FREELANCE WRITER. JOURNALIST, AND SCRIPT READER – FAN OF SCI-FI AND CHOCOLATE DIGESTIVES – YSTV'S BEST DRESSED MEMBER 2013

Saturday, 24 September 2011

This long summer is nearly at an end and I'm well into preparing for moving to university, having been to both Ikea and Musbury Fabrics. Sufficient kitchenware and bedding is thoroughly in my possession. However, while many of my peers seem to have already started their university adventures, York's term begins peculiarly late, so I've been spending my time productively by watching films and then writing about them. Here are some pieces I've done for The Film Pilgrim.

City of God Blu-Ray Review

A truthful study of crime with an unpredictable, thrilling plot, post-modern stylings and a bit of seventies rocking, City of God is like The Wire crossed with Pulp Fiction and a bit of Saturday Night Fever, in Brazil. Not to be missed.



The English Patient Blu-Ray Review

Overly long and overly sentimental, but held together by a few very strong performances, a complex and engaging plot and expertly poetic filmmaking.



The Aviator Blu-Ray Review

This touching, tragic and stylish biopic is both a masterful, meticulously detailed tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood and an intelligent exploration of a deeply troubled psyche – not forgetting a worthy addition to any film collection.

That was three Blu-Ray reviews done in one week! I deserve a biscuit for that (as well as the free Blu-Rays).




Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within Review

Far from easy watching, but is an expertly made portrayal of a society plagued by corruption as well as a thrilling, uncompromisingly gritty action experience and a recommended watch for anyone interested in world cinema.

I braved the Manchester riots to watch this film, you know. They made us exit the cinema via the secret Nandos service corridor.

On the off-chance that anyone reading this subscribes to Media Magazine, I have an article based on my EPQ essay "How did the Americanfilm industry respond to the Iraq war?" published in the online supplement to the September edition, although I'm not sure if it's up yet. I've definitely been paid, so it's all good, and I can call myself a professional film critic.

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