Winston Churchill. Director Joe Wright spends a lot of time with the camera very close up to Churchill's face, and you cannot … Continue reading Darkest Hour

Umi yori mo mada fukaku – After the Storm

Another slice of domestic Japanese life seen through the lens of director Hirokazu Kore-eda. In many ways this is nothing new from the Japanese director, yet at the same time it is a different domestic arrangement which provides the backdrop for the narrative. Uncontrollable natural elements force together a broken family and we end up … Continue reading Umi yori mo mada fukaku – After the Storm

Jag är Ingrid – Ingrid Bergmann in Her Own Words

I'm not sure why I went to see this - I tend to avoid my favourite actors on chat shows, in interviews or just being themselves because I'm so often disappointed, and the myth has been shattered. I'd rather just see their work on the screen, which is why I like them in the first … Continue reading Jag är Ingrid – Ingrid Bergmann in Her Own Words

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary)

Subtle, gentle, delightful and insightful - Kore-eda Hirokazu manages to present the delicate intricacies of family life in which on the surface not much happens, but beneath that, each family member learns something about herself and her sisters, without huge revelations or tantrums. Kore-eda's last two films, I Wish and Like Father, Like Son focussed on … Continue reading Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary)

Soshite Chichi Ni Nara – Like Father, Like Son

Two Kore-eda films in one year is a bit of treat! - (see here for the other). Again this features children, but this time the adults are much more present than in I Wish. Essentially, two sets of very different parents discover that their sons were swapped in hospital just after they were born, and … Continue reading Soshite Chichi Ni Nara – Like Father, Like Son


An absolutely delightful yet thought-provoking story of a strong-minded and resourceful young girl growing up with her mother in Riyadh. Constrained by society, she nevertheless sets out to make a dream become reality. Presenting interesting insights into family life in this slice of Arabic culture, this film is highly recommended.