Penguin Bloom

Review by Catherine Callahan A bird with a broken wing and a newly paraplegic woman: though the parallel seems immediately on-the-nose, Glendyn Ivin’s new Netflix film, Penguin Bloom (2020), is more than just a feel-good family drama. The ever-talented Naomi Watts portrays the true story of Sam Bloom, a young, adventurous mother left unable toContinue reading “Penguin Bloom”

It’s a Sin

Review by James McCleary Ritchie Tozer (Olly Alexander), aged eighteen, moves out of home and straight to London, where  he takes up residence with four friends in a dingy flat called The Pink Palace. For most of his life,  Ritchie has remained closeted in fear of his tough father (Shaun Dooley) and traditionalist mother (Keeley Hawes),Continue reading “It’s a Sin”

One Night in Miami

Review by Luke Bradley One Night in Miami (Regina King) is a fictitious account of a real meeting between four Black icons – Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.), and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) – in the aftermath of Clay’s heavyweight championship victory in February 1964. Based onContinue reading “One Night in Miami”

History of Swear Words

Review by Oz Russell “History of Swear Words” is a new documentary series on Netflix, with a sweary Nicolas Cage serving as its host. The show uses a traditional talking head format, and the experts that the directors have assembled are almost all engaging, entertaining, and relevant: former Merriam Webster Dictionary editor Kory Stamper, historianContinue reading “History of Swear Words”

Pieces of a Woman

Review by Mia Sherry There are a lot of famous long takes that have gone down in history: the Goodfellas (Martin Scorcese, 1990) Copacabana scene, the infamous tricycle shot in Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of The Shining, more recently, there’s the entirety of 1917 (Sam Mendes, 2020) and Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, 2014). Usually, theseContinue reading “Pieces of a Woman”

The Midnight Sky

Review by Seamus Conlon The Midnight Sky (2020) is George Clooney’s answer to the entertainment industry shutdown. In his high budget sci-fi film released on Netflix this Wednesday, Clooney plays Augustine, a dreary bearded scientist who struggles to warn a group of astronauts about an unspecified global catastrophe on earth. I started this movie expectingContinue reading “The Midnight Sky”

Christmas Films

Three of our contributors review their favourite festive flicks. Paddington Dearbhla Shirt When I think festive, I think Paddington (Paul King, 2014). While the Christmassy setting is not necessary to the plotline of the film, it adds the certain magic and miracle that emanates from the winter season.  The film centres around the popular children’sContinue reading “Christmas Films”