The Lighthouse (2019) – Robert Eggers [SPOILERS]

Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, written by him and his brother Max, sees Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe playing two lighthouse keepers on a small remote island in the 1890s. Both Dafoe and Pattinson give very expressive, theatrical performances and chilling and intense character studies. The unrelenting nature of the location adds to the physicality ofContinue reading “The Lighthouse (2019) – Robert Eggers [SPOILERS]”

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Gondry {SPOILERS}

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry, is an inventive, trippy, kinetic, psychological deep dive into moments past. It deals with love and memories in a unique and immersive way. The premise of having a procedure to remove someone from your memories feels like a timeless request,Continue reading “Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Gondry {SPOILERS}”

The Truman Show (1998) – Peter Weir {SPOILERS}

The Truman Show written by Andrew Niccol and directed by Peter Weir, criticises society and the ways in which we consume media. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) has been the star of an elaborate TV show and has lived inside a set his entire life, but has no idea that everyone in his life is anContinue reading “The Truman Show (1998) – Peter Weir {SPOILERS}”

Hot Summer Nights (2017) – Elijah Bynum

Hot Summer Nights written and directed by Elijah Bynum, is his directorial debut: his script appeared on the Black List in 2013, a survey of the most liked unproduced screenplays of that year. The film is a coming-of-age story that follows Daniel Middleton (Timothée Chalamet) as he is sent to Cape Cod, Massachusetts by hisContinue reading “Hot Summer Nights (2017) – Elijah Bynum”

Leash (2020) – Jamie Thornham

Coming in at just under eight minutes, Jamie Thornham’s latest independent short Leash (co-written with Callum York) is an unsettling, eerie horror that follows Caleb as he tries to track down his missing dog Milo. Set at night, Caleb wanders desolate streets, leash in hand. The straight-forward premise becomes clouded by the obscurity of unlitContinue reading “Leash (2020) – Jamie Thornham”

The Platform (2019) – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

The Platform, directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, with the screenplay by David Desola and Pedro Rivero, is a Spanish film about the class system and the power struggles that come along with it. Set in a prison referred to as the Hole and a “Vertical Self-Management Center”, two prisoners occupy each floor of the structure, theContinue reading “The Platform (2019) – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia”

Three Colours: Blue (1993) – Krzysztof Kieślowski

What a gorgeous film. Wow. Every scene felt like a piece of art. Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours: Blue is the first of the trilogy, which also comprises of White and Red, the second and third respectively. Set in France, the lead Julie de Courcy (Juliette Binoche) loses her husband Patrice and daughter Anna in aContinue reading “Three Colours: Blue (1993) – Krzysztof Kieślowski”

Good Time (2017) – Safdie Brothers

Good Time, directed by the Safdie brothers, Benny and Josh, is a stress-inducing, pulsating heist film. Written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein, the film follows Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) as he unsuccessfully robs a bank with his intellectually disabled brother Nick (Benny Safdie) and spends the rest of the film trying to free himContinue reading “Good Time (2017) – Safdie Brothers”

American Psycho (2000) – Mary Harron

American Psycho, directed by Mary Harron and written with Guinevere Turner, is an adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel. Set in the 1980s the story follows the increasingly unhinged Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) as he yields to his homicidal urges. Bateman’s voice-over tells us early on, “I simply am not there”, yet what theContinue reading “American Psycho (2000) – Mary Harron”

Lady Bird (2017) – Greta Gerwig

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, which she also wrote, is a coming-of-age story starring Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high schooler in Sacramento, California in 2002. As her self-given name suggests, she is brazen, assertive and unabashed. She craves independence and as the end of high school looms closer sheContinue reading “Lady Bird (2017) – Greta Gerwig”