Author Archives: Vicky Unwin

The Farewell

Lulu Wang’s film is extraordinary on many levels. Too Asian to get US funding; not American enough with no American characters to get Chinese funding (Crazy Rich Asians bombed in China). Wang had difficulty getting funding until Christopher Weisz came along. But she stuck to her guns in this autobiographical cross-cultural story about a Chinese American […]

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Love him or hate him: Tarantino is marmite. On the whole I love him; the violence is so stylised I can’t take it seriously: I particularly admire Pulp Fiction (obviously!)  Django Unchained and  Inglorious Basterds.

Brad Pitt (L) and Leonardo DiCaprio
credit: Andrew Cooper/Sony Pictures

The trailer for this movie made my mouth water in anticipation […]


If you loved Ritesh Batra’s  Lunch Box you should seek this film out, despite the lukewarm reviews. Both revolve around unlikely romances: in the utterly charming  Lunchbox it’s between the tiffin (lunchbox) man and an unhappy housewife, and here in  Photograph between a low-caste Muslim photographer and a middle-class Hindu student.

Rafi (Nawazuddin Siddiqui, also in  Lunchbox) plies his trade at […]


I find it hard to take horror movies seriously and this is no exception. Highly-rated by several esteemed critics and slated by others, I am prepared for anything.

At one level it’s a story of a relationship break-up. Dani (Florence Pugh) and her anthropologist boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor) are struggling. She is addicted to anti-depressants, and […]

The Current War

To me AC/DC is a world-famous band. I can’t even tell you without checking Wikipedia that they also stand for alternating and direct current respectively. That’s how au fait I am in the subject matter of  The Current War.

This film is about the all-out competition between Thomas Edison, the renowned inventor, and George Westinghouse, the gas […]

Apollo 11

This is the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and there will be no end of documentaries and dramas to celebrate it. I suspect this will be the film to beat.

Todd Douglas Miller has trawled through the NASA archives covering 11,000 hours of film that have been hidden away since 1969. The results of […]


The big question for me in a film where the music takes centre stage is whether the star really sings and plays? Let me reassure you that 28 year-old EastEnders actor Himesh Patel did indeed. His audition was to play a Coldplay song, and he chose the lesser-known We Never Change– and bingo! Nevertheless he had to learn […]

Gloria Bell

Two films starring middle-aged women in a row! And, I’m sad to report, this is another disappointment. It is an almost scene-for-scene re-make, so I’m told as I didn’t see the original, of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s 2013 film of the same name. This time Julianne Moore who stars was also executive producer.

For me it’s […]

Late Night

As my loyal readers will know I rarely see romcoms as they’re not my thing. In this case I make an exception as I am a sneaky admirer of Emma Thompson, with the proviso that she’s always playing herself. The clipped received pronunciation, the squiffy mouth (like mine, perhaps that the main reason I like […]


I suppose I should have known this was going to be a huge disappointment. Both Elton and his husband David Furnish were involved in the production, so it could never be truly objective. In truth I was never a real Eton John fan – something we discussed after seeing the film – as few of […]