GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

Year: 2021 Runtime: 128 minutes Director: Joachim Trier Writer: Joachim Trier Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum By Calum Cooper Existential crises were an oddly recurring theme in 2021’s filmography. That might not be surprising, given the current state of the world, but there were many thoughtful, gripping films (or comedy specials in Bo Burnham’s case) that explored the simultaneous beauty and anxiety … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

GFF2022 Review: Where is Anne Frank

Year: 2021 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Ari Folman Writer: Ari Folman Starring: Ruby Stokes, Emily Carey By Calum Cooper Anne Frank is a girl whose story everyone has heard; a Jewish teenager whose life was taken far too soon by the evils of the Holocaust. Yet her diary, published by her father, has ensured that her creative talent and emotional insights have lived on for … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Where is Anne Frank

GFF2022 Review: Nitram

Year: 2021 Runtime: 112 minutes Director: Justin Kurzel Writer: Shaun Grant Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis, Anthony LaPaglia By Calum Cooper “Nitram” (2021) is a disturbing film by design, yet even as I write this I’m unsure if this is to the film’s benefit or detriment. It is somewhat reminiscent of Todd Phillips‘ “Joker” (2019), a film that, while technically well crafted, … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Nitram

GFF2022 Review: Bergman Island

Year: 2021 Runtime: 105 minutes Director: Mia Hansen-Love Writer: Mia Hansen-Love Starring: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie By Calum Cooper Mia Hansen-Love’s “Bergman Island” (2021) is a soulful ode to the balance and conflicts between art and life. The creative process is one full of struggle and elation, two juxtaposing things that can often occur simultaneously. Whether writing a story or … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Bergman Island

AlRawabi School For Girls: A Thrilling and Thought-Provoking Lambasting of Patriarchy

Film critic Calum Cooper writes about the power and themes of Netflix’s criminally underrated Arabic drama series, AlRawabi School For Girls. Continue reading AlRawabi School For Girls: A Thrilling and Thought-Provoking Lambasting of Patriarchy

Last Night in Soho: LFF2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 116 minutes Director: Edgar Wright Writers: Edgar Wright & Krysty Wilson-Cairns Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Michael Ajao, Diana Rigg By Calum Cooper A prominent song in Edgar Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” (2021) is Petula Clark’s “Downtown” from 1964. The song suggests that if one is lonely or sad then a trip into the city – with … Continue reading Last Night in Soho: LFF2021 Review

Dear Evan Hansen: Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 137 minutes Director: Stephen Chbosky Writer: Steven Levenson Based on: “Dear Evan Hansen” (2015) by Steven Levenson, Benji Pasek & Justin Paul Stars: Ben Platt, Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Nik Dodani, Danny Pino, Colton Ryan By Calum Cooper Dear Calum Cooper, Today’s film was… an interesting one. It’s only been out a short while but it’s made quite … Continue reading Dear Evan Hansen: Review

Language Lessons: LFF2021 Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 91 minutes Director: Natalie Morales Writers: Natalie Morales & Mark Duplass Stars: Natalie Morales, Mark Duplass By Calum Cooper Natalie Morales’ “Language Lessons” (2021) is a great example of a simple concept executed wonderfully. Its choice of storytelling – a computer screen film akin to “Unfriended” (2015) or “Searching” (2018) – is one that I imagine is only going to become more … Continue reading Language Lessons: LFF2021 Review