The Problem with the Role of ‘The Wife’ in Movies like ‘Dark Waters’ – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

The Problem with the Role of ‘The Wife’ in Movies like ‘Dark Waters’ – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

‘‘Don’t talk to me like I’m the wife,’ Sarah Billot (Anne Hathaway) says towards the end of Todd Hayne’s latest film Dark Waters. Until now, she’s had a few scenes complaining that her husband, Rob (Mark Ruffalo), hasn’t picked up granite samples on his way home from work, telling Rob’s boss that she used to [...]

It’s Time to Talk About Marielle Heller – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

It’s Time to Talk About Marielle Heller – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'On the 13th January, Issa Rae, the creator and star of HBO’s Insecure, announced the directing nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards. ‘Congratulations to those men,’ Rae jibed as the names of the depressing all-male line-up loitered on the screen. Moments like this have appeared more frequently over the past few years. At the Oscars [...]

Review: Bombshell – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Review: Bombshell – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'Does it refer to the huge news story? So gigantic it exploded onto the 24-hour news cycle in 2016, dominating the conversation for weeks. Or maybe it means the striking skinny blond newscasters who delivered that story on Fox News? The film’s title, Bombshell, isn’t the only thing that’s hard to pin down in this fictionalised retelling of the [...]

Sorry We Missed You: Film and The North – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Sorry We Missed You: Film and The North – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'The North of England is largely misunderstood by those that don’t live here. The thrill of hearing a Northern accent on a night out, the obsession with gravy, and the ‘correct’ word for your evening meal are all points of fascination and humour to those who didn’t grow up above Birmingham. Over in Hollywood, that [...]

Too Awkward For Love: Understanding The British Romantic Comedy – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Too Awkward For Love: Understanding The British Romantic Comedy – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

‘[R]om coms will never die THEY WILL JUST EVOLVE INTO NEW FORMS,’ one Twitter user wrote in response to series of Tik Tok videos playing out a queer romantic fantasy. It’s true, no other genre has endured the declaration it’s dead and born again as many times at the romantic comedy. It’s withered on the vine and flourished, it’s [...]

Review: The Farewell – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Review: The Farewell – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

The Farewell Awkwafina ‘Based on a true story’ are words even the most casual of movie-goers will recognise. They’re almost in-built into the DNA of modern filmmaking, no matter how loosely they’re used. Lulu Wang’s second feature The Farewell, however, announces it’s ‘based on an actual lie’.  You can read the full review here.

Is Queer Autobiographical Cinema Subtly Political? – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

Is Queer Autobiographical Cinema Subtly Political? – ‘Big Picture Film Club’

'‘It’s about my inability to love… but I’m fine now,’ says Benjamin, the titular filmmaker at the heart of queer comedian Simon Amstell’s latest film. It’s a film about intimacy and it’s challenges, about pressure and it’s ramifications, and it finds itself in an interesting position. It’s at the intersection between two genres; autobiographical cinema [...]

‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are? – ‘Storyhouse’

‘Pain and Glory’: What makes us who we are? – ‘Storyhouse’

'In Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest feature, there is a moment during a flashback scene that I distinctly recognised. A young boy sees a grown man naked for the first time. Eduardo (César Vincente) is a truly beautiful man, with delicate features and deep brown eyes, who has been helping the family fix up [...]

Letting the Vines Snap: On Animals (2019) and Friendship – ‘Sundance London’

Letting the Vines Snap: On Animals (2019) and Friendship – ‘Sundance London’

“Maybe that’s why we fuck things up – so that peace, when it comes, feels like enough.' - Animals, Emma Jane Unsworth Through my early twenties, I had a best friend. We were in a bigger group of seven but as part of an unspoken rule we were each other’s ‘emotional support’. Our group was [...]