Review: Huckleberry (2018)

Huckleberry; from writer/director Roger Hill follows our titular transgender character (Daniel Fisher-Golden); who is navigating high-school life in a small rural town. He experiences discrimination and ‘Dead-naming’ from various authority figures in the community; which is a very timely issue to show on screen (and is currently often discussed in the media). This, however is not the film’s main thrust but more serves as a cultural backdrop to a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ style love story; as Huckleberry vies for the affections of Jolene (Sarah Ulstrop). She, in turn is trying to walk away from an abusive relationship with ‘Jock’ boyfriend Clint (Justin Rose). This is an interesting reversal of stereotypes and also a classic tale of teenage angst and the struggles of young people in small rural communities.

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Review: Ekaj (2015)

EKAJ is a love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture’s the journey of a runaway in New York City. Ekaj (Jake Mestre) meets Mecca (Badd Idea)who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds himself disposable, replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Written/directed by Cati Gonzalez and produced by Cati & Mike Gonzalez

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Review: Chasing The Win (Documentary – 2016)

CHASING THE WIN is a documentary feature film from Laura Sheeny & Chris Gelfi that follows the meteoric rise of a rookie trainer, a down on his luck owner, and their imperfect racehorse after an unprecedented victory thrusts them into the global spotlight of horse racing. Success and fame are followed by the hard-hitting reality of what it means to survive in the Sport of Kings.

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Review: Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is a 2019 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Carol Danvers. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the twenty-first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and the first female-led superhero film in the franchise.

The film is written and directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, with Geneva Robertson-Dworet also contributing to the screenplay.

Brie Larson stars as Danvers, alongside Samuel L. JacksonBen MendelsohnDjimon HounsouLee PaceLashana LynchGemma ChanAnnette BeningClark Gregg, and Jude Law.


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Review – FrightFest: Beneath the Dark Heart of Cinema

FrightFest is an internationally renowned genre film festival that takes place in London each year; but what is the secret of its success? That’s the subject of this documentary from director Chris Collier.

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Review: Happy Death Day 2U

Written by Lewis Mainwaring & Benjamin Gummery

Spoiler Free

Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American sci-fi slasher film written and directed by Christopher Landon. It stars Jessica RotheIsrael Broussard, Phi VuSuraj Sharma, and Ruby Modine.

The film is a direct sequel to 2017’s Happy Death Day, with Jason Blum again serving as a producer through his Blumhouse Productions company.


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Review: Peripheral (2018)

From director Paul Hyett and writer Dan Schaffer comes the new psychological thriller/horror ‘Peripheral‘. The film has it’s UK premiere today (November 3rd) as part of the FrightFest halloween all-dayer and stars Hannah Arterton, Elliot James Langridge, Rosie Day & Jenny Seagrove.   Continue reading

Review: Mansfield 66/67 (2017)

Mansfield 66/67 is a film documenting the life and untimely death of actress, starlet and Hollywood legend Jayne Mansfield from directors P. David Ebersole & Todd Hughes and made in association with students at Leeds Beckett university.

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Review: Art Is Dead (2018)

Art Is Dead is a new dark comedy from writer/director/lead actor Luke Oliver which is now available exclusively on Amazon Prime.
The film also stars George Newton (This Is England), Alex Reid & Elika Ashoori. 

“A group of actors, cast aside by the industry, concoct a plan of revenge. Ant, broke and struggling to survive, snaps when he discovers a fellow actor is about to be paid millions for his next role whilst Ant must continue to work in a dingy kitchen. Ant enlists fellow actors in a plan of revenge against the industry. First by kidnapping the famous actor and then pursuing a night of mayhem on CCB channels biggest night on the calendar. A televised night of chaos ensues with Ant and friends making a name for themselves, sacrificing all for their art. Continue reading

50 Years Legal (2017): DVD Review

Directed and written by Simon Napier-Bell, created to coincide with the 50 anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, this is an engaging but informative journey through LGBT history in UK since 1967 and how changes in politics and social attitudes, for better or worse, have evolved over the subsequent decades.

Originally aired on SKY TV last year this insightful documentary is being released on DVD & VOD on 19th May 2018 by Pecadillo Pictures.

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