The first in TFR’s coverage of VMDIFF, with reviews by Cathal Eustace and Katie McKenna. Attending a film festival online was uncannily comfortable. Spanning nearly two weeks and beginning on the 3rd of March, myself and Katie McKenna were at liberty to enjoy and critique some of the most interesting films that VMDIFF had toContinue reading “VMDIFF 2021”

Tom and Jerry: The Movie

Review by John Dugan Throughout the past decade or so, live action adaptations of classic cartoons and animated media have become a staple of blockbuster cinema. As a fan of animation, I cannot say these adaptations were something I felt effectively captured the charm of the works they were based on. Unfortunately, Tom and Jerry:Continue reading “Tom and Jerry: The Movie”

Operation Varsity Blues

Review by Katie Lynch The 2021 documentary, Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (Chris Smith) is an account of the scam headed by William Rick Singer which bought places at Ivy League colleges for wealthy students. Known as the “side door”, Singer’s method was to doctor and bolster evidence of participation in niche sportsContinue reading “Operation Varsity Blues”

The Mauritanian

Review by Cat Earley In a climate of increasing political tension and particularly aggressive surges of nationalism, the decision to adapt the story of a man who spent 14 years imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay is a commendable one. From the very beginning, Kevin Macdonald’s The Mauritanian (2021) is faced with the impossible task of providingContinue reading “The Mauritanian”

Judas and the Black Messiah

Review by Lila Funge “You can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill the revolution.” Striking. Powerful. Enraging. These are the words that came to mind when the credits for Judas and the Black Messiah began to roll down my screen. Director Shaka King proves he can stand with the greats in this gripping biopicContinue reading “Judas and the Black Messiah”