Testament of Youth

Posted 1:24pm Sunday 17th May 2015

Rating: 4/5 Often in our attempts to stomach the darker parts of our past, we create sentimentality by zooming in on the massive numbers of those involved and choose to observe the smaller tales of individuals. However, Testament of Youth elegantly zooms out of a personal story of the few and Read more...


Posted 1:29pm Sunday 10th May 2015

Rating: 3/5 There’s a fine line between a feel-good film and a predictably cheesy one. No matter how uplifting or audibly and visually stunning Boychoir is, Francois Girard’s drama teeters along this line like it’s a tightrope. Unfortunately, this film leans towards the Read more...

The Age of Adaline

Posted 1:28pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

Rating: 2/5 There’s a special kind of disappointment when a film’s premise is extremely promising, presented well and then ruined by acts of “love” that endorse stalking and manipulation as valid responses to superficial admiration. The Age of Adaline is an epic Read more...

Game of Thrones, Season 5 (Episode 1)

Posted 2:04pm Sunday 26th April 2015

TV It is hard to come by anyone who has not seen at least one episode of the high-fantasy TV series, Game of Thrones. While it is often assumed that everyone watches Game of Thrones, whether people have read the books is a completely different story. However, with the highly anticipated dawn of Read more...

Furious 7

Posted 3:15pm Sunday 19th April 2015

Rating: 4/5 The make-or-break factor when it comes to high-octane action films is the pacing. Master that, and you can demand all the suspension of disbelief that you want from your audience. The seventh instalment of The Fast and the Furious series proves itself, once again, as a very capable Read more...


Posted 3:11pm Sunday 29th March 2015

Rating: 3/5 If there’s one thing that films such as The Incredibles and The Iron Giant have taught me, it’s that animated movies can hold their own as great standalone films. Home does not qualify for this. The film bites its own tail when it forces inconsistent satirical metaphor into its Read more...

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

Posted 5:43pm Sunday 22nd March 2015

Rating: 3/5 Films “based on a true story,” especially ones about kidnap heists, usually fit into one of two categories. Category one: documentary footage that is so intensely dramatised that it becomes almost fictitious. Category two: documentary footage that sticks diligently to historical Read more...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Posted 5:30pm Sunday 8th March 2015

Rating: 4/5 After neglecting the romantic dramedy genre for some time, I am glad to have been reintroduced with the lively, beautiful and surprisingly captivating sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. While I wasn’t all too familiar with the original instalment, The Second Best Exotic Read more...

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