Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – Reel Review

Director: Jon Watts | 2h 28mins | Action, Adventure, Fantasy This review contains spoilers. After his identity is exposed Peter Parker (Tom Holland) enlists the help of Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to reverse what happens. When the spell goes wrong, Spider-Man has to defend the city against numerous threats. Due to the pandemic it feels like a millenia ago that Spider-Man: Far From Home was … Continue reading Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) – Reel Review

Don’t Look Up (2021) – Reel Review

Director: Adam McKay | 2h 18mins | Comedy, Drama After discovering an asteroid heading to earth, Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) and Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) embark on a media tour in order to warn people about the danger that lies ahead.  Adam McKay’s panache for tackling real-life figures and crises in his previous films The Big Short (2015) and Vice (2018) has begun a … Continue reading Don’t Look Up (2021) – Reel Review

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) – Reel Review

Director: Questlove | 1h 58mins | Documentary, Music During the Summer of ‘69, Icons and musicians joined together for a 6 week festival called The Harlem Cultural Festival. Over 350,000 people attended, but the history books seem to have forgotten about one of the most monumental festivals of all time.  Sly & the Family Stone, Nina Simone, David Ruffin, Gladys Knight, The 5th Dimension, B.B. … Continue reading Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) – Reel Review

REEL Review – Minari (2020)

Director: Lee Isaac Chung | 1h 55mins | Drama | Languages: English, Korean In the 1980’s, a young Korean family decide to move their life in California in order to start a farm in rural Arkansas. The ‘American Dream’ has been played out all over cinematic history, it’s platform to attack the beaming facade of a ‘prosperous’ land is usually matched with a commentary on … Continue reading REEL Review – Minari (2020)

REEL Review – Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Director: Shaka King | 2h 6mins | Biography, Drama Small time car thief, Bill O’Neal (Lakeith Steinfeld), is caught impersonating the FBI. Instead of going to prison, O’Neal cuts a deal to infiltrate the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party as well as it’s Chairman, Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). Judas and the Black Messiah is the third feature from director Shaka King, a director … Continue reading REEL Review – Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

REEL Review – Pieces of a Woman (2020)

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | 2h 6mins | Drama After a home-birth ends in tragedy, Martha (Vanessa Kirby) tries to navigate her life consumed by grief. When the event continues to loom over everybody, Martha’s relationships with her family become fractured. Mundcrudzo and Weber’s devastating drama is an acquired taste. One that captures unrelenting grief in all forms, but one that also has very little in … Continue reading REEL Review – Pieces of a Woman (2020)

REEL Review – Promising Young Woman (2020)

Director: Emerald Fennell | 1h 53mins | Crime, Drama, Thriller Still traumatised by a tragic incident in her past, former Med School student Cassandra (Cary Mulligan) exacts her own justice on predatory men who take advantage of drunk women. 2020 has seen a rise in wonderful female representations. Through tender thought-provoking dramas with a contemporary setting, period pieces and even the continuation of Patty Jenkins’ … Continue reading REEL Review – Promising Young Woman (2020)

REEL Review – Nomadland (2020)

Director: Chloé Zhao | 1h 48mins | Drama After losing her husband and the town she once lived, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs up her belongings and starts living out of a van. On long the road, she meets numerous people who also live the “Nomad” lifestyle. Other than her recently call up to the blockbuster landscape, Chloé Zhao has been working and thriving in the … Continue reading REEL Review – Nomadland (2020)

REEL Review – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Director: George C. Wolfe | 1h 34mins | Drama, Music On a hot summers day in 1927 Chicago Illinois, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and her band begin a recording session. Things get heated when her ambitious trumpet player, Levee (Chadwick Boseman), challenges the way in which they play. In 2016’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences we once again saw the true power of the stage … Continue reading REEL Review – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

REEL Review – Soul (2020)

Director: Pete Docter & Kemp Powers | 1h 47mins | Animation, Family, Comedy Joe (Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school teacher with a passion for Jazz, his world revolves around wanting to play piano with the greats. After he is offered the opportunity to play for Dorothy Williams, he meets his untimely end, and lands on the path to the great beyond. Pixar’s newest feature has … Continue reading REEL Review – Soul (2020)