Category: Reviews

20FOUR FRAMES is made up of enthusiastic University of East London students, who are passionate about all things film.

In this section, you’ll find our reviews of events, venues and of course movies, both old and new, blockbuster and independent.

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LFF Review: Suffragette (Sarah Gavron, 2015, UK)

Of course, it was beautifully shot, historically accurate, well written and well-acted. Why then did I not come out with that chilling feeling which confirms I just watched the outstanding drama of the season?


One Frame Review: Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro, 2013, USA)

 (Poster by Linda Hordijk)

A Beautiful Bombastic Brawl

A reference-based review – Imagine if every Power Ranger and their Zords had been injected with high-grade steroids and placed into a dystopian near-future where Godzilla and his lizard/crocodile/hammerhead shark mates are busting through an Avengers/Doctor Who rift in space-time, forcing the construction of supersize robots piloted by teams of two humans each, defending Earth on the coasts and shorelines in action scenes that Transformers only dreams it could imitate.

Written by Peter deGraft-Johnson, Editor

One Frame Review: Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977, Italy)

Suspiria poster

Thrillingly Unsettling

The pervasive wrongness and pointed misuse of “textbook” filmmaking styles in this film make its unsettling nature so eerie, lasting, and incredible to enjoy and experience. The neon fluorescence of the palette should be out-of-place in a horror, the first death scene is harrowing, and harrowingly early in the film, along with being suitably extreme. The sound mixing twists serene and hypnotic melodies into sharp and piercing soundtracks for dialogue built on double meaning and knowledge that the mere observer is refused. It’s like we’re not in the joke, and the longer the awkward tension builds, the more we’re not sure whether to laugh or be appalled. The scenes are played so that the viewer is restricted to observing at a distance, powerlessly swept through the film by Argento’s fluid and sweeping viewpoint camerawork.

Written by Peter deGraft-Johnson, Editor