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Television 2019

Succession

As I do every year, I’ve compiled a list of all the television I’ve watched, or tried to watch, in an order that roughly rates my enjoyment level. This year, there was none greater than Succession, but there were a few other strong series to pad out the 2019 selection. As there’s still a week […]

Film 2019

Marriage Story

In 2019, most of my film watching took place from the comfort of my own sofa. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone as Netflix has really stepped it up. As usual, I’ve ordered all of my year’s viewings based on my enjoyment of the films. There is still a week left of 2019, […]

The Nightingale

The Nightingale

The Nightingale Directed by Jennifer Kent Starring Sam Claflin, Aisling Franciosi, Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie, Charlie Shotwell and Nathaniel Dean In UK Cinemas November 29th, 2019 by Alex Plant Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film The Babadook was in many ways a perfect debut feature. So much more than just a piece of genre filmmaking, it was […]

Dolemite Is My Name

Dolemite Is My Name Directed by Craig Brewer Starring Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Wesley Snipes Streaming on Netflix from October 25th, 2019 by Alex Plant There was a period in the 80s where Eddie Murphy was not only one of the biggest stars in Hollywood […]

The Addams Family

The Addams Family Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler and Allison Janney In UK Cinemas October 25th, 2019 by Alex Plant They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all-together ooky, but sometimes they fail to make […]

63rd BFI London Film Festival

The Personal History of David Copperfield

63rd BFI London Film Festival 3rd-13th October 2019 by Alex Plant The 2019 BFI London Film Festival rolled into town this October, bringing some of the best films featured at the Cannes, Toronto and Venice film festivals, as well as a host of its own premieres. The opening night gala was Armando Ianucci’s Dickens adaptation, […]

BFI London Film Festival: The Irishman – Press Conference

The Irishman

The Irishman Press Conference Attended by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Jane Rosenthal October 13th 2019 by Alex Plant Martin Scorsese’s eagerly awaited generations-spanning gangster epic The Irishman was a fitting closing night gala for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. In advance of the red carpet event, the […]

BFI London Film Festival: La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque

La Belle Époque Directed by Nicolas Bedos Starring Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet and Doria Tillier by Alex Plant Nicolas Bedos’ second feature, La Belle Époque has a set up that feels reminiscent of a cross between Westworld and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. However, with its liberal dashing of sharp french humour it manages […]

BFI London Film Festival: Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith Directed by Alexandre O Philippe by Alex Plant In its 46-year lifespan, The Exorcist has left an indelible mark upon the cinematic landscape, terrifying audiences, delighting critics and inspiring countless filmmakers with its shocking and stylish depiction of demonic possession. In Leap Of Faith, acclaimed documentarian Alexandre O Philippe turns his inquisitive […]

BFI London Film Festival: The Irishman

The Irishman

The Irishman Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale and Anna Paquin Screening at LFF October 13th, 2019 by Alex Plant Discourse surrounding Martin Scorsese’s latest has largely been focused on the the magical CGI de-aging techniques it’s said to employ, its three-hour-plus runtime […]