Movie Mondays – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The risk with making a romance film is that it doesn’t come across as authentic enough, or worse still it reaches so far into seriousness as to become a parody of itself. Filmmakers are often not ambitious enough when it comes to romantic relationships. Either they’re carefully positioned as a secondary consideration to the plot,Continue reading “Movie Mondays – Portrait of a Lady on Fire”

Movie Mondays – Sound of Metal

I am not joking here when I say this is one of the best movies to be released in the past ten years. Since watching it a couple of weeks ago I still find myself thinking about it nearly every day. The film follows an aspiring metal drummer in America who suddenly starts to lose hisContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Sound of Metal”

Movie Mondays – Under the Skin

I always find it a point of total fascination that watching a film or listening to an album can be experiences where your enjoyment of what you’re consuming is not a guaranteed constant. Returning to stuff you used to like can sometimes provoke warm nostalgia, or otherwise make you coldly question what you even likedContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Under the Skin”

Movie Mondays – Lost in Translation

For me, Lost in Translation is as much a film as it is a mood. You’re never really whisked off your feet. You’re never really transported to a magical place. You don’t experience sweaty palms in a tense car chase. You’re kind of never really doing anything in this film. Instead, you flow with itContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Lost in Translation”

Movie Mondays – Patrick

Following on from Ewan’s post last week I thought I would also review another film from Aberdeen’s beloved Belmont Filmhouse’s shiny new streaming service, this time 2019’s Patrick directed by Tim Meilants. A black comedy set on a Belgian naturist camp, this film reveals all but also shrouds a great deal in mystery. Once youContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Patrick”

Movie Mondays – Possessor

For this instalment of Movie Mondays, I’ll be looking at a film from 2020 that I watched for the first time the other night. After initial apprehension at the horror category assigned to the movie I decided that the plot sounded good and that it wouldn’t be the standard Hollyood jump-scare bonanza that is oftenContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Possessor”

Movie Mondays – Burning (버닝)

Having written my university dissertation on South Korean cinema I think it’s safe to say I’m a fan of the nation’s work. When Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won best picture at the Academy Awards in 2019, I was ecstatic at the thought that now is the time for Korean cinema to explode internationally and be recognisedContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Burning (버닝)”

Movie Mondays – Atlantics

When I think about the transportive potential of cinema, foreign-language films truly fit the bill as experiences that lift you to faraway lands. It’s always eye-opening to be strapped to someone else’s perspective, privy to the motions and dramas of their story, beholden to the director’s vision that is untainted by the tropes that we’veContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Atlantics”

Movie Mondays – Eastern Promises

This week I’ll be taking at the 2007 neo-noir set in a seedy and dark London, Eastern Promises. It was a couple of years ago that I first watched this crime drama and it really stuck with me, having recently rewatched it I can confirm that it was even better than I remembered, and IContinue reading “Movie Mondays – Eastern Promises”