Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)

I really didn’t know what to expect when I watched The Cat Returns; all I knew about it was that it was a fantasy-focused spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, which already seemed weird due to how grounded Whisper of the Heart, mostly, is. Also I knew that the film was the sole Ghibli filmContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)”

Mulan (2020), The Worst Movie that’s About to Break the Box Office

Author’s Note: This review does contain spoilers, specifically spoilers regarding elements present in this remake that are not in the original animated film. So even if you’ve seen the original but still care about this remake I would advise reading with caution. 2020 is an exhausting year for film fans. Not only have many high-profileContinue reading “Mulan (2020), The Worst Movie that’s About to Break the Box Office”

Staff Picks: The Brutal Brian De Palma

Today marks the birth of one of the leading New Hollywood Directors; Brian De Palma. With a career spanning 52 years, and creating classics in multiple genres, De Palma has cemented him as a seminal director. To commemorate this occasion, we at A Fistful of Film have chosen to examine some of our favourites outContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Brutal Brian De Palma”

Staff Picks: The Devilish Dario Argento

Today marks the birth of the Master of Horror himself, the seminal Italian director; Dario Argento. To commemorate this occasion, we at A Fistful of Film have chosen to examine some of our favourites out of his filmography, from his early Giallo work to his later, more experimental, horror features. The Bird With The CrystalContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Devilish Dario Argento”

Tenet (2020), The Return of the Blockbuster

In a year with no tent-pole blockbusters to compete against it, Tenet has been on the mind of every film fan for months now. With the coronavirus delaying the release of the film, and while the news about Nolan and the Studio’s pushing for it to be released in recently reopened cinemas have caused aContinue reading “Tenet (2020), The Return of the Blockbuster”

Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)

Whether you’re an anime fan or not, chances are one of the few titles you’d recognise regardless is Spirited Away. Often referred to as Miyazaki’s magnum opus, Spirited Away is both a labour of love and the culmination of the gradual advancements in animation we’ve seen throughout Miyazaki’s career. The impact and reach that thisContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)”

Beetlejuice (1988), Happy Birthday Tim Burton!

Beetlejuice will always hold a special place in my heart; the first time I ever went to America I was on a trip to San Francisco and after a long day of constant traveling we made it to the Hotel, ordered a pizza and put on the TV only to find the film playing. IContinue reading “Beetlejuice (1988), Happy Birthday Tim Burton!”

Studio Ghibli #11: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)

It seems I’m falling into a trend with these pieces, everytime I get to a new Isao Takahata film I haven’t seen before it’s the same excuse, the art style looked bland or the lack of discourse surrounding the film never stirred me to sit down and watch it, and yet again I can onlyContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #11: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)”

Staff Picks: The Amazing Alfred Hitchcock

Today marks the birth of the Master of Suspense himself, British filmmaking legend, Alfred Hitchcock. To commemorate this occasion, we at A Fistful of Film have chosen to examine some of our favourites out of his filmography, from his early silent films to his acclaimed latter-day output. The Lodger: A Story of London Fog (1927):Continue reading “Staff Picks: The Amazing Alfred Hitchcock”

The Village (2004), an overlooked gem?

After breaking into the mainstream consciousness with The Sixth Sense and his twist that rocked the world, M. Night Shyamalan has had a rocky career. His post-Unbreakable trajectory a lot of his early 2000’s work was written off as failed attempts at returning to The Sixth Sense, and as time went on he became knownContinue reading “The Village (2004), an overlooked gem?”