William Stottor

For many years my phone alarm was set to the opening theme of Taxi Driver, which is unsurprisingly a very dramatic and rather dark way to wake up. It was just one way for me to experience the wonderful world of film and more specifically scores and soundtracks, a passion that was ignited when I was just a teenager seeing Danny Boyle’s Sunshine in the cinema for the first time. Watching films is a huge part of my life and I am in a constant battle with my ever-growing watchlist.

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Mr Malcolm’s List (Review): Sharp, Hilarious Period Comedy

Mr Malcolm’s List might be drenched in predictability, but its diverse cast, sweet romance and comedic zing give this Jane Austen-style story a much-needed edge.

Luzzu (Film Review): Tradition Versus Modernisation

A traditional fisherman’s trade in Malta is threatened by commercialism and trawlers in Luzzu, Alex Camilleri’s perfectly constructed neorealist drama.

Where Is Anne Frank (Film Review): Magical Retelling of History

Ari Folman’s well-meaning Where Is Anne Frank will work as an educational tool for children but struggles to feel complete or effective as a feature film.

El Gran Movimiento (Review): A City in Flux

Kiro Russo captures a tormented, changing La Paz in his latest film, El Gran Movimiento, with Antonioni-esque style and mesmerising results.

Medusa (Film Review): Modernised Mythology in Brazil

Religious fanaticism and oppressive masculinity hang heavy over Anita Rocha da Silveira’s visually resplendent and…

The Quiet Girl (Film Review): An Exquisite, Delicate Drama

Colm Bairéad’s The Quiet Girl is one of 2022’s best films so far, thanks to its moving narrative, perfectly realised performances and evocative cinematography.

Wayfinder (Review): A Mystical Journey Through England

In his first feature film Wayfinder, British-Ghanaian artist Larry Achiampong hypnotises with his epic, beautiful and challenging account of England.

Mondocane (Film Review): A Dirty Dystopian Thriller

Drawing on franchises such as Mad Max, Mondocane ’s impressive worldbuilding and engaging story stand out even amongst its lack of originality and innovation.

Blue Velvet (Review): David Lynch’s Mercurial Masterpiece

One of the defining films of the 1980s, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet is a deranged, terrifying masterwork of exquisite visual prowess and controversial subject matter.

The Terminal (Film Review): A Soaring Feel-Good Drama

Spielberg’s airport-based, slapstick-style The Terminal is cheesy, saccharine, simplistic – and it’s absolutely wonderful.