All posts by Jim Ross

Jim has written about film since freelance since 2010, and is a co-founder and the Managing Editor of TAKE ONE Magazine. From 2011-2014 he was a regular co-host of Cambridge 105FM's film review show. Since moving back to Edinburgh he is a regular review and debate contributor on EH-FM radio's Cinetopia film show. He has worked on the submissions panel at Cambridge Film Festival and Edinburgh Short Film Festival, hosted Q&As there and at Edinburgh's Africa In Motion, and is a former Deputy Director of Cambridge African Film Festival. He is Scottish, which you would easily guess from his accent.

Luxor

With a delicate and naturalistic performance at the centre from Andrea Riseborough, Zeina Durra’s LUXOR succeeds at painting a portrait of one of life’s pauses for thought; one of the strange stasis and emotions that develop when contemplating one’s life in a once-familiar place. Jim Ross reviews the Sundance selection.

Waves

WAVES is a film shot and choreographed with style. However, its attempts to also add depth fail and result in a transparent surface layer of appropriated trauma. Jim Ross reviews.

1917

Although 1917’s engagement levels can dip between set pieces, the skill of Mendes’ collaborators elevates it to something a little more than the marketing hooks would imply, even if technical prowess still dominates the emotions of the characters. Jim Ross reviews.

Jojo Rabbit

JOJO RABBIT describes itself, confusingly, as an anti-hate satire – implying that it stands against some sort of pro-hate satire. Nevertheless, if any filmmaker has the offbeat sensibility to successfully create a comedic film where a Hitler Youth has an imaginary friend in the form of Adolf Hitler, then Taika Waititi might pull it off. … Continue reading Jojo Rabbit