‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review

Remaking one of Disney’s most successful, beloved classics (and the first animation to garner an Oscar Best Picture nomination) is a tall task, and one it seems many filmmakers will be tackling in this flurry of live-action remakes. Bill Condon and his brilliant cast and crew though, manage to pull it off. What could have…

The Bechdel Test

In honour of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d take a look at the Bechdel Test, what it is, and whether it is useful. The Bechdel Test is primarily used to examine the representation of women and whether their characters are people in their own right, or, effectively, ‘accessories’ to the men. In order for…

Oscars Autopsy: Why Moonlight Won Best Picture

Regardless of the mix-up in the presenting of the award, Moonlight‘s win was one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. Looking purely at the results of other awards shows, La La Land would have been (and was) fully expected to win, having swept up virtually every Best Film award. It therefore makes it seem even…

‘Loving’ Review

Jeff Nichols’ most recent release is the kind of character-orientated story that he is an expert at delivering. This time it focuses on real-life couple Richard and Mildred Loving, and a historic case that changed the United States’ constitution. The film follows the aforementioned couple, as they are persecuted for their marriage under the law, and…

DVDs Of The Month: February

There’s not a lot on offer this month as we reach the DVDs of the limbo period between Summer and Awards Season. There are still a couple of great picks, and some new options for kids. The Girl on the Train Based on the best-seller, this adaptation boasts a great cast and director with an Oscar-winning…