What I’ve Been Watching in April: Films Involving This Year’s Oscar Nominees

In this latest edition of ‘What I’ve Been Watching’, I highlight five films starring or directed by a few of the people nominated at the latest Academy Awards.

‘Shiva Baby’ Review: Simultaneously Entertaining and Stressful Viewing

A fine tonal juxtaposition, a breakout turn for Rachel Sennott, and an enthralling unveiling of Seligman’s writing and directorial talents, it will be difficult to find a movie that is as simultaneously stressful and thrilling as this one in 2021.

What I’ve Been Watching in March: Japanese Cinema – Five Highlights

Having delved into Japanese cinema over the past month, I spotlight five highly impressive films from the nation, ranging from historical dramas to psychological horror.

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ Review: Disney Animation Studio’s Scintillating Showcase of Southeast Asian Cultures and Female Companionship

Brimming with sumptuous visuals, presenting a stimulating mythology built upon East Asian cultural facets, showcasing a vibrant and very likeable set of characters superbly voiced by the cast, and promoting a valuable message to a young audience, Raya and the Last Dragon ticks almost all the boxes when it comes to family entertainment.

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Review: An Absorbing Biographical Drama with Memorable Turns from its Cast

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ serves as an enthralling illustration of the complex dynamics apparent in a revolutionary organisation’s struggle against oppression.

‘It’s a Sin’ Review: Russell T Davies’s Channel 4 Drama is a Vibrant and Sincere Depiction of the HIV/AIDS Crisis in 1980s Britain

Writer and creator Russell T Davies neither downplays the topic of the HIV/AIDS crisis nor indulges in excessive sentimentality, and ends up creating a show that is simultaneously thoroughly entertaining and extremely moving.