My top films of the decade: 2010 – 2019

It seems to be the thing to do – as we enter a new decade, a list of favourite films from the one which is just ending appears to be de rigueur. So here we are. I’ve seen other lists where the writers have selected one film from each year of the decade to provide … Continue reading My top films of the decade: 2010 – 2019

My favourite films of 2018

2018 turned out to be the year when I had press accreditation for the London Film Festival! As a result, I was able to see a whole host of films which haven't even been released in the UK yet, which was a real bonus. On the other hand, as usual, I managed to miss a … Continue reading My favourite films of 2018

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

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)