Frost on Film: The Personal History of David Copperfield

With his latest directorial instalment, Armando Iannucci has attempted to transform Charles Dickens’ masterpiece David Copperfield into a satirical affair which discusses contemporary social issues. The results are mixed as there are moments of genuine warmth throughout, but there are equally numerous occasions when jokes fall flat and twists in the plot fail to create the level of emotional outpouring one would have expected. Iannucci’s unique style is partially to blame for this as his ironic humour, which had elevated The Death of Stalin so brilliantly, in this instance limits the emotional heft of the source material. Continue reading Frost on Film: The Personal History of David Copperfield

Frost on Film: Knives Out

A Who-Dun-It for the Modern Age It’s fair to say that Rian Johnson has not had the easiest last few years. Before December 2017 Johnson was no doubt in dreamland, having been given the opportunity to write and direct the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. However, following its release an onslaught of polarising feedback permeated social media … Continue reading Frost on Film: Knives Out

Frost on Film: Le Mans ’66

In some ways James Mangold’s latest directorial outing is a rare breed as we are not often treated to films about racing cars and the drivers inside. Since the release of Rush in 2013, there hasn’t been anything particularly comparable in cinemas, that is, until now. Le Mans ’66 serves almost as the spiritual cousin to Rush, delivering exhilaration, excitement and energy in spades, tracing the story of two men who fought to beat the odds and win an acclaimed international racing marathon. Continue reading Frost on Film: Le Mans ’66

Frost on Film: The Cliff’s Edge- Thelma & Louise’s finale and its influences

By 1991, director Ridley Scott was well accustomed to taking risks and yet, even for him, the finale of Thelma & Louise proved to be an outlandish proposition so immediate and surprising that its cultural impact can still be viewed today. The image of two women screaming jovially in the front seats of a convertible as they freefall off a cliff is an unforgettable one. At the time, this ending was a huge risk but it payed off considerably as Thelma & Louise became one of Scott’s biggest critical successes, earning him his first Oscar nomination for Best Director. It has also cemented Thelma and Louise’s place as cultural icons of feminist cinema. Continue reading Frost on Film: The Cliff’s Edge- Thelma & Louise’s finale and its influences

Frost on Film: Ad Astra

A Mesmerising Journey to the Stars

Over the last ten years or so there has been a renaissance in science fiction. Ever since the 1969 moon landing the topic of space travel had slowly begun to die out. That was until Gravity changed the game, once again using outer space as a centrepiece for storytelling. Since then, other films like Interstellar and First Man have followed in its footsteps, striving to make interplanetary travel seem more real by pushing the boundaries of CGI realism. However, amidst all this technological brilliance, Ad Astra takes a step further into the unknown by making the commodification of space travel appear ordinary. Continue reading Frost on Film: Ad Astra

Frost on Film: Tarantino’s Greatest Scenes

‘I think this just might be my masterpiece’
A look at some of Tarantino’s greatest scenes

When Quentin Tarantino puts pen to paper, something special is never very far away. Over the course of his directorial career, Tarantino has written some of the most iconic dialogue ever put to screen and with the release of his new film – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – the promise of some juicy exchanges seems like a given. Continue reading Frost on Film: Tarantino’s Greatest Scenes

Frost on Film: Capernaum

At the Oscars this year the Best Foreign Film category was stacked with many outstanding masterworks, from Roma to Cold War. Yet it could be argued that Capernaum is the best of them all as it is unquestionably one of the best films released in the last year. It paraded around the film festival circuit and won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival which is an impressive achievement. Continue reading Frost on Film: Capernaum

Frost On Film: Green Book

Never a Dull Moment At face value, Green Book sounds extremely formulaic and predictable. It is story about two mismatched men forced together by necessity rather than choice, who gradually become close friends. Add into the mix the over-trodden turf of the road trip as the method in which these two men become close, and it seems the film is destined for mediocrity. The fact that … Continue reading Frost On Film: Green Book

Frost on Film: Glass

An Underwhelming Finale In 2016 Split was released and received good reviews, seemingly placing M. Night Shyamalan’s directorial career back on track, following a rather dire succession of releases. However, while the tale boasted a fascinating killer at its centre suffering from multiple personality disorder, what drew more attention was the end of the film. In its final moments, Split revealed an aged Bruce Willis … Continue reading Frost on Film: Glass