La La Land: The Film We Needed

If you have ever stood beneath a purple sky and, for one crystal-clear moment, experienced a rush of natural beauty, freedom, gratitude and joy, then you too must appreciate that ‘La La Land’ is far more than a feature length song and dance. It may pay homage to classic movie musicals with simple story-telling, dream…

Sing Street: The New Bromantic Pop Odyssey

“What Tyranny could stand up to that?” asks Brendan ardently as he and his younger brother Conor relish the fusion of sound and image that is Duran Duran’s arresting music video for ‘Rio’. The same can be asked of John Carney’s career thus far, which has yielded a delightful trio of testaments to music, creativity…

Feels for Film; It’s a certain love affair

I tend to spend most Friday nights by myself in the back row of my local cinema with enough treats to satisfy Augustus Gloop on the most indulgent of days, far surpassing any prospect of room for later.Of course, for most, this is a clichéd picture of sheer loneliness, exceeded only by that of a bedraggled Tom…

Anomalisa: A stop-motion exhibit of our worse selves

Charlie Kaufman’s peculiar sensibility is a true asset to modern cinema, not least due to the sheer innovation of his sprawling plots. What makes him one of the industry’s most valuable writers, however, is is that his screenplays attempt to advance the audience’s own self-understanding, almost always through touching surrealism. Since Being John Malkovich rocked…

Hail Caesar: Pfft, Marxists…

Alfred Hitchcock recognised a certain innocence in his beloved industry, famously likening the cinematic experience to “a piece of cake”. In contrast, the Marxist revolution of the Cold War era gave rise to a discourse of cynicism regarding the prescriptions of Hollywood. Amidst the increasing consolidation of media industries in the democratic ‘West’, leading scholars…

Her: It’s all in the voice

Offering a wealth of outstanding performances throughout her career, Scarlett Johansson has solidified her position as one of cinema’s most exquisite gems amongst carnal adolescent boys and ‘cinephiles’ alike. It is in Spike Jonez’s 2013 Oscar-nominated ‘Her’, however, that the alluring starlet proves her true worth. Adopting the role of a hyper-intelligent operating system named…