Film & TV reviews

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel was gratuitous, misinformative and sensationalist. The documentary spends more time glorifying conspiracy theorists than it does actually investigating the case of Elisa Lam in detail, instead choosing to give the likes of John Sobhani a dangerous platform.

SERIES REVIEW: Kingdom

This is no Cobra Kai rodeo with glossed-to-perfection choreography, relentless one-liners and high-school pettiness. In contrast, Kingdom is a maelstrom of drugs, hookers and a lot of emotional arcs involving broken families and addiction. It’s a gritty, sweaty and ugly portrayal of MMA: long hours training, the implications of the profession on a fighter’s personal life, the trials of “making weight” and disciplined preparation for bouts with big guys that pack serious punches.

BOOK & ADAPTATION REVIEW: Normal People

At the heart of the novel is the prominence of all that is left unsaid: there are often heartbreaking exchanges that consist of misunderstandings, fuelled by the silence of repressed responses.

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: Evelyn

TW: I would err on the side of caution as a viewer. The contents of this film could be very upsetting for some due to the themes of suicide, mental health, mental illness and bereavement. I understand that these are powerful themes that we try to face in the process of recovery but, especially during … Continue reading DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: Evelyn

FILM REVIEW: Captain Fantastic

What I like about this film, and this seems particularly apt given our current COVID-19 situation, is that provides a glimpse of a simpler and kinder world where people aren’t lost in their phones and connections are forged through physical interaction.

FILM REVIEW: JoJo Rabbit

I remember seeing the trailer for Jojo Rabbit and thinking: ‘I definitely need to catch that film as soon as its released’ yet simultaneously, my enthusiasm was somewhat dulled by my confusion at Waititi’s involvement with the Marvel canon. Don’t get me wrong: I didn’t think it was bad. I was just wary of the … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: JoJo Rabbit

FILM REVIEW: The Joker

Just a warning- I tried to avoid big spoilers but some might have slipped through the cracks. If you’ve yet to watch the film, AVOID THIS! With the exception of a short trailer I watched a few months prior to the cinematic release, I avoided promotional material for Joker. I didn’t research anything, I tried … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Joker

DOCUMENTARY REVIEW: I Love You, Now Die.

Make no mistake: Carr doesn’t provide a purely sympathetic portrayal of the defendant, by any means. However, Carr does use the documentary platform to illuminate the systematic vilification of women in the press.