Raw

by Ryan Morris

Raw opens with a static camera, immediately finding a shot we all know. It’s an open road, an empty one. It’s edges are lined with trees, fields either side. Rather than place her camera in the middle and locate symmetry like many would, director Julia Ducournau opts to frame this familiar image from slightly left of […]

Fences

by Ryan Morris

Sometimes one exceptional performance is all you need to make a film shine. Even the dullest script and most mundane direction can be pushed aside if there’s just one person in that film that brings immeasurable life to it. Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, doesn’t just give us one masterful performance – it gives us […]

Live By Night

by Ryan Morris

Ben Affleck is at a peculiar stage in his career right now. The last film he directed and starred in prior to this was Argo, a critically acclaimed and Academy Award winning feature. The next film he’ll be directing and starring in after this is The Batman, the follow up to the critically panned Batman […]

Silence

by Ryan Morris

Reviewing Martin Scorsese’s Silence is a challenge on par with enduring the film itself. I’d go as far as arguing that this is the biggest compliment I can pay this film.Silence is a feature that thrives on challenging its audience. The film wants us to suffer through lengthy patches of nothingness. It craves our undivided attention but […]

A Monster Calls

by Ryan Morris

One of the most frustrating things a film can do is have a third act so good that it feels as if the first two acts don’t deserve it. It means that when you leave the cinema you’re overflowing with joy or emotion or tension or whatever the film excelled in during its final stretch. […]