Category Archives: Reviews

Netflix Review: Dear White People (USA, 2017) is a binge-worthy treat

Dear White People directed by Justin Simien, was a 2014 indie hit film that went wild, from word of mouth at Sundance Film Festival. Critics applauded it and it garnered a massive fan base – so why wouldn’t we want to see it back as a hit Netflix series? Well, it’s here and it could be the new generation’s wonderfully culturally divisive version of Freaks and Geeks (cancelled way too soon)!... Continue Reading

Netflix Review: Casting JonBenet is an ambitious, clever and exploitative, experimental documentary

Casting JonBenet is a film that requires you to know this unsolved murder case but also leave your expectations at the door. In the 20 years that have passed since the murder of the child beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey there have been all manner of documentary exposés and coverage of this crime. Yet Casting JonBenet comes from a very different place, by employing an experimental and avant-garde style to create a piece of art that straddles the lines between the complex and the thoughtful as well as moments that are exploitative and in poor taste.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Netflix’s Girlboss sees a caustic hustler-turned-throwaway-fashion success story

Girlboss is a series that may leave viewers feeling conflicted. While it’s great to see an underdog making good and pursuing her passion it’s also hard to root for a lead character who is so inherently unlikeable. This Netflix series is ultimately like a fun ball of fairy floss, it’s pleasant enough at first bite; but it’s also a little bit throwaway and lightweight.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Girls‘ sixth & final season bows out with unexpected grace

Though it started on what seemed like uneven ground, the final season of HBOs Girls manages to not only pull the series strengths together and end on a high note but also manage to do so while remaining as imperfect and messy as it’s ever been.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Netflix’s The Get Down (Part Two) is filled with sensational, bombastic and breathtaking musical numbers

The second part of The Get Down first season (the story of the rise of Hip-Hop and reign of Disco in the 70s’ created by Baz Luhrmann) is an over-dramatic affair, hampered by an occasional inconsistent narrative and schmaltzy performances and yet, the latter half of its five part run is some of the best TV I’ve seen in some time. It’s almost as though it’s aware of its weaknesses and instead of trying to rectify them, it wears them on its sleeve, somehow twisting them into the show’s most charming and effective elements.... Continue Reading

Film Review: HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a vital bio-pic about the most important woman in medical history

The name Henrietta Lacks may not mean an awful lot to some people but in reality it should be one of the most famous names in history. Lacks is responsible for revolutionising modern medicine and contributing to every recent major medical breakthrough from vaccines for polio, HPV and the flu-shot; to IVF and treatments for cancer and AIDs. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an excellent bio-pic that gives some long-overdue credit to where it is due.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Outcast Season 2 Episode 2 “The Day After That” adds more questions

Episode two of the FX series Outcast‘s second season hits the ground running with a crash outside of town being discovered by a local police officer. It seems that rather than following the original fabricated alibi Giles had created (Mark taking his own life), due to Maggie’s wishes of her husband not seen giving up on his family, Giles has set it up so it looks as if Mark was killed in a car crash instead.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Merge returns in the Outcast Season 2 premiere “Bad Penny”

Robert Kirkman’s Outcast returned this week and I had the pleasure of being around for its return. I am so glad that a well written and tight nit team of characters and story has graced the screen for another round and I will happily be reviewing the series on a weekly basis. Over the course of Outcast season two, I will do my best to stick to minor spoilers while not giving away major plot points. So here goes!... Continue Reading

Ahead of season two, we look back at the debut of Robert Kirkman’s brilliant FX series Outcast

Outcast, originally a comic published by Image Comics and created by Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, is another Robert Kirkman TV creation that is slowly taking the world by storm. It may be a TV show that has a much smaller scale than Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series, but hey, even I remember watching the first season of that show and telling everyone else to give it a watch, they all laughed at me, “…it’s about Zombies?”, they smirked, “how good could it be?” Well, that was in 2010 and it’s now 2017, the show is still growing stronger despite a few bumps along the way.... Continue Reading