Oscar Nominations 2021: A Year of Firsts

The past year has by no means been easy. As a society we have been asked to stay at home, witnessed injustice, protested and seen governments change, all whilst trying to tackle an international pandemic. However, the film industry has also seen a lot of change, which is evident in this year’s Academy Award nominees. […]

Cult Column

Cult Column: The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’ novel series, made me realise something deeply disturbing about the Contemporary Movie Viewer. The premise of the film, wherein a cannibal helps a young FBI cadet capture a serial killer who skins his victims and sews their skin together, sparked an avalanche of outrage from […]

Film Reviews

The Two Popes

As one of the most surprisingly affecting films in recent memory, The Two Popes centres on a key historic event – the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI – while delivering an emotional and heartfelt story about friendship. Let’s start with the film’s central performances by Jonathan Pryce (Pope Francis) and Anthony Hopkins (Pope Benedict XVI). […]