REEL Review – Nomadland (2020)

Director: Chloé Zhao | 1h 48mins | Drama After losing her husband and the town she once lived, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs up her belongings and starts living out of a van. On long the road, she meets numerous people who also live the “Nomad” lifestyle. Other than her recently call up to the blockbuster landscape, Chloé Zhao has been working and thriving in the … Continue reading REEL Review – Nomadland (2020)

REEL Review – Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

Director: Patty Jenkins | 2h 31mins | Fantasy, Action, Adventure Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) has been fighting crime and keeping her head down since she helped the war effort during World War I. When her co-worker Barbara (Kristen Wiig) stumbles on an ancient artefact that grants wishes, oil entrepreneur Max Lord (Pedro Pascal) tries to acquire it for his own greed. Patty Jenkins’ 2017 Wonder … Continue reading REEL Review – Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

REEL Review – Calm With Horses (2020)

Director: Nick Rowland | 1h 40mins | Drama A young retired boxer keeps his head above water by acting as a brutal enforcer for a local crime family in rural Ireland, all whilst trying to balance his relationship with his son. Calm With Horses is the directorial feature film debut from Nick Rowland (known for superb shorts such as 2014’s BAFTA nominated Slap), adapted by … Continue reading REEL Review – Calm With Horses (2020)

REEL Review – Lovers Rock (2020)

Director: Steve McQueen | 1h 10mins | Drama Set in 1980’s West London, the film follows numerous guests of a party as they engage in romance, drama and dancing. When asked about the meaning of his Small Axe series Steve McQueen said: “it’s a celebration of Black Culture.” His first film, Mangrove, was a triumph in of itself as a roaring protest piece based on … Continue reading REEL Review – Lovers Rock (2020)

Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

Director: Eliza Hittman | 1h 41mins | Drama Autumn (Sidney Flanigan), a 17-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, founds out she’s pregnant. In order to get the help she needs she heads to New York with her cousin, Skylar (Talia Ryder). This review may contain spoilers. Sometimes a film is much bigger than it first seems; this year, we saw a similar thing with The Assistant (2020), … Continue reading Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020)

REEL Review – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Director: George C. Wolfe | 1h 34mins | Drama, Music On a hot summers day in 1927 Chicago Illinois, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and her band begin a recording session. Things get heated when her ambitious trumpet player, Levee (Chadwick Boseman), challenges the way in which they play. In 2016’s adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences we once again saw the true power of the stage … Continue reading REEL Review – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

REEL Review – Soul (2020)

Director: Pete Docter & Kemp Powers | 1h 47mins | Animation, Family, Comedy Joe (Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school teacher with a passion for Jazz, his world revolves around wanting to play piano with the greats. After he is offered the opportunity to play for Dorothy Williams, he meets his untimely end, and lands on the path to the great beyond. Pixar’s newest feature has … Continue reading REEL Review – Soul (2020)

REEL Review – Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun: Season 1 (2020)

Creator: Aunty Donna | Runtime: 20 mins (episode) | Comedy A sketch show from the Australian comedy group Aunty Donna following a loose narrative around three housemates; Mark, Zach and Broden. Netflix has created a substantial catalogue of original content in the last few years, with 2017 being a turning point for their comedy arm, creating the Netflix Is A Joke campaign. Stand up specials, … Continue reading REEL Review – Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House of Fun: Season 1 (2020)

REEL Review – The Prom (2020)

Director: Ryan Murphy | 2h 10mins | Comedy, Musical When their newest Broadway show “Eleanor!” receives bad reviews, a group of narcissistic Broadway stars look for a cause that will give them some good publicity. While searching, they find a teenager in Indiana who hasn’t been allowed to go to Prom, just because she wants to go with her girlfriend. Ryan Murphy, one of the … Continue reading REEL Review – The Prom (2020)

REEL Review – The Nest (2020)

Director: Sean Durkin | 1h 47mins | Drama English Trader, Rory (Jude Law) and his Wife, Alison (Carrie Coon), live a cushy life in upstate New York. Their marriage and domestic bliss are challenged when they move to a country manor in London. Sean Durkin’s second feature is a slow-burner, one that is less about actions or words and more about the methodical thought-processes of … Continue reading REEL Review – The Nest (2020)