Author Archives: Sam Sewell-Peterson

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.

Looking Back and Looking Forward: 2010-2019

We never did decide on a name for this decade that didn’t sound completely stupid did we? Thank goodness for the insight and escapism that cinema offers because the world has been heading for disaster at an alarming rate as … Continue reading

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Review: Parasite (2019)

I fell in love with the genre-hopping, tonally-tromboning work of South Korean firebrand Bong Joon-ho at university and ended up writing my dissertation on how his films represent fractured families and Korean culture. I’ve been waiting for PARASITE for what … Continue reading

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Bad Boys for Life (2020) Review

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Review in Brief: Atlantics (2019)

I didn’t know what to expect from ATLANTICS. You’re drawn in with a social realist take but what stays with you is the magical realism that comes into this Senegalese story’s second half. Construction worker Souleiman (Traore) protests against unpaid … Continue reading

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Review: Little Women (2019)

There have been plenty of reviews by men that open with “I haven’t read the book but…” and I’m unfortunately going to have to add to that pile. It’s not deliberate ignorance, it’s just a classic I’ve just never gotten … Continue reading

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Review: Cats (2019)

I’m not trying to offend anyone who genuinely enjoys Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash hit musical – I like some strange things too – but I personally found CATS on stage unbearable. Even the better songs on the soundtrack just cling … Continue reading

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1917 (2019) Review

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Review in Brief: For Sama (2019)

How to you begin to describe FOR SAMA? You don’t – you tell others to watch it. It’s not just a documentary, but a chronicle of a remarkable life in the most tragic of circumstances, an important socio-historical document and … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Two Popes (2019)

THE TWO POPES works for the same reason that THE CROWN on TV works – it treats icons as people, brings them down to the level of the rest of us normal folks. The transition from Pope Benedict to Francis … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Nightingale (2018/19)

THE NIGHTINGALE is a gruelling and relentlessly bleak watch, but it’s compelling stuff nonetheless. Jennifer Kent followed up her fascinatingly unique genre debut THE BABADOOK with a dark, raw and grounded historical epic. There’s a captivating core relationship dynamic: an … Continue reading

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