Review: Kids in Love (Chris Foggin, 2016)

When it comes to coming-of-age films, the matter of which ones become cultural touchstones is quite often down to luck. It’s a hard nut to crack, but generally speaking the most enduring tales of the pitfalls of young adulthood are those with a strong emotional core, an ensemble of fully fleshed-out, interesting characters and realistic scenarios that don’t… Read More Review: Kids in Love (Chris Foggin, 2016)

Review: Cheer Up (Christy Garland, 2016)

Upon first glance, Canadian director Christy Garland’s third documentary, the Arctic Circle-set Cheer Up, might seem to be your traditional portrait of an underdog sports team, in this case a Finnish cheerleading squad that doesn’t want to, uh, finish last in competition yet again. What becomes clear quite quickly, though, is that this isn’t so… Read More Review: Cheer Up (Christy Garland, 2016)

Review: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz, 2016)

A cantankerous elderly woman with a granddaughter after money to help fund the modern art of her boyfriend named Fantasy. A lonely film school professor whose own screenwriting career is going nowhere after one brief success decades before, considering an act of revenge against the institution of his employment that sees him as a relic. A bickering… Read More Review: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz, 2016)

Sundance London: A Snapshot of American Independent Cinema in 2016

After taking a year off in 2015, the team behind Sundance London returned this year to give UK audiences a snapshot of what’s cooking on the American indie scene, with the lavish Picturehouse Central acting as the festival’s new hub for UK or European premieres of some of the buzziest titles to have emerged from… Read More Sundance London: A Snapshot of American Independent Cinema in 2016

‘Candyman’ or (How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Say Farewell to the Flesh)

During the 21st century boom of horror remakes with any sort of vaguely iconic bogeyman at their centre, be it Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street, it’s something of a surprise that the 1992 film Candyman never got the same treatment. One can just imagine a Platinum Dunes take with a Marcus Nispel or a… Read More ‘Candyman’ or (How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Say Farewell to the Flesh)