Dune (2021) – A World Beyond Our Experience, Beyond Our Imagination

When it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was going to direct a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic and foundational science fiction opus Dune, I remember jumping in excitement, if not physically in spirit. I couldn’t dream of a better or more perfect match between filmmaker and source material. Even if I hadn’t read theContinue reading “Dune (2021) – A World Beyond Our Experience, Beyond Our Imagination”

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021), a Return to British Tradition…With Music This Time!

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, which is based on the broadway musical of the same name, which in turn is based on a documentary called Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, owes a debt to some of the best British films ever released; Kes, Billy Elliot & The Full Monty. It follows the same elements of workingContinue reading “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (2021), a Return to British Tradition…With Music This Time!”

Annette (2021), Psychological Musical Odyssey

Leos Carax returns to release his first film in nine years. His previous effort, Holy Motors, itself coming after a long absence from feature films, turned heads by veering off into the world of dense meta-ness. Both seen as a key text in metatextual cinema and also metamodern cinema, Holy Motors was ahead of aContinue reading “Annette (2021), Psychological Musical Odyssey”

Staff Picks: The Captivating Clint Eastwood

On the eve of his 40th directorial effort, Cry Macho, making its debut, we at A Fistful of Film pay tribute to a living legend, Clint Eastwood. A Western star turned filmic Renaissance man, Eastwood has become known for more than just kicking ass and taking names on the big screen. We’ve picked four ofContinue reading “Staff Picks: The Captivating Clint Eastwood”

Pig (2021), Porcine Soul Searching

The first things I knew about Pig were three things. Firstly, it is a Nic Cage movie called Pig, already seeming curio like. Secondly, the poster; a brooding Nic Cage looking like a caveman on a background of inky black evoking the revenge fuelled desperation that came with Joaquin Phoenix’s masterful performance in Lynne Ramsay’sContinue reading “Pig (2021), Porcine Soul Searching”

Cinderella (2021), Whose Idea Was This?

Who asked for this? No really, who asked for this? I genuinely can’t think of a single person who was clamouring for a redo of Cinderella. I know we’re in this glut of revisionist reimaginings of Disney classics, (although this iteration is made by Sony). We’ve had Tim Burton’s anti-animal cruelty Dumbo, we’ve had theContinue reading “Cinderella (2021), Whose Idea Was This?”

Zola (2021): Tapping Into Gen-Z

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out?! It’s kinda long but full of suspense”” Have you ever seen a film that feels genetically engineered to piss off the correct people? That’s only a slight appeal of dark-comedy-drama Zola, the latest offering from A24’s sometimes painfully hip stables.  BasedContinue reading “Zola (2021): Tapping Into Gen-Z”

The Night House (2021), the Sleeper Hit of the Year

David Bruckner’s The Night House was a real sleeper hit for me, having first played in January 2020 at Sundance I heard nothing about this film until only a few weeks ago when I saw the trailer at the cinema. But the trailer alone was enough to entice me, so when it came out IContinue reading “The Night House (2021), the Sleeper Hit of the Year”

Censor (2021), Cutting to the Heart

Let me set the scene for you.  In 1979 Margaret Thatcher is elected to office in the UK on a platform of evisceration of the power of trade unions and privatisation of the UK’s many nationalised industries. As a result industrialised areas of the UK are left victims of predatory corporate interest without recourse toContinue reading “Censor (2021), Cutting to the Heart”

Candyman (2021), A Revamped Take on a Classic

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman, and it very much is DaCosta’s film rather than producer Jordan Peele’s film despite some people trying to label it as such, is a direct sequel and spiritual successor to Bernard Rose’s 1992 film of the same name. Taking the widely acclaimed classic, that in it’s own right tackled issues of raceContinue reading “Candyman (2021), A Revamped Take on a Classic”