Nightcrawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy

Nightcrawler, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, paints the portrait of a vile creature that lurks in the darkness preying off of people as a videographer in L.A. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Louis “Lou” Bloom is disturbing, yet compelling, a tension that Gilroy delicately engineers. The plot follows as Lou becomes a stringer, learns more about theContinue reading “Nightcrawler (2014) – Dan Gilroy”

Lost in Translation (2003) – Sofia Coppola

Lost in Translation, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is a tender portrait of loneliness, culture shock and friendship. The film, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, was nominated for numerous awards when it came out in 2003, with both actors winning BAFTAs for their performances. Billy Murray plays Bob Harris, an actor that yearnsContinue reading “Lost in Translation (2003) – Sofia Coppola”

Parasite (2019) – Bong Joon Ho

Parasite, the winner of four Oscars in 2020, including Best Picture and Best Director, is an astounding film. Director Bong Joon Ho, alongside Han Jin Won, wrote the screenplay, and they managed to create an innovative and unique concept about family, wealth and society, set in South Korea. Parasite won the Oscar for Best OriginalContinue reading “Parasite (2019) – Bong Joon Ho”

Queen & Slim (2019) – Melina Matsoukas

Melina Matsoukas’ Queen & Slim is an astonishing directorial debut, with an incredible soundtrack and beautiful imagery. The screenplay is by Lena Waithe, from a story by herself and James Frey. The plot follows Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) as they go on the run after killing a police officer in self-defense. WhatContinue reading “Queen & Slim (2019) – Melina Matsoukas”

Her (2013) – Spike Jonze

Her written and directed by Spike Jonze, sees Joaquin Phoenix’s character Theodore, build a relationship with an operating system named Samantha (voice by Scarlett Johansson). The film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Chris Pratt and Olivia Wilde. But it is wholly centered on Theodore’s character and the intimacy that builds between him and Samantha,Continue reading “Her (2013) – Spike Jonze”

The Art of Self-Defense (2019) – Riley Stearns

The Art of Self-Defense is the 2019 dark comedy by writer and director Riley Stearns, starring Jesse Eisenberg as the lead Casey. There are things unexplained in the film, like when exactly it is set, but while the inconsequential violence, attitudes and behaviours of some of the characters are exaggerated, they are alarmingly all tooContinue reading “The Art of Self-Defense (2019) – Riley Stearns”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Quentin Tarantino

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film (due to his counting Kill Bill vol. 1 and vol. 2 as one film). The talent and charisma of the star-studded cast is prevalent in every scene throughout the film. The film focuses on the friendship between Leonardo DiCaprio’s Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt’sContinue reading “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) – Quentin Tarantino”

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – Barry Jenkins

If Beale Street Could Talk is Barry Jenkins following film after Moonlight (the Best Picture winner in 2017 at the Academy Awards). If Beale Street Could Talk is moving, visually stunning and explores innocent love and intimacy. Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, the love story at its core is surrounded byContinue reading “If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) – Barry Jenkins”

Fargo (1996) – Coen brothers

Fargo, directed by Joel Coen and written by both him and his brother Ethan, is another gripping film in their portfolio, as is evident in their winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1997. Not only is the script phenomenal, but the acting is amazing. Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi andContinue reading “Fargo (1996) – Coen brothers”

Sorry to Bother You (2018) – Boots Riley

Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You is a refreshing, innovative satire that is thought-provoking and forces you to question your own complicity in the oppressive structures in society today. As well as directing, Riley also wrote the script, and his activist background is apparent through the film’s presence and power. The piece tackles a multitudeContinue reading “Sorry to Bother You (2018) – Boots Riley”