Alps (2011)

There are few filmmakers who I am more excited to see how their careers develop than Yorgos Lanthimos. Ever since I saw The Lobster, I have realized that he is a monumental talent. Even in his breakthrough film, Dogtooth, I saw traces of a truly remarkable filmmaker, and I was curious to see how he…

Mulholland Drive (2001)

There comes a point in the life of every cinephile where they watch Mulholland Drive for the first time. I remember seeing it quite a few years ago, when I was just a neophyte film lover. I decided to revisit it, and I will be completely honest and claim that there are two facts that…

Metropolis (1927)

Once again, let’s take a trip back in time to a film that helped establish cinema. I previously reviewed the first mainstream portrayal of horror (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), as well as one of the first instances of documentary filmmaking (Man with a Movie Camera). Now I want to move onto Metropolis, a film…

Closet Monster (2015)

I’ve recently grown fascinated with coming-of-age stories, and I adore how some of the superior works in the genre are able to capture the naivety of youth and combine it with the themes of isolation and identity. One of the more memorable coming-of-age stories in recent years is Closet Monster, not only a wonderful story…

Boogie Nights (1997)

I honestly believe the 1990s was one of the best decades for filmmaking. So many of today’s greatest filmmakers had their peaks or debuts in this period – The Coen Brothers made a series of masterpieces, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson made their audacious debuts and films such as Being John…

Morris from America (2016)

I recently read James Joyce’s wonderful, semi-autobiographical debut novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, perhaps the finest example of a bildungsroman published in the twentieth century. It is a coming-of-age story, and because it is about the evolution of a young man into an artist, tracking him throughout his childhood as…

Sing (2016)

In 2016, there were two films released with the same title – Sing. The first (and the one that I expect the vast majority of people to be familiar with) is the animated American movie about singing animals. I haven’t seen that film, and while it doesn’t seem that bad, I’m not in much of…

My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Animated films may very well be the highest form of cinematic art, stretching from the earliest days of cinema, right up until today. Obviously there are some individuals that abuse the power of animation by making subpar films made for a quick profit. Yet there are still voices in cinema that keep to the brilliance…

Win It All (2017)

Independent cinema rules modern filmmaking, let’s be perfectly honest. The very definition of independent cinema just won Best Picture, and we are living in a world where independent cinema is the trendiest and most sought-after movement. American indie films, more than anything else, have forged a special place in modern cinema, to the point where…

Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

I have to say that Mike Leigh is quite possibly the best filmmaker Britain has ever produced – he is responsible for some of the most incredible films ever made, including Naked, one of my all-time favorite movies. I have yet to encounter a Mike Leigh film I didn’t absolutely adore, because each and every…

Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

I have recently, as you’ll know, been looking at various cinematic genres and their origins in the history of filmmaking. It is a difficult task, because the very nature of art is that there isn’t really any way to determine which film was the “first” of its kind, so sometimes its better to just leave…

Your Name (2016)

There are very few films that have made me openly weep with bitter sadness and melancholy – and one that is possibly the most emotional response to a film I’ve ever had was Grave of the Fireflies, one of the greatest animated Japanese films ever made. The man behind that film, Isao Takahata, is a…