Author Archives: Christian Robshaw

Theo and Hugo – New Release Review

Théo and Hugo, two young gay men, meet in a Paris club, have sex, and fall in love then and there. On their way home between the hours of 0427 and 0559 Hugo discovers, much to his consternation, that Théo wasn’t using a condom, while Théo discovers much to his consternation that Hugo is HIV-positive. […]

The Brother – New Release Review

Meet Adam Diamond (no, really). His father is disappointingly not named Simon but rather Jack, which is conceivably a pun on the Jack of Diamonds, though we might expect the patriarch to be the King of Diamonds. In any case, Jack in his day was one of London’s proper villains, selling guns to other proper […]

FrightFest reviews: Day Five

Traditionally, the fifth day is when festival fatigue starts to set in. When the final film for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights can begin as late as 2355, it means that, by the time it’s finished and you’ve taken public transport from Shepherd’s Bush to Islington, walked home, brushed your teeth, undressed, et cetera, […]

FrightFest reviews: Day Four

Short Film Showcase Two The second of the short film showcases was really something astonishing to behold; I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a brilliantly-curated programme of shorts. It started off in stylish yet not entirely convincing fashion with “Francois”, before hitting its stride with “No Touching”, a Buffy-recalling short built around the inimitable […]

FrightFest reviews: Day Three

For the most part, Saturday was the big day for this year’s FrightFest, which is exactly what you might expect. Several of the most anticipated screenings of the festival took place and, for those who were unable to book five days off from work to watch horror films, it was also the most practical day […]

FrightFest reviews: Day Two

The Chamber Day Two of FrightFest kicked off, for me at least, with The Chamber, an entry in the “trapped” subgenre that also includes Open Water, Adrift, Frozen, and Landmine Goes Click. In all of these films, a small group of people begin to turn on each other as their nerves become frayed by the […]

FrightFest reviews: Day One

For the third year running, your correspondent has braved FrightFest, a festival of horror films taking place over five days in Central London. This year it was particularly brave of me as, instead of the familiar Leicester Square of previous fests, it was held in the Shepherd’s Bush Vue, which meant my journey required changing […]

A Dozen Summers – New Release Review

We are being prepared for a children’s adventure film by a Narrator (Colin Baker), his voice exactly as full of wonderment and enthusiasm as we might expect, when he finds himself interrupted. “Are you filming children?” asks a voice, off-camera. It belongs to one of two twins, Daisy and Maisie McCormack, played by real-life sisters […]

11.22.63 – New Release Review

Going back in time never seems to end well, does it? Step on a butterfly in the course of your innocent Tyrannosaurus hunting, and you might find that Trump is polling exceptionally well in the present. Try killing Hitler, and you find that living a life of constant assassination attempts caused a mild-mannered painter to […]

Now You See Me 2 – Review

Cast your mind back to Summer, 2013, if you can. “Blurred Lines” was on the radio, Andy Murray had just won Wimbledon for the first time, and you might have popped along to the multiplex to catch Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Monsters University or maybe Now You See Me. Is it coming back to […]