Film Review

The Hunting Ground (2014)
Film Review

The Hunting Ground (2014)

The Hunting Ground is Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering’s follow up to their multi-award winning 2012 film The Invisible War. Where the latter was an investigation of institutionalised rape in the US Military, The Hunting Ground, structurally and visually identical, extends this investigation to the vast network of American colleges […]

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
Film Review

Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution is Stanley Nelson’s fantastic, comprehensive account, made for PBS, of the historic rise to power and eventual demise of the Black Panther Party. The film charts their rise from militant protectors of the people, in response to the brutal handling of black citizens […]

Bereave (2015)
Film Review

Bereave (2015)

When I walked out of the cinema after just having viewed Bereave I was in a good mood. I’d just spent over an hour and a half being bemused and amused in equal measure. I couldn’t hate the film because it made me chuckle so often. Unfortunately, it’s not intended […]

Fresno (2015)
Film Review

Fresno (2015)

Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer play Martha and Shannon, respectively, in this tired comedy that tries to set itself out as something different because it dares to have a main character who is a sex addict. It’s not anything different. In fact, peel away the dressing and you’ll find a […]

Narcopolis (2014)
Film Review

Narcopolis (2014)

As I sat down to write my review of Narcopolis I began to feel guilty. It felt unfair to criticise a movie so much when it had obviously tried to deliver something beyond the restraints of a low budget and limited resources. But then I remembered that it was crap. […]

Scottish Mussel (2015)
Film Review

Scottish Mussel (2015)

I have seen a few Scottish rom-coms in the past few years and they have taught me one thing – Scotland just isn’t the place to be making rom-coms. I don’t know for certain what it is that makes them so unfilmable here in Scotland, but I am willing to […]

Tu Dors Nicole (2014)
Film Review

Tu Dors Nicole (2014)

With its black and white cinematography, female lead character who seems to be struggling to move on with her life, sense of fun and energy, and good use of music, the first point of comparison for this movie may well be Frances Ha. It was certainly the first movie that […]

Swung (2015)
Film Review

Swung (2015)

Making a movie about the swinging scene is no easy feat. Make it too bleak and serious and you have the potential to be stuck in the shadow of a well-revered movie like Shame. Make it too amusing and you could end up in the company of Sex Lives Of The Potato […]

Labyrinthus (2014)
Film Review

Labyrinthus (2014)

Labyrinthus is a moderately enjoyable adventure movie that stands on the shoulders of quite a few predecessors. There’s a game being played that has serious consequences in the real world a la Jumanji and Zathura. There’s a computer game that ends up being very dangerous to play (Stay Alive and […]

Misery Loves Comedy (2015)
Film Review

Misery Loves Comedy (2015)

Misery Loves Comedy is a fun documentary. Any documentary that questions various comedians and actors should be. Kevin Pollak is the offscreen interviewer, asking a number of questions that hope to provide us with a sketch of just what it takes to make it in the field of comedy. Unfortunately […]