Tag Archives: Historical Drama

Review in Brief: The Last Duel (2021)

Ridley Scott still does this kind of thing incredibly well. In a brutal and unflinching story, Lady Marguerite de Carrouges (Jodie Comer) accuses Jacques Le Gris (Adam Dtiver) of rape, causing her husband Sir Jean (Matt Damon) to call for … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Reckoning (2020)

It’s hard to put your finger exactly on what went wrong with THE RECKONING. It’s director Neil Marshall firmly back in his comfort zone, hybridising horror with another well-trod genre (in this case a historical witchfinder film) and he still … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Ammonite (2020)

AMMONITE is a labour-intensive, impeccably detailed and tender film, the second from tactile master Francis Lee. This is a story of passions, of the agony of being starved of them, of being kept from them. Direct comparisons to PORTRAIT OF … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: The Dig (2021)

If it wasn’t on Netflix, THE DIG would be destined for Sunday afternoon TV circulation in perpetuity. That’s not to disparage the craft and passion that went into it, from Simon Stone’s steady direction to Mike Eley’s pristine cinematography and … Continue reading

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True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) Review

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Review: Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

Well this was absolutely sensational. It was also the final film I saw in the cinema before Coronavirus closed them (cheery thought). PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is sensual, appropriately painterly and with a huge heart. Love stories are … 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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Chernobyl: Audience Adulation vs Critical Consenus

According to the IMDb, HBO/Sky’s miniseries CHERNOBYL is now the most critically acclaimed TV show of all time. It’s in all the trailers now: “9.6/10”. This does not matter. I’m not one of those “who cares what the critics think?” … Continue reading

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Review: The Favourite (2018)

Queen Anne is a British monarch often overlooked, dismissed, forgotten. I’m into my history and I would have struggled to tell you much about her reign before watching THE FAVOURITE. The film isn’t a history lesson, that’s not what writer-director … Continue reading

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Review in Brief: Outlaw King (2018)

Don’t compare OUTLAW KING to BRAVEHEART, compare it to IRONCLAD. This is brutal, dirty history, and there’s not a kilt in sight. Chris Pine is a softly spoken and dignified Robert the Bruce, Florence Pugh is a fiery counterpoint to … Continue reading

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