A drawing of a young girl wearing a headscarf, close up on her face

The Breadwinner [based on the book]

Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban The Breadwinner is the story of a family trapped by the law. The father has been sent to prison, leaving his wife, two daughters and infant son with no way of getting food or water, for no woman is allowed outside without a male relative. Not […]

God’s own country

Johnny Saxby is running his family farm pretty much single-highhandedly. His father’s illness means he can’t help out, although he can still point out what needs doing. His mother left a long time ago. It’s just him, his father, and his nan living an isolated life in Yorkshire. He spends his day looking after the […]

Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Ever since I first heard about this film I was hoping it would come to my local cinema. Frances McDormand is a wonderful actor and usually played fascinating characters. But then I heard that it was a McDonagh film and thought “Oh no, not that Calvary and The Guard dude”. Luckily it is the other […]

Hidden figures [based on the book by]

Oh, I really enjoyed this film. So much more than I thought I would. I mean a story based on maths doesn’t sound all that entertaining. But I suppose that isn’t really what this is about, it is about the women who fought to show NASA just how vital they were to the space program. […]

Warrior

First reviewed : 27th September 2011. Latest rewatch Feb 2017. Another rewatch, another bump in the ratings, this one goes from 9 up to 10. It still has the exact same flaws, but I just love this film. It has all the feels. I love it so much. The opening scenes of Warrior feature The […]

A Monster Calls [based on the book]

The monster does not come walking often. This time it comes to Connor, and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do. Tell the truth. This is a very touching story about a boy who feels very damaged, guilty and mostly angry. He struggles at school with bullies, and pity looks […]

Nocturnal Animals [based on book]

IMDb blurb : An art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a veiled threat and a symbolic revenge tale. If I had to describe this film in only one word, then I would say “provocative”. But luckily I don’t have to use just one word, I can […]

Half Nelson

An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. Dunne (Gosling) is introduced to the viewer as though this film is one of those “inspirational teachers” changing lives films. The white saviour come to the poor black neighbourhood inspire his […]

Creed

I find myself unable to really blurb this film. I mean, yeah, the bare bones of it are an orphan kid tries to find himself through boxing. Gets mentored by his father best friend, Rocky, and because of his father’s famous name gets a shot at the title himself. Only that isn’t really what Creed […]

Mud

Ellis (Tye Sheridan) live in Arkansas, on a boat-house, floating on a river1. His father earns a living from the river, catching and selling fish. Ellis’ best friend, Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), lives with his uncle (Michael Shannon). He hasn’t got any parents. The boys have heard about a boat in a tree on one of […]