REVIEW: The dull and disappointing Mary Queen of Scots

The story of Mary Queen of Scots initially sounds riveting: Mary, smuggled from France, arrives back home, ready to claim the throne of both Scotland and England. Hereby, she threatens the Queen of England Elizabeth’s position of power. Both are strong women, with tumultuous relationships with men, trying to fight for respect. On paper, you…

REVIEW: The cheesy rom-com delight of Crazy Rich Asians

The premise of Crazy Rich Asians is that of anyone’s wildest dreams: the incredible guy that you are dating turns out to be part of one of the wealthiest families on earth and he also happens to be Asia’s most eligible bachelor. The film follows Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu), a young economics professor…

Analysing a Scene: The subtle genius of The Social Network

Since its release in 2010, The Social Network has become a modern classic. Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, the film was destined to be great. However, we all know we love it, but only a few can really understand why. As the true cinephiles that we are, we went on a…

REVIEW: Spike Lee’s powerful BlacKKKlansman

Spike Lee’s long-awaited new film, finally hit cinemas this past Friday and it has already stirred up many a conversation about racism and the current political situation in the United States. Because, even though BlacKKKlansman is set in the 1970s, based on the memoir Black Klansman by black police officer Ron Stallworth, the film feels…

REELgems: The timelessness of Genesis cinema

For everyone living in East London, Genesis is well-known. It is the perfect hangout place for students, families and basically anyone who loves film. It is so great, we think it is even worth a trip East for the ones that aren’t so lucky to live around the corner of London’s best cinema (yes, we…

All the reasons to go to the BFI this August

Living in London can be challenging as a student. It seems as if your money disappears to nothing in particular (probably the tube) and at the end of the month, all you can do is live on ramen noodles and pasta pesto for a week. Thankfully, the city is big, and there are enough options…

NEW TRAILER: Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk”

After presenting everyone with the work of art that is ‘Moonlight’, Barry Jenkins is back with his newest feature. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk follows the story of a young couple Tish – played by newcomer Kiki Layne – and Fonny – portrayed by Stephen James – in…

Why period dramas are the feminist films we need

Period dramas are without a doubt my favourite movies of all time. I never quite knew why: if it was the costumes, the beautiful locations or the tragic stories that surrounded the characters. From a very young age, I was fascinated. I could lose myself for hours in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Somewhat…

How ‘Drive’ became a cult classic

Every year, the film industry pumps out hundreds of films. Many of those are entirely forgettable and only a small amount are praised by critics and nominated for important awards. Still, just a very select few of those films are talked about years after. Films that are impossible to shake off, to stop thinking about….