Author: Katie Smith-Wong

It’s Only the End of the World (2016)
DVD Review

It’s Only the End of the World (2016)

Based on the play of the same name by French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce, Cannes 2016 Grand Prix winner It’s Only the End of the World focuses on 34-year old gay playwright Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), who is visiting his family after a 12-year absence to let them know that he is dying. However, […]

Their Finest Hour and A Half
Directed by Lone Sherfig
Film Review

Their Finest (2016)

The latest adaptation by Danish director Lone Scherfig, Their Finest is set in 1940s London during the Second World War. In order to boost morale, the British Ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a screenwriter to give their propaganda films a feminine touch.  Her quick wit and talent doesn’t […]

The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Film Review

The Fate of the Furious (2017)

It has been 16 years since The Fast & the Furious prompted one of the most successful film series of all time. The simple premise of an undercover cop investigating a street-racing criminal has evolved into an ever-expanding franchise with surprisingly entertaining cameos, ridiculous stunts, and indulgent high-speed car chases. […]

The Sense of An Ending (2017)
Film Review

The Sense of An Ending (2017)

It is hard to ignore a film boasting a cast including Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery and Emily Mortimer, especially when it is based on a novel that won the Booker Award in 2011. However, with such a complex narrative to adapt for the screen and one feature film […]

Swiss Army Man (2016)
DVD Review

Swiss Army Man (2016)

When this premiered during last year’s Sundance Film Festival, it quickly become known as the film with Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse. However, this offbeat comedy-drama by a pair of music video directors known as the Daniels (Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan) has so much more than the bodily functions of Radcliffe’s […]

Chi-Raq (2016)
Film Review

Chi-Raq (2016)

Filmmaker Spike Lee has never shied away from highlighting urban crime in his features. Since his directorial debut in 1986, his features have made him a key figure in black cinema, and he was awarded with an Honorary Award last year for his contributions to filmmaking. While recent features such […]

Your Name (2016)
Film Review

Your Name (2016)

In September, a Japanese anime was featured on the BBC News website. Why? It is the first animation not made by Studio Ghibli to make more than ten billion yen (£76m) in Japan in a month. After receiving acclaim from multiple film festivals, including the recent London Film Festival, sci-fi […]

LFF 2016 – Free Fire (2016)
Film Review

LFF 2016 – Free Fire (2016)

  British filmmaker Ben Wheatley is no stranger to the BFI London Film Festival. After premiering Sightseers and High-Rise in past events, this year’s will be showing his new film as its closing gala feature. Starring an ensemble cast with Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley and Armie Hammer, Free Fire […]

LFF 2016 – Nocturnal Animals (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Nocturnal Animals (2016)

In 2009, fashion designer Tom Ford forayed into the filmmaking industry by writing and directing Oscar-nominee A Single Man. A self-financed production, Ford gained critical acclaim from critics and gave Firth the opportunity to shine as a lead actor.  Seven years later, Ford returns to the director’s chair to adapt a novel by […]