• Edward Scissorhands

    Edward Scissorhands

    We really admired what Burton has done here, namely the fairytale portrayal of Asperger's syndrome. We appreciate how Burton crafted a character who people could love but many could also identify with on a very deep level and we think the film makes a very strong case that autism and all related disorders should be accepted for their differences and embraced by modern culture.

    Other than that, we enjoyed the cartoonish style of the piece and enjoyed how the story…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    There was a wild range of responses from our members to what is often considered a timeless classic - some of us absolutely loved this film, whilst others were not bothered, or even hated it.

    The things we loved about it were namely John Williams's incredible music. Every one of us commented on the incredible use of music in this film, not only the non-diegetic music, but also the use of music that is played in the film. Lots of…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    Our views on Sorry to Bother You were, as expected, mixed. We all admired Boots Riley's boldness in presenting his political points, though some of us felt that the ways in which he did this hindered the clarity of the piece, or certainly distracted from the strong real-world political connotations that were represented. Those of us in the group who appreciate the more bizarre and abstract found the physical, Gondryesque elements of the film wildly entertaining and even some who…

  • The Last Tree

    The Last Tree

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    REVIEW OF THE LAST TREE: By Alice Johnson



    The premise of this film was based around a young black British boy's experience in South London with understanding and navigating both the ever-changing and turbulent world around him and his own dual-identity.

    The film starts with Femi at a predominantly white school with his white foster mother seemingly quite happy and comfortable in this rural town. The film’s editing is clever as it pans to each white child and stops at…

  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★★

    A spectacular story that unfolds before the eyes of the viewers. This documentary doesn’t shy away from the realities of life, but instead, embraces them. The lack of conducted interviews adds to the authenticity of this piece and seamlessly invites the viewer to observe the captivating events that take place in the not-so-normal lives of Barbora Kysilkova and Karl Bertil-Nordland.

    The realism of these lives is maintained by the director’s choice to not present the footage captured in chronological order,…

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    Saint Maud seemed to be a completely mixed bag for those of us who watched the film. One the three of us who saw it, actually returned to cinemas to see it again, enjoying it thoroughly upon second viewing. Perhaps the two of us who have only given it a single watch would gain a lot from another try.

    One thing we all admired was the build up of suspense as Maud slowly becomes more devoted to her religion. It…

  • Carmilla

    Carmilla

    A few of us were lucky enough to attend a special screening of this Sussex-shot horror film at our own home - The Depot Cinema. We all enjoyed the film and felt that the insight given afterwards by Emily Harris, Hannah Rae and costume designer John Bright perhaps added something more to the film that general audiences would benefit from.

    As for the film itself, it seems we all enjoyed it for different reasons. some of us really loved the…

  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Throughout the whole film it demonstrates the perseverance of a young girl who through extremely trying circumstances does everything she can to protect her brother. The narrative is so powerful as we follow the perspective of Rocks (played by Bukky Bakray) who quickly loses her safety net at home as her depressive mother abandons her and her brother. Even before her mother's departure Rocks appears to be very independent of her mother as she sells sweets at school for money…

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

    ★★★★★

    David Attenborough’s dedication to the preservation and observation of our natural world is clearly evident within his latest release. He describes this film as his ‘personal witness statement’ and this is shown through his alternative approach to his usual documentation style as he provides a more personal perspective. Attenborough’s reflection on his own past with nature and discovery only enhances the film’s emotive and engaging ability. It reminds us of the devastation caused within a single lifetime.

    One outstanding thing…

  • I Am Greta

    I Am Greta

    We loved this documentary. Seeing the life of Greta Thunberg put into a biography was incredible enough, but the honesty it was done with was phenomenal. We enjoyed how her life was not at all glamorised, but instead was shown to be difficult. In particular, one of our members, who is also affected by Asperger's found the ways that the condition was presented was extremely humanising, which doesn't often happen in the media. Apart from a few patches of decent-at-best…

  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    We saw On the Rocks last week and thoroughly enjoyed it. Throughout the whole thing we were laughing, rocking, if you will, because if anything, On the Rocks is absolutely hilarious. Bill Murray's performance as a playboy dad is the absolute standout from the piece, almost obscuring Rashida Jones in many places. This was one of the only gripes we had - as Murray becomes the white saviour to a mixed race marriage. However, luckily, this is fixed and dealt…

  • Eternal Beauty

    Eternal Beauty

    ★★★★½

    This film uses the juxtaposition of tragedy and humour in an enlightening way for audiences to glimpse into the life of a woman living with mental illness. Leaving Jane undiagnosed to the viewer highlights a universal suffrage, rather than narrowing the turbulent life of Jane down to one word.

    The director has broken the walls between the known and unknown through the use of surrealism, drawing us closer to the character of Jane, but this can make for a difficult…