With the box-office smashing and heart-shattering Avengers: Infinity War finally at the end of its run at cinemas, much to the dismay of hard-core Marvel fans who still haven’t seen it enough times on the big screen, I thought it would only be fitting to welcome in our new leader Thanos with a rundown of the top 10 MCU villains!
So, in a very particular order…
10. Winter Soldier (Captain America: Winter Soldier)
Putting the Winter Soldier at 10 does feel a little harsh, him being a favourite character of mine, but I’m looking at him as a villain alone. The good thing about having a brainwashed evildoer is that his character is (pretty much) steadfast in his actions, making his tie to Cap even more awful to watch with Bucky is trapped inside. And with his bionic arm, martial artistry, and marksman abilities Winter Soldier is a warrior to watch! Continue reading
Russell T Davies has never been one to shy away from the grandiose and fantastical, two words that you wouldn’t necessarily attribute to the Thrope Affair of the 1970s. But the tale is as farcical as it is prejudiced, and is brought to life by the Davies and Stephen Frears, who saw the comedy in this very unreal true story.
Following the aftermath of a romantic affair between high-brow politician Jeremy Thorpe and young national-insurance-card-lacking stable boy Norman Scott – born Josiffe – A Very English Scandal goes through paid-off policemen, ludicrous hit-men, murdered great Danes, and evidence falling from the sky (or rather an old office) to the absurd trial itself. If this weren’t a true story, it would be hard to believe it.
From episode one, this show creates a vivid backdrop of Britain in the 60’s and 70’s without any heavy exposition or wallowing in nostalgia, a pitfall of many historical dramas. Continue reading
By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be sat at the airport waiting to board a plane to New Zealand – well technically to Dubai, then Sydney, then New Zealand! It’ll be the furthest I’ve ever been from home and the first time I’ve ever flown on my own. And it’ll be a hell of an adventure. Touring both the North and South islands my friend, Flora, and I will be visiting places like the Waitomo Caves, Abel Tasman, and more importantly the Tongariro National Park, which holds Mount Ngauruhoe, or Mount Doom!
To me, no fantasy world comes close to that of Middle Earth, which is why I’m so excited to be able to visit its real-world setting. So I thought I’d talk a little about why I think this it is the best fantasy world!
Firstly, Middle Earth is ridiculously complex and detailed, it’s hard to believe that a single man managed to create such a vivid landscape. As a language and linguistic nerd, I especially find the languages incredibly interesting and telling of the historical and social world of Middle Earth. Tolkien was a linguist himself – writing one of my favourite non-fiction books A Secret Vice all about constructed-languages and mythology creation.
His linguistic work in Lord of the Rings was colossal, to say the least. Tolkien created 15 art-languages, two of which – Quenya and Sindarin – Continue reading
“I’ve got a really good feeling about this”
Here it is, my 1-minute review of the latest Star Wars film that seems to be tearing the fans apart! Where do I stand? Watch and find out!
Have you seen the film?
Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Running time: 135 minutes
So there I was, scrolling through Twitter, when I see that tomorrow, on the 2nd of June, the London BFI is holding an event titled: The Many Faces of Agnès Varda. For anyone unaware, Varda was the leading female filmmaker attached to the French New Wave and is known for her experimental, guerilla style of filmmaking along with the feminist themes and social commentaries within many of her works.
Being a French and Film student I was lucky enough to have studied her and two of her most acclaimed films: Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7) and Sans Toit ni Loi (Vagabond) – both of which I’d highly recommend to any film fan! I was charmed by her honest, sometimes brutally so, presentation of life and women and was inspired by her experimental hands-on approach to filmmaking. The BFI’s event will be looking at Varda’s own journey through life and the creative industry and I wish I could go. So instead, I thought I’d take a look through all of the Agnès Varda movies – that’s six decades worth of work – and share my top five Varda films that I am desperate to watch! Continue reading
If you know me at all, then you’ll know how much I love TV. And no, not Netflix (though I’m certainly not impartial to the streaming service). I mean the real, live, “quick stick the kettle on there’s still time to make a cuppa” kind of TV. With the age gap of live viewers widening with every day and every new broadcast, I try as much as possible to watch the shows I love live. So, why not share and spread the love?
Patrick Melrose (Sky 1)
Being promoted as a passion-project by the Executive Producer stroke leading man Benedict Cumberbatch, it is unsurprising how compelling and sensitive Cumberbatch’s performance as the titular Patrick Melrose is. The show tackles topics such as addiction, abuse, and mental health issues while presenting an occasionally laugh-out-loud satire of the upper echelons of the upper class.
In response to the fabulous A Film Club Zine, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about why I love film and the film that started off my love affair with the medium, plus a little about the zine itself!
You can find the zine here!
Let me know what films sparked your interest in the comments below!
Having recently re-watched Blade Runner 2049 I thought it would be apt to share this piece that I wrote for the UCL Gen Fem Soc about whether we can call this a feminist film.
Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 follows in the style of Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi classic not only in its breathtaking visuals and intriguing plot – but also, it seems, with the wide debate surrounding it. Such debates centre around one seemingly simple question: is this a feminist film?
Immediately, a number of cinema-goers will say “no, it isn’t” since the central plot of 2049 stems from a love story in the original between Deckard and Rachel which is famously problematic and continues to be criticised today. However, I had not yet watched the original before dipping my toe into the Blade Runner universe so I won’t explore that angle here.
The proliferation of a lack of strong female leads in Hollywood has led to an increased exploration of female representation in film. The Bechdel test, a mode of gauging such gender inequality in film, was created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in her 1985 graphic comic Dykes to Watch Out For; the test proposes that
Quickfire film reviews, well it’s in the title, isn’t it?
I’m speedily reviewing old releases, re-watches, and films I didn’t particularly enjoy.
Bill (dir. Richard Bracewell)
Starring: Matthew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick
What’s in a name?
Well, from the name of this film alone you know not to go into this film expecting any sort of historical accuracy – a surprise from the Horrible Histories gang, but works all the more in their favour. Following the ‘real’ story of William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare’s journey to the London Stage, we see the dramatist getting kicked out of ‘Mortal Coil’ for his spotlight-stealing lute playing, working to promote the ‘Two a Week” vegetable campaign dressed dashingly as a tomato alongside the cucumber Christopher Marlowe, and helping to put a stop to the deviously disguised King Phillip II of Spain from carrying out a Catholic Plot to kill the Queen. Ridiculous in all the right ways.
With a satirical Monty Python feel, ‘Bill’ is a silly laugh-out-loud film brought to life by the wonderfully familiar cast, headed by Continue reading
“Life. It’s always been too much, and not enough”
Bleak, barren, and brutal – Funny Cow certainly isn’t a comedy!
Check out my review of this interesting British drama and let me know what you think of it in the comments!
Director: Adrian Shergold
Starring: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts
Running time: 103 minutes