Retrospective Review: “Eagle Vs. Shark”

that we can take away from the film is that ‘love is blind’ and that we shouldn’t judge people solely on their appearance. In his usual quirky off-beat fashion, Waititi manages to bring us something rather unique and special with “Eagle Vs. Shark” and you will either ‘get it’ or you will find it all a bit too silly for your liking. Continue reading Retrospective Review: “Eagle Vs. Shark”

In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 21. “A Very GLOW Christmas”

By Morgan Roberts Wrestling and “A Christmas Carol.” Is there a more perfe​​ct combination?  That is what “GLOW” chose to do for what ended up being their series finale. In “A Very GLOW Christmas” directed by the wonderful Lynn Shelton, we saw some of our beloved characters tackling (and sleeper holding and turnbuckle face smashing) Dickens’ classic tale.  Over three seasons, the cast of characters … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 21. “A Very GLOW Christmas”

In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 4. Love, Actually

By Morgan Roberts Love is actually all around. Or is it? Because if there’s anything I remember from Richard Curtis’ 2003 holiday film, “Love Actually” is that men are garbage. “Love Actually” is an ensemble film with intertwining storylines which meet at various points.  But there is one particular storyline that has haunted me more than the Ghost of Christmases Yet to Come: Harry, Karen, … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 4. Love, Actually

Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran: Review

Year: 2021 Runtime: 18 minutes Director/Writer: Farbod Ardebili Actors: Mahadeseh Kharaman, Sarina Amiri, Babak Kamangir, Hoorsun Ashkan, Erfan Akbari, Reza Karimi By Joan Amenn Since 1979, Western style music, particularly rock and roll, has been banned in Iran. Iranian women are forbidden to sing or perform publicly. This view of Western music and a women’s role in Muslim society has recently been the subject of … Continue reading Forbidden to See Us Scream in Tehran: Review

Review: Underworld Blood Wars

Year: 2017 Runtime: 91 minutes Actors: Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver Director: Anna Forester By Mique Watson Just in case you haven’t been keeping track, we’re five movies into this franchise. Five movies. Yes, five movies. If you think I’m being repetitively redundant, let me just make myself perfectly clear once again: we’re five movies in. In this latest entry, you’d think … Continue reading Review: Underworld Blood Wars

A Taste of the Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh 2021

By Stephen Palmer Last year fellow League member Caz (@SheSpoiledIt) and I got to look at some films that were being shown as part of the inaugural Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh, a wonderful event that shone the light on some real unseen gems of 20th and 21st Century Taiwanese film. Because of the human malware situation, it was operated online, and gave the pair of … Continue reading A Taste of the Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh 2021

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