Paddington 2 (2017)

Let me say this in absolutely no uncertain terms and with complete, unshakable confidence: Paddington Bear is probably the best thing to ever happen to the world of fiction. Is this sentiment hyperbolic? It certainly is. Is it also profoundly true? Absolutely, and I will stand by this idea with all my might. Paul King,…

Have a Nice Day (2018)

I’m someone who enjoys surreal, twisted cinema, but even I have my limits, and I think I may have just found the one film that has managed to completely bewilder me, the animated dark comedy Have a Nice Day (Chinese:  大世界), perhaps the most polarizing film I have seen this year. In all honesty, I…

Personal Shopper (2017)

“There must be ghosts all over the world. They must be as countless as the grains of the sands, it seems to me. And we are so miserably afraid of the light, all of us” These words appear in Henrik Ibsen’s 1881 play Ghosts, and while this play doesn’t have anything directly related to the…

Love, Simon (2018)

We all want to be ourselves. We can express who we are, show everyone our hidden talents and exhibit our unique traits and characteristics that make us nuanced, complex individuals. However, for some, there are aspects of their personal life that they cannot reveal to the rest of the world, due to intolerance and close-minded…

Gridlock’d (1997)

Addiction is never an easy subject to represent in fiction because in order to convey the life of an addict, the artist behind the work needs to somehow capture the blissful euphoria as well as the fear and terror that come with being an addict. Danny Boyle, in 1996, made one of the seminal representations…

The Two of Us (1967)

It is always an amazing experience when you encounter a film that changes the way you look at cinema, especially one that is almost entirely new to you, not being considered one of the seminal cinematic masterpieces of all time. The last time I had this experience was about five years ago, when I watched…

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Who doesn’t love a good period film? The splendid combination of the magnificent costumes, often scandalously entertaining plots and timely stories, they can often be guilty pleasures, films that may be superficial and not entirely representative of the period of time in which they are set – but I’ll be damned if I said I…

Lean on Pete (2018)

Cinema has the unquenchable power to convey beautiful, human stories through the most simplistic means, and independent cinema, as has already been well-established by yours truly, has been at the forefront of this kind of filmmaking, telling stories that would otherwise be forgotten or disregarded in a more mainstream context. One of the most brilliant…

Ocean’s 8 (2018)

Allow me to be frank – there are few films that I enjoyed watching this year more than Ocean’s 8, and that could be for a number of reasons. The film is a continuation of Steven Soderbergh’s highly-popular heist comedy film series, constituted of Oceans Eleven through Thirteen, films that also adhered to the manifesto…

Isle of Dogs (2018)

I am planning to do a retrospective of Wes Anderson’s career in the next few months, which will entail, amongst other things, doing a ranking of his films, looking at them in comparison to each other and noting his highest points. Anderson is a filmmaker that has, in my view, never made a bad film,…

A Sumer’s Tale (1996)

I think we can all agree that the main purpose behind cinema is to be entertaining, to be momentary periods where the audience can simply escape their day-to-day problems and just experience stories detached enough from reality to make us momentarily forget our outside woes, and leave our ordinary selves outside the cinema for just…

Topper (1937)

There are few types of films that bring me as much joy as screwball comedies, and I have yet to encounter one I did not like. Their blend of perfectly-balanced humor, endearing romance, and masterful storytelling make them frequent films of comfort for me, with films such as The Awful Truth and The Philadelphia Story…