Leslie Byron Pitt

Leslie Byron Pitt

Leslie Byron Pitt is a film blogger, podcast host, and aspiring amateur photographer, who works in interior sales.He’s currently working on building his portfolio of works.Leslie studied Film and Video Production at Bucks New University (formerly BCUC). He lives in the home countries.
Review: Victoria

Review: Victoria

Review by Jack Deslandes Filmed entirely in one take, Victoria is a roller coaster ride of nail-biting tension and heart-stopping suspense that, if you make it through, will leave you bitter, cold, and gasping for breath. The story takes place between the hours of 4 and 6 am as it...

DVD Review: Heartless

DVD Review: Heartless

Review by Leslie Byron Pitt Scandinavian fiction has gained a significant amount of attention over the last few years. With good reason too. Whether it's film or television, there’s been an abundance of mature, adult drama. Be it critiques on masculinity such as the 2014 feature Force Majeure, or the...

Blu-Ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator

Blu-Ray Review: Bride of Re-Animator

Written by Leslie Byron Pitt It’s still hard to imagine that there were financiers who were willing to take a chance on a horror film like Re-Animator. This is meant favourably, as the 1985 Stuart Gordon film is the type of deranged cult classic that would manipulate young minds into...

DVD Review: Hitchcock/Truffaut

DVD Review: Hitchcock/Truffaut

Written by Leslie Byron Pitt/@Afrofilmviewer Kent Jones’s pithy and informative documentary; Hitchcock/Truffaut is released via home format, soon after film critics and viewers alike, have been in remembrance of Roger Ebert’s passing three short years ago. Hitchcock/Truffaut is also finding its way to homes not soon since the dying down...

Review: The Passing

Review: The Passing

Written by Ellery Nick Escaping into the Welsh wilderness, a young couple takes a wrong turn in their car and ends up nose first in a stream. As luck with have it, the crash is heard by the only man for miles around who hurries to lend a hand. But...

Blu-ray Review: Black Mama White Mama

Blu-ray Review: Black Mama White Mama

Review by Leslie Byron Pitt/@Afrofilmviewer Very much a cult curiosity, Black Mama White Mama condenses a truck load of plotting into what is effectively an exploitation chase flick. The results vary. While it’s fun to see a film which heavily influenced Quentin Tarantino, the film is so interested in stuffing...

Review: Martyrs (2016)

Review: Martyrs (2016)

By Leslie Byron Pitt/@afrofilmviewer The French original 2008 version of Martyrs is reminiscent of the delightful internet meme: Honey Badger don’t care. It is a relentless beast of a horror film. Fully assured of its nihilism and unrepentant on who knows it.  A force of nature that wasn’t for everyone,...

Review – The Night Before

Review – The Night Before

By Leslie Byron Pitt/@Afrofilmviewer Seth Rogan’s Christmas comedy the night before runs on a very defined “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” rule. This adult x-mas yarn has Rogan playing side kick (along with Anthony Mackie) to Joseph Gorden-Levitt’s Ethan, whose quest to find and enjoy New York’s dopest...

Review: Midnight Special

Review: Midnight Special

Review by Leslie Byron Pitt/@Afrofilmviewer The TV plays and we hear of a kidnapped boy (Jaeden Lieberher). We see a faded image of the kidnapper (Michael Shannon), then we see the man himself. He says little, but his expression speaks emphatically.  Quietly intense and driven. The boy is sitting on...

Review: Waking Life – Blu-Ray

Review: Waking Life – Blu-Ray

By Leslie Byron Pitt/@Afrofilmviewer This writer remembers trying awkwardly to impress an ex with Waking Life. Much like what one hears about David Forster Wallace’s Infinite Jest or Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue (1986), Waking Life does feel like one of those features that certain inelegant young (male) students would use...

Review: Extraction – DVD

Review: Extraction – DVD

By Michael McNulty Extraction could not have been more appropriately titled. Like having all four of your molars pulled at once it requires a general anesthetic to get you through it. As unimaginative as that was, it’s on a level with the quality of this film. Former CIA operative Leonard...

Migration in focus at Berlin Film Festival 

Migration in focus at Berlin Film Festival 

by Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada “The Right to Happiness”, this year’s Berlinale motto, is clearly linked to the one most talked about topic in the German media this year: Refugees. Donation boxes for the Berlin Centre for Torture Victims in every cinema, various programmes to help refugees in Berlin, from free...

Berlin Film Festival: Chi-Raq – Review

Berlin Film Festival: Chi-Raq – Review

Reviewed by Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada Spike Lee's latest, the hip-hop musical Chi-Raq, re-interprets the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes: Lystistrata is a beautiful woman who helps end a war by convincing every woman in town to go on a sex-strike until the men stop battling and sign a peace...

Chronic : Film Review

Chronic : Film Review

Review by Adam Turner/@AdamTurnerPR Happy, uplifting and easy-watching Chronic is not. In fact, It's more like being drenched by a cannon loaded with misery. However, Michel Franco's melancholic drama does help to bring to attention some of life's most agonising realities - from cancer and HIV to euthanasia, death and...

Top Ten British Films

Top Ten British Films

by Miranda Hazrati/@mirandahazrati The UK has always produced a plethora of quality films which have captured the imaginations of audiences across the globe from iconic and cult films such as ‘Abigail’s Party’’  to box office smashes such as ‘The Theory Of Everything’, the UK film industry continues to thrive with...

Film Review: A War

Pilou Asbæk & Tuva Novotny Interview: A War

Pilou Asbæk & Tuva Novotny interviewed by Miranda Schiller/@mirandadadada War movies strive to obtain a sense of realism and immersion. Danish feature A War is no exception. With an exception of the leads, the cast is played by real danish soldiers who have been stationed in Afghanistan. Such a decision as...

Film Review: A War

Film Review: A War

Review by Miranda Schiller/@mirandadadada Claus (Pilou Asbaek) is the commander of a Danish unit in Afghanistan. He wants to do right by everyone: The local population - he strongly believes in the purpose of his mission to protect and support them, and tries as he might to build a trusting...

Dope : Film Review

Dope : Film Review

By Leslie Byron Pitt @Afrofilmviewer To utilise the vernacular that Dope uses, the soundtrack to Rick Famuyiwa’s fourth film is well…Dope. A quick glimpse of the film credits should have a viewer spy the names of Sean “Puffy” Combs and Pharrell Williams as executive producers. The film is filled with...

In the Heart of the Sea : Film Review

In the Heart of the Sea : Film Review

Review by Ellery Nick @Ellery__Nick Brendon Gleeson plays Thomas Nickerson, last survivor of a doomed whaling voyage. He sets Ben Whishaw on his knee to recount his boyhood adventures and unburden himself of a dark secret. They occupy a spot lit space on the periphery of director Ron Howard’s story,...

Love : Film Review

Love : Film Review

By Leslie Byron Pitt @Afrofilmviewer It’s often said that you don’t watch porn for its plot. The same can certainly be said for Gaspar Noe’s indulgent Love. For all it’s on screen ejaculation and 3D Penises thrusting out at the audience, Noe cannot hide that this is a tediously overlong...

Hector : Film Review

Hector : Film Review

Reviewed by Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada Hector (Peter Mullan) is the story of an elderly homeless man's journey through Britain on his annual pilgrimage to a Christmas shelter. In classic British social realist style, it sheds light on an invisible part of society and the reality of living on the streets....

Chemsex : Film Review

Chemsex : Film Review

By Leslie Pitt @Afrofilmviewer A broad and sometimes worrying documentary, Chemsex, produced by Vice depicts a destructive world of gay sex and illegal drug taking which as muddied the waters of sexual health and well-being within the gay community. Spending a comprehensive amount of time with a varied group of...

John Sizzle Interview : Dressed As A Girl

John Sizzle Interview : Dressed As A Girl

John Sizzle interviewed by Emma Silverthorn @HouseOf_Gazelle Back in October director Colin Rothbart's Dressed As A Girl was released into cinemas, showcasing the vibrant drag scene of East London, tagged as the British version of Paris is Burning, Dressed As A Girl a decidedly niche sounding film ended up being...

Film Review : Ping Pong Summer

Film Review : Ping Pong Summer

By Ellery Nick @Ellery__Nick Whilst holidaying with his so embarrassing parents, hip hop loving Radical Miracle seeks the teachings of a reclusive loner to help him take down a pair of local toughs. They’ve been making moves on Rad’s dream girl Stacy Summers and fronting at his pal Teddy Fryy....

Film Review : Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

Film Review : Tell Spring Not to Come This Year

Review by Leslie Byron Pitt @Afrofilmviewer Saeed Taji Farouky and Michael McEvoy’s documentary details the Afghan Army’s dealings with the Taliban once full security responsibility was transferred over to the Afghan government. Their military involvement was of course spurred on by the tragic events of 9/11. From one perspective, it’s...

Review: Simply Nigella, Simply Dysphoria

Review: Simply Nigella, Simply Dysphoria

By Bill Lytton “A lazy long slow braise in the oven and deep pleasure awaits” -- Nigella Lawson, Simply Nigella, Ep. 4 Three hours have passed, it would seem, since we started on a verbose journey into the crude depths of the chai-dairy-free-almond-milk-mega-breakfast muffin. Nigella starts strong. With reckless abandon...

Top 10 Foreign Films

Top 10 Foreign Films

by Miranda Hazrati @mirandahazrati Once the preserve of the art-house crowd, in recent years foreign films have begun to reach a much wider audience, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural society we live in. As viewers discover the cinematic delights that lie beyond the subtitles, foreign language films have crossed over from...

CrocADyke Dundee : Trailer

CrocADyke Dundee : Trailer

Dawn O’Donnell was a convent girl who became a professional ice skater, travelled the world and then landed up in 1950s Australia, a penniless lesbian. By the time of her death in 2007, she had stormed through Sydney’s gay underworld and built herself an empire of bars, clubs, steam rooms,...

Top 10 Indie Films

Top 10 Indie Films

By Miranda Hazrati @mirandahazrati The indie film scene has been steadily growing since the 1960s, feeding the public’s desire for something more than the standard formula offered up by the main film studios. A huge boom in independent film-making came during the ‘80s led by trailblazing directors such as Francis...

Tangerine : Trailer

Tangerine : Trailer

Tagged as 'The transgender revenge comedy of the year' (Rolling Stone) Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone 5 by director Sean Baker (STARLET, PRINCE OF BROADWAY). If you're after a more subversive Christmas tale than the usual festive fodder then Tangerine is for you, revealing as it does Hollywood...

Top 5 Black & White Films of All Time

Top 5 Black & White Films of All Time

Dame Hyndman  @duncanpoundcake When asked why Schindler’s List was not shot in colour, Spielberg answered by saying he did not want to beautify the horror of the Holocaust with colour. It did not deserve to be shot in colour. Colour represents life and hope. Think of colour films and you...

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