Reviews

Spider-Man: Homecoming

In the beginning was Tobey Maguire, then came Andrew Garfield, and now the Spider-Man we have before us is Tom Holland. His brief but supremely effective introduction was one of the best things about 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Set two...

EIFF: Sami Blood (Sameblod)

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Amanda Kernell’s debut feature film highlights the impact of colonialist racism on a young Sámi girl, exploring the social and political in a moving and personal way. The Sámi people...

Baby Driver

Written and directed by Edgar Wright, most famous for the Cornetto Trilogy (comprising of Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The Wold’s End), Baby Driver combines dry British wit with a vibrant Atlanta setting. There’s music in the streets and...

Lola

What are we to make of Rainer Werner Fassbinder? If, in the year of a major BFI retrospective, the director’s reputation has been consolidated, our idea of the man himself is anything but fixed. To some, his open bisexuality and inclusion of...

EIFF: Song to Song

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Song to Song is Terrence Malick’s eighth feature film since 1973, and his fourth to be released this decade alone. While it is true that his increased output coincides with a decline...

EIFF: Tokyo Idols

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Tokyo Idols provides a fascinating insight into the Japanese phenomenon of ‘idols’ – the thousands of anime-styled teenage girls who make their living as disposable pop stars –...

EIFF: Tom of Finland

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Biopics are hard. Director Dome Karukoski admits as much in the pre-screening talk. There’s the tricky issue of whether to attempt to faithfully represent true events, or to produce...

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