REEL Review – Striding into the Wind (2020)

Director: Shujun Wei | 2h 14mins | Drama | Languages: Mandarin On the cusp of finishing his final year in Film School, Kun (Zhuo You) spends his time doing the bare minimum with his best friend, Tong (Tong Lin Kai). When he gets an old Jeep, he plans to drive to Inner Mongolia in search of adventure and wild horses. For those who don’t know, … Continue reading REEL Review – Striding into the Wind (2020)

REEL Review – The Salt In Our Waters

Director: Rezwan Shahriar Sumit | 1h 40mins | Drama | Language: Bengali Deciding to take some time to work on his latest pieces, young artist Rudro (Titas Zia) moves to a remote part of Bengal Delta, joining a small fishing village. Though intended as a calming retreat, it becomes a cultural battle between the modern and the traditional. Winning the Spike Lee Fellowship, writer/director/producer Rezwan … Continue reading REEL Review – The Salt In Our Waters

REEL Review – Possessor (2020)

Director: Brandon Cronenberg | 1h 43mins | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller An Assassin Agency takes care of it’s targets by taking over people’s bodies in order to complete their kills. Their top agent Tasya (Andrea Risenborough) begins to struggle with her own mind when she’s assigned to kill a rich business man (Sean Bean) by occupying his future Son-in-law, Colin (Christopher Abbott). Identity is a curious … Continue reading REEL Review – Possessor (2020)

REEL Review – One Man and His Shoes (2020)

Director: Yemi Bamiro | 1h 23mins | Documentary Starting from his early career, we follow the story of Michael Jordan as he gets his first sponsorship – with Nike. It leads to the creation of one of the most popular shoes of all time, and explores the cultural impact the now billion dollar brand has. One of many debut features from the BFI London Film … Continue reading REEL Review – One Man and His Shoes (2020)

REEL Review – Wolfwalkers (2020)

Director: Tom Moore, Ross Stewart | 1h 43mins | Animation, Drama, Family Rooted in Irish folklore, Wolfwalkers follows Robyn Goodfellowe (Honor Kneafsey) as she and her father move from England to Kilkenny to wipe out a wolf pack in the way of a towns expansion. She meets Mebh (Eva Whittaker), a fabled wolfwalker, and they attempt to find Mebh’s absent mother. Animation studio Cartoon Saloon … Continue reading REEL Review – Wolfwalkers (2020)

REEL Review – Ultraviolence (2020)

Director: Ken Fero | 1h 15mins | Documentary In 2001 director Ken Fero released Injustice covering the subject of death in police custody. Nearly 20 years later comes his follow up, showing the lack of change and anger towards a broken system. The time it has taken Fero to complete his follow-up to the exposure of police brutality towards those in their custody may seem … Continue reading REEL Review – Ultraviolence (2020)

REEL Review – The Reason I Jump (2020)

Director: Jerry Rothwell | 1h 22mins | Documentary Based off of the memoir by Naoki Higashida, a non-speaking 13 year old autistic child, The Reason I Jump is an immersive documentary trying to bridge the gap between those struggling to understand the world around them and those unable to understand them. The best documentaries out there are the ones that keep the interest of its … Continue reading REEL Review – The Reason I Jump (2020)

REEL Review – David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020)

Director: Spike Lee | 1h 45mins | Documentary, Music Spike Lee documents former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne’s 2019 Broadway Show of the same name. American Utopia is essentially David Byrne rifling through Talking Heads hits and other songs while taking small intervals to talk to his audience, walking them through his thought-process or the origin of the songs. Something like this feels slightly … Continue reading REEL Review – David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020)

REEL Review – Rose: A Love Story (2020)

Director: Jennifer Sheridan | 1h 26mins | Horror Rose (Sophie Rundle) and her husband Sam (Matt Stokoe) live a sheltered life in the wilderness because of Rose’s horrifying illness. When someone gets caught in one of Sam’s traps breaking her leg, the couple’s quiet life is put at risk. Sheridan’s debut is an excellent little horror, blending ideas of domestic bliss and outside interference with … Continue reading REEL Review – Rose: A Love Story (2020)

REEL Review – Limbo (2020)

Director: Ben Sharrock | 1h 43mins | Drama | Languages: English, Arabic Omar (Amir El-Masry) is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting permission to work in the U.K. Unable to bring himself to play his Oud and missing his war-torn home of Syria, Omar struggles with his decision of leaving. Usually films about immigrants and refugees have a soft engagement with it’s drama, using … Continue reading REEL Review – Limbo (2020)