Review: Rocketman

Rocketman, like Elton’s flashy clothing, is a colourful mix of storytelling, reality, and daydreams. Reginald Kenneth Dwight is just a kid of the working classes in 1970s Britain, but when he sits himself down in front of a piano and immediately mimics what he can hear on the radio, his journey to become the sensational…

Review: Stan & Ollie

A very simple yet sentimental movie, about growing old and still enjoying what you do. Set between the 1930s and 1950s, the film follows the famous comedy double act as they enter their winter years. Coping with their incredible fame shrinking as the world moves on, and manage the complexities of career and personal lives….

Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

If you aren’t stomping your foot, and maybe even welling up a little while watching Bohemian Rhapsody… then you are doing it wrong. A powerful dramatisation following the formation of the band Queen and the inspirational but troubled life of its lead singer Freddie Mercury. Upon its production, some onlookers questioned the casting of lead…

Review: Loving Vincent

What a gorgeous, mesmerizing and sad experience. Depicting the last months of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh’s life in France, the story follows a post master’s son and his attempts to deliver the artist’s final letter to his brother. How can you write a review of Loving Vincent without immediately talking about the animation…

Review: The Disaster Artist

More of a celebration of what the cult phenomenon now is rather than an honest telling of the disaster it had been. Two words stood out to me while watching this: Guerrero Street. The Disaster Artist is a biopic comedy based off of the novel by Greg Sestero, a young actor who in the late…

Review: Capote

Finally got around to watching this, possibly the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s greatest performance. One of the greatest writers in 1950s America decides that his best novel would be a biography following the hideous murder of an entire family by two men, and the trial that came after. What he doesn’t expect, in his overconfidence,…

Review: Serpico

Serpico tells the true story of Frank Serpico, a lone American police man who personally confronts the rampant corruption in the force. Frank Serpico (Al Pacino) is a greenhorn police officer recently joined the force, with an optimistic view on how the officers behave. He is a good man who finds himself surrounded by nothing…

Review: Black Mass

Johnny Depp headlines this Boston crime lord biopic with a transformative performance, but excellence isn’t only reserved for him. Between 1975 and 1986, James Bulger started out as a low level criminal, but with a friend from the school yard now in the FBI and a senator for a younger brother, Bulger gained immunity for…

Review: Hitchcock

An interesting piece of film trivia packaged with some excellent casting choices. Hitchcock follows the “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma in the true story of their struggle to produce the classic film Psycho, and how the film was nearly never made. While I can’t say the film gripped me necessarily, it…

Review: Rush

Rush proves that an intense, thrilling and impassioned true story can be made from the world of Formula One! In the mid-1970s a rivalry between two men gripped the world of motor sport, that of Britain James Hunt, and the Austrian Niki Lauda. The film begins with both men taking the leap from Formula 3…