GIRL

Selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes, and now screening as part of the London Film Festival, GIRL, from Belgium, is a stunning debut feature from Lukas Dhont, from his own screenplay.  It is a highly emotional story, outlining the journey taken by a transgender teenager,  transitioning into the body she so desires.  But it’s not going fast enough for …

REVIEW: FIRST MAN

My first impression of FIRST MAN was that it looks great, particularly on an IMAX screen.  The audience feels the  claustrophobia and fragility of the small metal cockpits and cabins that the crews inhabit, so that the physical moments are intense, and worthy of a few sweaty palms.    To fulfil Damien Chazelle’s pursuit of authenticity, and in the manner …

ISLE OF DOGS

What a wonderful director Wes Anderson is. Yes, he’s Marmite. But I love Marmite, and thankfully, so do my kids. What I have not really got my head around is that Isle of Dogs is a perfect and wonderful example of stop motion animation film-making which works brilliantly at all levels. For a smaller child, there are dogs in peril …