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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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Moffie (Film Review): Heavy Themes in Apartheid War Romance

Analysing racism and homophobia in 1980s South Africa, Moffie is necessarily difficult viewing and on occasion surprisingly beautiful.

Rūrangi (BFI Flare Review): Celebrating Trans Representation

One of the finest and most memorable films of the year so far, Rūrangi is a textbook guide on how to create a compelling drama.

Cowboys: An Intelligent Portrayal of Transgenderism (BFI Flare Review)

Well-intentioned and heartfelt, Cowboys ultimately takes on too many genres and tones, which leaves it feeling slightly misdirected.

Jump, Darling: Gloriously Funny, Seriously Touching (BFI Flare Review)

Simultaneously dazzling and poignant, Jump, Darling is a terrific drama with star turns from Thomas Duplessie and the late Cloris Leachman.

The Banishing: Formulaic Haunted House Horror (Review)

The Banishing offers very little new or revolutionary, but remains relatively enjoyable and features impressive performances and sumptuous production design.

Duel (Review): You’ll Never Drive On The Road Again

Duel is one hell of a ride and Spielberg at his finest – playful, refined and above all else, entertaining.

Back to the Wharf Values Density Over Simplicity (GFF Review)

Back to the Wharf’s basic premise is intriguing and potentially powerful but it becomes cluttered with odd directorial, design and writing choices.

Gunda (Glasgow Review): The Secret Life of Pigs

Startling in its intimacy and measured in its pacing, Gunda is a one-of-a-kind nature documentary which serves as an abrupt but much-needed wake-up call to humanity.

Ham on Rye: A Fresh Take on the Coming-of-age Genre (Review)

Ham on Rye takes a genre as old as time and adds a new and unique direction to it, marking director Tyler Taormina as one to watch.

Casino: Scorsese’s Occasionally Overlooked Masterpiece (Review)

Highly regarded but sometimes momentarily forgotten, Casino is still one of Martin Scorsese’s crowning achievements.