Straight Outta Compton.

In the late 80s and early 90s, rap group N.W.A. were busy changing the hip-hop landscape. The Californian group brought truth and reality to their work which unsettled many due to what was perceived as the glorification of violence, drugs, promiscuity and gang culture. Straight Outta Compton is their Ray, their Bird, their Walk the Line. … Continue reading

Selma.

  I am a big fan of sarcasm. That’s why at this year’s Golden Globe Awards my favourite joke came from Tina Fey. When introducing each film the hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, have a witty and controversial anecdote prepared. When Selma was brought to light, Fey stated “…the movie Selma is about the … Continue reading

Giant.

Set against the dusty backdrop of Texas, Giant spans over 25 years and 200 minutes. It is an extravagant tale about identity, race, pride and the dawn of the age of oil. Giant follows stubborn and determined Texan rancher Bick Benedict as the industry he loves gradually deteriorates whilst oil drilling rises. After Bick marries the strong-willed, and equally … Continue reading

To Kill a Mockingbird.

  Remaining loyal to a book is a braver feat than we may automatically presume. Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is the latest adaptation of a piece of classic American literature and he has been both criticised and commended for his personal take on one of America’s most beloved novels. It seems, these days, many film makers are … Continue reading