REVIEW: Al Pacino – The Movies Behind The Man by Mark Searby

One of my favourite films of all time is The Godfather and it is strange to think that legendary actor Al Pacino was almost not cast as the intimidating Michael Corleone – a role that propelled him into superstardom. So when fellow film critic and writer Mark Searby asked me to read his book, Al … More REVIEW: Al Pacino – The Movies Behind The Man by Mark Searby

REVIEW: The Handmaiden – 4/5 stars

In 2014, Korean director Park Chan-Wook announced that his next project, following his English-language debut Stoker, would be an adaptation of Sarah Waters novel, The Fingersmith. Transporting the action from the Victorian era to Japan-occupied Korea, Park offers his most erotic feature yet. The Handmaiden follows three characters – young pickpocket Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri), fragile yet … More REVIEW: The Handmaiden – 4/5 stars

REVIEW: Hidden Figures – 4/5 stars

With one directorial feature under his belt, director and screenwriter Theodore Melfi is making his mark in Hollywood with his second feature, which celebrates diversity and scientific achievements among women. Hidden Figures focuses on three African-American mathematicians – Katherine Jackson (Taraji. P. Henson), Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) – and their … More REVIEW: Hidden Figures – 4/5 stars

Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’

When Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away in 2014 from combined drug intoxication, film fans remember his subtle genius in his performances.  Even though he has been celebrated for his later roles, the performance that resonates with me the most is his turn as the late rock journalist, Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film Almost Famous.  … More Art imitating life: Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs in ‘Almost Famous’