You Won’t Be Alone – first-look review

In many ways, You Won’t Be Alone is a coming-of-age story, but in the same way that is a horror; Stolevski’s debut feature tends to eschew classic genres in favour of a more distinctive, idiomatic kind of storytelling. This ultimately gives way to a gorgeous tale of identity and the interconnectivity of people — what is it like to feel something for the very first time, when you had never ever heard about it before? You Won’t Be Alone – first-look review Goran Stolesvski weaves a strange and sumptuous tale…

God’s Country – first-look review

Her white female colleague bows her head as she votes ‘yes’ to an all-white shortlist for a job at the college, despite the promise that they would work harder at inclusivity, while her boss and neighbour Arthur (Kai Lennox) buddies up with the macho hunters in a display of masculine submission. As snow settles over the rural town, it muffles the landscape—sounds are muted and colours are limited to muddy greys and browns. “Why are you like this?” Sandra asks the younger hunter early on in the film pleadingly, worthlessly.…

Am I OK? – first-look review

“I don’t even know what I am,” cries the 32-year-old, Johnson somehow even makes blubbering beautiful. This navigation of self-acceptance in adulthood is aided by Lauren Pomerantz’s loveable script, based on her experience of self-discovery in her thirties, that expertly hits the beats of sensitivity and sincerity in depicting the anxieties of coming out as an adult. very much stays in its own comfort zone, the tactile comfortability it radiates promises a prevailing lightness even as it confronts the sudden strain on Lucy and Jane’s friendship. The couple met playing…

2nd Chance – first-look review

He pats himself on the back for being a self-appointed, lifelong defender of his country’s boys in blue, even hiring Aaron Westrick, a former cop saved by one of his vests, to work alongside Davis’ father, son, and (first) ex-wife at Second Chance. Instead, he allows Davis to babble about his daddy issues and adulterous urges, his loquacious folksiness failing to cover the core of venal, egocentric conservatism that Bahrani all but takes for granted. Editor Aaron Wickenden includes several instances of Bahrani pressing Davis for certain truths, but the…

Amulet

Yet Garai refuses to take the obvious route, instead tinkering with the context, and picking up on strange threads which lead into a world of high gothic fantasy. Share this Share this Romola Garai’s feature directorial debut is a haunting feminist revenge horror that upturns genre tropes and flouts convention.Way back in 2012, the actor Romola Garai made a startling and accomplished short film called Scrubber, and it suggested she had a viable career both in front of and behind the camera. In all, here’s hoping that it’s not another…

Taming the Garden

Birdsong is lost to the roar of chainsaws and blue sky is replaced by plumes of billowing grey smoke as an ancient, deeply rooted tree is dug from its Georgian homeland. In turn, their unfiltered candour leads to raw admittance of the unethical power imbalance and economic instability that underscores this documentary. Contemplating its subject with an unhurried pace makes for an entrancing watch. Taming the Garden Review by Emily Maskell @EmMaskell Share this Directed by Salomé Jashi Starring Anticipation. Though Jashi’s directorial position is completely rescinded, there remain so…

Sharp Stick – first-look review

Sarah Jo, despite her sheltered outlook and possibly being on the autism spectrum (a detail hinted at but never confirmed) knows her own mind, and although she falsely conflates sexuality with womanhood, Sharp Stick never judges her for it. A coming-of-age story about a naïve young woman’s complicated sexual awakening, Sharp Stick is likely to prove as divisive as all of Dunham’s past work, but thanks to a sympathetic and sweet performance from leading lady Kristene Froseth and a no-holds-barred script which reflects its creator’s outspoken sensibilities, it’s an interesting…