Michael Burn’s Peaks and Valleys is a wonderful character study of two people who find each other at the right time. With memorable performances in a gorgeous setting, this is a drama that captivates you from beginning to end.
Jake Mahaffy’s Reunion utilises its slow-burn storytelling to compel its audience. This complex tale occasionally trips itself up, but with a killer finale, it makes it a film that is worth the build.
Director William Olssen’s Lost Girls and Love Hotels presents a bleak character study of a person trying to numb their senses to forget their past. A film about loneliness and yearning to forget.
There are no top 10s or top 15s from me this year, it has been that kind of year hasn’t it? For films at least it has been actually quite the banner year, yes a lot of films have been pushed to online viewing so we have missed the joy
Jump straight into Valhalla: Legend of Thor as blind as possible. this is an absolute treat of a film that grounds our Nordic Gods in ways that we have not seen in quite some time. This is a film that is very much worth your time.
Skyfire (天·火) harks back to a simpler time when disaster movies ran the summer market. This flawed but entertaining Chinese film has a lot of charm with some great action set pieces. Skyfire (天·火) is the epitome of a summer popcorn flick.
We are in the end game now gang. We are in the penultimate film of our series and I can almost guess that if you asked people how many Hellraiser films there are, they would not get close to 10. Anyway, Here we go Hellraiser: Revelations! Two friends Steven Craven
The Last Video Store is a wonderful look at persistence and love of a format that appears to be on its way out. If there were more places like this little store on a side street in Bristol, we would be the richer for it. This was meant to be
Attila Hartungs debut feature FOMO is a scathing look at over the top masculinity and the lasting effects of abusive use of social media. Teenage friends Gergö (Yorgosz Goletsas), Patrik, Bandi and Ábris are into three things: partying, sex and their online following. One night, at a drunken house party,
We reach the tail end of our Hellraiser series with number 8 in the franchise Hellraiser: Hellworld. Released an unthinkable and almost impressive 92 DAYS after Hellraiser: Deader was released. Honestly, I can imagine people renting out Deader and then three months later going back to Blockbuster (we had an
Nothing will quite prepare you for the awkwardness and pain you will have for these characters and for women overall after viewing Force of Habit. Filmed by seven directors (Kirsikka Saari, Mila Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi, Reetta Aalto, Anna Paavilainen and Alli Haapasalo. We follow a multitude of characters
As In Search of Darkness states, the 80s was a booming time in the horror genre. There is a very good reason why the last 20 years has been rife with remakes from that period. Due to political frustrations at the time and a myriad of other fears of things
We are in the back end of our Hellraiser series and it sure as hell isn’t getting better. This time out we effectively return to the plot of Hellraiser: Hell on Earth. Being creative isn’t for everyone it seems. Welcome to Hellraiser: Deader Remember how we are left with Kirsty
A Dim Valley is a wonderfully dreamy exploration in what can only be described as a slow mythic folk drama. A film with many more layers than you would imagine. That’s boosted by the final two acts wasting no time in its intentions. Professor Clarence (Robert Longstreet) and his two
A criminally stupid film, Hellraiser: Hellseeker is the first truly unforgiveable addition to the franchise that should be forgotten from your mind as soon as you finish watching it. Spoiler, there will be a lot of the film given away here, but it might be better to know this stuff
I Am Not A Hero is essential viewing for audiences to fully grasp the events of what happened during the first wave of COVID-19 inside our hospitals. Focusing on the Belgian Erasmus Hospital in Brussels, three filmmakers stayed from the early beginnings of the pandemic until the last day the
Four years after the utterly wasteful Hellraiser: Bloodline, Dimension Films decided to have another crack at the Hellraiser franchise with Hellraiser Inferno. Detective Joseph Thorne (Craig Sheffer) is investigating the gruesome deaths of the serial killer The Engineer. Who leaves behind what looks to be the finger of a child
Alan Sorkin has conjured up a bonafide crowd-pleaser with The Trial of The Chicago 7. While it skirts around with the facts at times has its heart firmly in the right place. A must watch a film. Peaceful anti-Vietnam War protests during the Democratic Parties National Convention in 1968 had
This will always be a hard film to review because it was not the version that was originally intended. There is a script out there for what Clive Barker and Peter Atkins envisioned for Hellraiser: Bloodline that seemed quite interesting. Though studio executive has got to meddle and we get
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, may have not had the same level of surprise as the first film. But it is still nonetheless wholly effective in its message and enhanced greatly with the inclusion of Maria Bakalova. In Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, spelt the end of the franchise as we knew it. Away from its compelling origin and into the standard slasher fare that studios knew how to market. Trying to continue from where we left off, Pinhead is still in his sexy torture pillar. Or known
Michel Franco’s New Order is punishing film. Unflinching and unforgiving this is a cautionary tale for societies. Marianne’s (Naian Gonzaléz Norvind) wedding at the spectacular family home is besieged by several unexpected incidents: the registrar is late; social disturbances delay guests en route, and former employee Rolando turns up seeking
Oh, what could have been, Hellbound: Hellraiser II had everything going for it, except a coherent story. The ultimate in missed opportunities to truly kick on an intriguing franchise. Following up straight after the events of the first Hellraiser, Hellbound finds Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) trying to explain to doctors what
We start our Hellraiser series with the first of the franchise, the rest of the reviews will be split into two or so films at a time. But the first (and best) Hellraiser deserves its own singular review. Clive Barker created an unrelentingly dark film in Hellraiser and one that
Yemi Bamiro explores the rise of Nikes Air Jordan’s and the effects of having a chokehold on supply vs demand in the fascinatingly balanced One Man and His Shoes. A sportsman with once-in-a-generation talent, Michael Jordan was held up as a symbol of Black progress; he had his own phenomenally
The Academy Awards are coming hell or high water in April and with the majority of the releases out or at least seen, we have now got a pretty good guesstimate on who will be nominated for what. So without further ado (as this is going to be a long
Abel Ferrara and frequent collaborator Willem Dafoe join forces in Siberia, a film that explores experimental cinema to its fullest. Clint (Willem Dafoe) lives in a snowed-in wooded area of Siberia. Tending to his small desolate bar. Isolated from the rest of mankind until they visit him he gets by
Robi Mitchell delivers a wonderful feature debut with Every Time I Die that demands your attention throughout. An understated film that rewards the audience by the final act. Sam (Drew Fonteiro) takes up an offer from his friends to stay at a remote lake house when he is tragically murdered,
Lovers Rock is the second part of Steve McQueen’s Small Axes series following on from Mangrove. Boy do we have a completely different film this time out. It’s a Saturday sometime in the 80s. Samson preps his sound system for Blues dance while Martha (Amarah-Jae St.Aubyn) shimmies down her drainpipe.
Ammonite succeeds solely by the sheer force of its leads performances and brilliant cinematography, despite an underwhelming script and direction from director Francis Lee. Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) is a self-taught paleontologist who also runs a shop selling what she finds on the nearby beach in Lyme Regis. Her work
After Love takes us on a touching journey of loss, with a career turning performance from Joanna Scanlan. A feature debut from Aleem Khan that shows us a talented filmmaker who will be one to watch. When Ahmed Hussain passes away suddenly in his Dover home, his loyal wife Mary
Pedro Almodóvar’s English language debut allows for Tilda Swinton to own the screen in the gorgeous The Human Voice. Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of
Despite its monochromatic look, this is as colourful and exuberant a show as you will find in 2020. David Byrne’s American Utopia will rank highly on a lot of peoples end of year lists. We are going a tad shorted with this review than usual. This is because this is
Another Round is a comedy with tragic undertones. Our four leads guide us to the perils of not knowing or accepting your limits in Thomas Vinteberg’s brilliant film. Four friends, all teachers at various stages of middle age, are stuck in a rut. Unable to share their passions either at
Co-writer and star Clare Dunne shines in this pure story of a mother trying to do what is best for her children. In the most difficult of circumstances in Phyllida Lloyd’s empowering Herself. Sandra (Clare Dunne) is a mother of two girls (Molly McCann and Ruby Rose O’Hara) who has
Cicada is a tender and vulnerable piece of cinema. A powerful, yet graceful debut feature for Matthew Fifer and Kieran Mulcare. Introspective bisexual Ben (Matthew Fifer) drifts from one casual encounter to the next. While his recent relationships barely last past morning, things change when he meets Sam (Sheldon D.
Last time out we left you with the first part of our trilogy for horror films beginning with the letter M. We continue on with our middle installment that has some modern classics, a wonderful 30s film and some under appreciated flicks. Lets get into it shall we? Midnight Meat
Somehow Ginger Snaps is 20 years old and that has shocked me right down to my little horror fan core as I very much remember getting the DVD for this in 2003 and loving the ever loving hell out of it. We even have it in our horror movies to
Tenet did not pull in enough money to appease the film studio Gods in it’s opening week. Thus it has caused the start of a very busy period of reshuffling of theatrical dates. Starting with Wonder Woman 1984 moving all the way to Christmas Day. But, what does that mean
Today the Academy announced that new Oscar representation and inclusion standards for eligibility for Best Picture from the 96th Oscars (2024). However, films will have to complete a confidentiality form for consideration for the 94th (2022) and 95th (2023) Oscars. Films that want to be considered for the category will
Overall a very good trailer and in fact one that was so good that there doesn’t actually need to be another trailer. We know there will be of course, but how much more do they need to show to bring audiences to theatres? We, of course, go down the dark
1924 was an odd year with not too many memorable films and the box office was also a tad quieter. The two biggest films of the year were Douglas Fairbanks expensive epic The Thief of Baghdad and then our largest grosser Frank Lloyds adaption of Rafael Sabatini’s novel The Sea
For Tuesdays, we thought it would be interesting to select a few films from specific actors or directors’ filmography and suggest which ones you should watch. For those of you who have been following the blog for a while, you will know that we recently started watching silent films, but
What makes cinema such a special medium is that no matter the language we can relate to a story. This week on our World Cinema journey we look back to Japan and to a masterpiece of a film and one that everyone who loves cinema needs to watch Yasujiro Ozu’s
Another week, another letter filled with horror films. This time out we move onto J and we are getting close to halfway through our list! This week we have an awful lot of under-appreciated or just plain forgotten horrors from years gone by, so let’s just get right into it!
On Mondays, we look back at 50 great science fiction films. So far we have looked back at Alien, The Thing and Sunshine. This time out we look at Duncan Jones 2009 debut feature, Moon. Synopsis Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of a three-year contract in solitude
Sundays are for silent cinema and we have encountered some classics as of late such as Lillian Gish’s The Mothering Heart and Buster Keaton’s The General, this time out we go to F.W. Murnau’s 1927 classic Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans. Synopsis A cheating husband (George O’Brien) is persuaded
On Saturdays, we pick the best (or worst) films to watch for that night. We do not go for some classic thoughtful film, oh no, no no, we go for the B-movie! So far we have come across The Blob, an Italian cannibal film and Rubber a sentient tyre that
On Fridays we look at films from elsewhere in the world and usually, we go for a film that is a tad older. This week however we are going very current, so we go to Pedro Costa unforgettable Vitalina Varela. Synopsis After multiple decades a Cape Verdean woman finally makes
This time out in our series of reviewing the highest-grossing film of every year since 1915 to present-day we reach 1922 and it’s top grosser Douglas Fairbanks classic, Robin Hood or in its full title Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (well he did produce, write and star in it, so
We finally come to the end of our trilogy through horror films that you should watch that begin with H, what a ride… With that said we have some classic horror films in the list today. Let’s get into it! Hush (2016) One of the standout reasons to love Hush
Last time out we had to skip 1919 as The Miracle Man is now a lost film so we moved onto 1920’s Way Down East. This time we head to an anti-war WWI film in 1921s highest-grossing film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Synopsis An Argentinian landowner Madariaga’s two
A true tour de force performance from Lillian Gish in one of DW Griffiths best two-reel films. Welcome to Silent Film Sunday! This week we are in for a short two-reel (under 25-minute film) as I was on a bit of a deep dive of trying to watch all of
Welcome back to another Saturday Night B-Movie review. Last time out we reviewed Rubber, a film about a sentient car tyre… Yep. This time out we lock at Irvin S Yeaworth Jr’s The Blob (1958). Synopsis When teenagers Steve Andrews (Steve McQueen) and Jane Martin (Aneta Corsaut) witness what they
Every Friday we venture into world cinema and this week we are heading back to Scandinavia and specifically to Sweden for Let the Right One In, a modern classic adaption of the book from the same name. Shall we? Synopsis Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) is a lonely boy dealing with the
This week should have been 1919. But alas the highest-grossing film of 1919 The Miracle Man has been lost to us and only 2 minutes of footage remains. It is a bit difficult to review that. So we have had to move on to 1920 and we are now officially
Welcome back to my series of effectively a massive list of horror films to watch. Last time out we got to the F’s in our ABC’s and now we move on to G! Fun times. Without further ado, here are 14 horror films to watch beginning with the letter g.
Every Monday we look back at a classic science fiction film. Last week we looked back at Ridley Scott’s influential Alien. Our second Monday of sci-fi films brings us to John Carpenters The Thing (1982). The Thing has resonated with me from an early age. I would have been around
Sundays are the perfect time to sit relax and watch something from back in the day. I am used to watching older films every Sunday with my dad and although they weren’t silent films (more Westerns, WW2 films or Roger Corman films). So, I thought it was best to look
A perfectly surreal experience that doesn’t feel the need to spoon-feed a story to you. Welcome back to another Saturday Night B-Movie review. Last time out we reviewed Umberto Lenzi’s cannibal film Eaten Alive! This time out we review Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber. A film about a homicidal car tire. Yep,
Last time out we looked back at Shoplifters. This week for we go to Norway and to the controversial film, Utøya: 22 July that asks the moral question, should a film show the events of a massacre? There will be a very select few films more difficult or harrowing to
We move onto 1918 in our series of reviewing the highest-grossing film of each year. Last week we looked at Cecil B DeMille’s and Mary Pickford’s A Romance of the Redwoods. This week we move onto Mickey starring Mabel Normand. Due to only just watching more silent films this is
Welcome back to my series of effectively a massive list of horror films to watch. Last time out we got to the E’s in our ABC’s and now we move on to F! Fun times. Without further ado, here are 13 horror films to watch beginning with the letter F.
Last week on Soundtrack Tuesday we looked back at the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. And Kaiju believe it we have gone bigger this week (sorry for the terrible pun). This week we look back at Bear McCreary’s soundtrack for Godzilla:
For the next 50 Mondays we are going to be looking back at 50 science fictions that I love or maybe have missed. To start us off I thought it would be apt to look back at one of the best ever and one of my favourite ever films, Ridley
Sundays are the perfect time to sit relax and watch something from back in the day. I am used to watching older films every Sunday with my dad and although they weren’t silent films (more Westerns, WW2 films or Roger Corman films). So, I thought it was best to look
Every Friday we will aim to show you some of our top choices in world cinema. This week we review Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters. For those who are still on a high from Parasite, then Shoplifters is the perfect film for you.A stunning Japanese drama that will captivate and ask the
Welcome back to our new series, where we take a look back at the highest-grossing films of each year. The last time out we reviewed the 1916 classic, Stuart Paton’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. This time we return to our old friend Mary Pickford and in one of only
Welcome back to my series of effectively a massive list of horror films to watch. Last time out we got to the D’s in our ABC’s and now we move on to E! Fun times. Without further ado, here are 10 horror films to watch beginning with the letter E.
Welcome to Soundtrack Tuesdays here at Upcoming on Screen. Every Tuesday we will review a soundtrack of a film in the past (hopefully we will get to review future soundtracks when films start coming out in cinemas again). But for now, we are going back in time. This week we
We return this week to carry on our look at pioneering actresses from the Silent era of film. Last week we wrote about Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford. Today we focus on a pioneer of Asian American acting in Anna May Wong and her performance in Piccadilly. You could be
I saw a tweet by the awesome Amy Smith that gave her congratulations to Elizabeth Moss for winning the 2021 Best Actress award at the Oscars for The Invisible Man. It was a downright funny tweet. But it made me think, three months into the year, what would win the
ARTICLE UPDATED An hour or so after John Krasinki postponed the release of A Quiet Place: Part 2. It has been announced that Fast and Furious 9 has been postponed until April 2nd 2021. Read the statement below: In our last post, we thought that films that F9 would be
With the Coronavirus causing havoc around the world, it has now become inevitable that films would be postponed from their original release date. After No Time To Die and Peter Rabbit 2 took measures to reschedule their release it is now John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place: Part 2 to take
It has been announced last week that the latest James Bond film No Time To Die has been postponed from the 2nd April until the 12th of November due to fears over how it will perform at the box office due to fears with the coronavirus. Today we look at
This month we are looking at female pioneers of the silent era. Last time out we started off with Lillian Gish and her masterpiece The Wind. Today we go to one of her best friends and the second winner of the Best Actress Academy Award Mary Pickford. Pickford was one
This month we will be looking at performances of pioneering actresses. Starting us off will be Lillian Gish who is known as being one of the pioneering actresses in the silent era of film. Instead of having a retrospective of her many films. We have chosen one specific film that
Welcome back to our new series, where we take a look back at the highest-grossing films of each year. Sadly for us last time out we had to talk about A Birth of a Nation, which was 1915’s highest-grossing film. Today we turn to Stuart Paton’s 20000 Leagues Under The
Welcome back to my series of effectively a massive list of horror films to watch. Last time out I did my A B C’s and now we move on to D! Fun times. Without further ado, here are 13 horror films to watch beginning with the letter D. Dark Water
Welcome to another edition of tales from a former cinema employee, today is a few tales about what it is like to be a manager or supervisor in a cinema. Sure you don’t have to do as much of the donkey work, but there are things you would trade down
With the opening weekend box office published, it has not been a kind weekend for Birds of Prey. Domestically it has grossed $33 million and internationally $48 million for a combined $81 million. No matter how you put it, this is poor and worrisome. I had mentioned in a previous
When I had the intention of writing a review of the highest-grossing films of a year, I thought that it would be a fun exercise into looking films of over 100 years ago and also, a pretty lengthy feature. It all seemed grand and then I followed through with the
Hello there! Apologies if this is all over the place, but I am running on two and a bit hours sleep and I had to get this all out of my head now! The Oscars threw up some wonderful surprises, but for the most part, it was what everyone expected.
Welcome to another edition of the tales of a former cinema employee, today we are going to talk about one of the most stressful jobs as a manager or supervisor and that is when you are given the duty of organising the weekly rota. Yes, it is that post. When
We are finally here, after what has felt like a million award shows, we are at the big one. For a lot of these categories, it feels like a foregone conclusion as almost all have gone the same way. Will that happen this time? Weirder things have happened in that
Welcome back to my series of effectively a massive list of horror films to watch. Last time out I wisely followed up A with B and now we come to C! Funny how that works! Without further ado, here are 13 horror films to watch beginning with the letter C.
Welcome back to another couple of stories from working in a cinema! Please have a look back at the previous posts about drunk customers, the food, turning away customers and of course when customers get a little too close… Today we are going to chat about the joys of the midweek day shift
February is almost upon us (or already upon us depending on when you are reading this) and that means that we have a whole new batch of film releases to look at this month. Again I have thinned it down a little as we do have quite a few to
Welcome back to my series of effectively a massive list of horror films to watch. Last time out I wisely started with the letter A, so it makes all the sense that today B would be next. Funny how that works! Without further ado, here are 13 horror films to
With news that Universal is going to delve into The Thing franchise again (wisely going to the books this time) I thought it was a good opportunity to revisit the wrongly maligned prequel to 1982s The Thing… poorly titled, The Thing. For the purposes of this article, I am going
I love a good horror film and thought that it would be a great idea to make a horror film list, but not just any horror film a list how about an ABC list? Granted this has become a lot more daunting than I imagined, but I think I have
The nominations are out and we will have a lot to talk about over the coming month, but first let’s just get our first reactions and compare to how I prediction yesterday. Spoiler I am furious at the snubs that have happened here… Shall we? Best Picture Ford v Ferrari,
It is time for the Oscars! Well, almost! With the nominations coming up we thought we would sneakily jump in with our predictions for some of the main categories (apologies to some of the other categories we just haven’t seen them yet, but when it comes to our predictions for
Welcome back to another part in our series of tales of working in a cinema. Today we want to talk about having to deal with drunk patrons in a cinema. Not the best situation for cinema staff if we are honest. Why you ask? Sometimes alcohol and films that last
2020 brings us many hopes and dreams and we will get into those soon, but for today, sadly we have to talk about the films that may struggle in cinemas. There are many and there are various reasons beyond “looks bad” so stick with us and see if you agree.
We recently looked at how close Prometheus came to being a classic science fiction film and had a few solutions on what needed or could have been done to make it a truly great film. In this occasion of Backseat writer, we are looking at Alien: Covenant. Which sadly needs
It has been an issue for years now, but for the majority of the time, trailers for upcoming films have been an utter shambles. There are a lot of gripes about them nowadays and almost once a week a poor trailer is released. Today we are going to talk about
In this series, we will be looking at films that if some things were changed then it could have been a truly great piece of cinema. First up was a film that I was so excited for and although I went home happy as I was willing and able to
Welcome to a new month, a new year and a new decade of cinema. Will any of these films be remembered 10 years from now? Who knows, but we have some Oscar contenders to look at as we stride further into awards season. Let’s have a look at what’s out
10 years is a long time and on occasion, there are films that simply slip by and get forgotten. So, welcome to a list of 9 films that you may have missed and are more than worthy of a watch as we end this decade and start a nice fresh
Hello again! Today is a return to the tales of an ex cinema employee series. You. Are. Welcome. We have gone through the world of people getting intimate in a cinema screen and a brief dip into the world of food in a cinema. This time I will tell you
Amy Adams stars in the thriller The Woman in the Window, not a remake of Fritz Langs film, but an adaption of A.J. Finn’s book of the same name. The film tells the tale of Anna, an agoraphobic developmental psychologist who ends up in the middle of a potential crime
Whether Disney would like to admit it or not, it has a problem and it is not in a galaxy far far away as they would wish. Star Wars is causing and in fact, has been causing them issues for a while now. Constantly replacing their directors and creative teams
A Quiet Place was an undeniable hit and in truth was robbed of some well-deserved award nominations during the last awards season. This teaser was playing in front of Black Christmas, so some poor versions of it were online. Now we get a nice and clear look at it. Yay!
First-time director Rose Glass’ first trailer for her psychological horror Saint Maud was released today and we have some thoughts about it. Saint Maud follows a newly devout hospice nurse (Morfydd Clark) as she begins to become obsessed with saving a dying patient’s (Jennifer Ehle) soul from Hell. But in doing
Harvey Weinstein spoke before his trial stating that he feels as if he is the forgotten man in the history of cinema because he gave actresses and female directors their first shots in Hollywood. Our response and what everyone’s response should be to this? Diddums.
The first trailer for Top Gun was, I think what everyone wanted and needed. It was a throwback, sure. But a good one. You can read my breakdown here of that trailer. But for now, we have a new trailer and except is increasing. Even if we are 6 months
This weekend saw a very big opening for Jumanji, strong holds throughout the top ten and two well below par openings. Let’s have a closer look. Jumanji: The Next Level – $60,100,100 Jumanji: The Next Level opened a full $24 million more than Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is
Welcome back to another part of my series where I talk about my experiences of working in a cinema. Last time I told you about when customers forget where they are. This week it is the turn of food to be highlighted, I promise not to be as gross this
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Working in a retail/entertainment sector is not easy and working in a cinema can be even more trying to your mind, body, and soul. My last cinema job was nice, so I won’t mention anything from that one… Yet, but I thought it would