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.
Sunset Song : Trailer

Sunset Song : Trailer

Terence Davies (The House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea) has taken on the challenge of adapting Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic Scottish tale Sunset Song. But can model-actress slashie Agyness Deyn do Gibbon's heroine Chris Guthrie justice? Deyn was last seen in 2014's Electricity. Sunset Song will be released December...

Under Milk Wood : Film Review

Under Milk Wood : Film Review

By Leslie Byron Pitt @Afrofilmviewer An obtuse and absurdist piece that will most likely delight Dylan Thomas fans, but leave many cold. For far too often these days, British film is observed for its flouncy period pieces or grubby gangster/hooligan skulduggery. Such unfortunately narrow focus often dismisses British cinema’s strong...

Victor Frankenstein : Trailer

Victor Frankenstein : Trailer

There's been countless film and TV adaptations of Mary Shelley's brilliant Gothic Classic Frankenstein, (check out this A-Z for proof), so can the latest version from director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter Max Landis offer anything fresh? We'll see. Starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe. Out December 3rd. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YJOS2sksXQ&feature=youtu.be

Under Milk Wood : Trailer

Under Milk Wood : Trailer

Kevin Allen's surreal adaptation of Dylan Thomas' seminal Under Milk Wood features Rhys Ifans and Charlotte Church and focuses on the more visceral elements of this bawdy, filthily fluid and magical dreamscape of a work. Out in cinemas now, released October 30th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNKuqgIIR88

By The Sea : Trailer

By The Sea : Trailer

Set in France in the 70's, By the Sea is Jolie's European inspired, directorial follow-up to last year's debut Unbroken, and also stars beau Brad. Jolie takes on the hybrid role of writer, producer and lead-actor. Revealing featurette below, film out December 11th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCTHVejhwZM&feature=youtu.be

Top 5 Films for Halloween

Top 5 Films for Halloween

By Toby Venables @TobyVenables ‘We’d like you to recommend the Top 5 Films for Halloween,’ they said. Great, I said, Top 50 Films for Halloween! I’m all over it! ‘Er, no – that’s top FIVE...’ Ah. That’s more difficult... There are literally thousands of great horror movies out there –...

The Club : Film Review

The Club : Film Review

By Leslie Byron Pitt @Afrofilmviewer Contrary to the beliefs of many militant, western Atheists. The ease of separating one’s self from the durable arms of religion, are not as easy as simply snapping out of it. An estimated 65% of the Chilean population recognise themselves as Catholic creed. It’s been...

TLE The London Economic

‘Do I Sound Gay?’ : Film Review

Reviewed by Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada When writer/director David Thorpe is dumped by his boyfriend and finds himself single and in his forties, he realises something: He hates the way his voice sounds – and the voices of most gay men around him. So he goes on a quest to find...

Listen to Me Marlon : Film Review

Listen to Me Marlon : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel  Angry, petulant, charismatic, committed, sulky, lazy, brooding, sexy, raw, difficult, charming, idealistic, thoughtful, devastating, intelligent and difficult again. Millions of words have been written about Marlon Brando and yet he remains an enigma, hidden away beneath moments of flamboyant outrage and unforgettable performances. Attempting to add...

Red Army : Film Review

Red Army : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel In the latter half of the twentieth century, the US and the Soviet Union fought a battle for ideological supremacy. A crude and particularly western view of the conflict saw it as a straight fight between the forces of freedom and creative enterprise against a brutally...

Dressed As A Girl : Film Review

Dressed As A Girl : Film Review

By Emma Silverthorn @HouseOf_Gazelle Colin Rothbart’s documentary Dressed As A Girl has already been lauded as the ‘the Brit equivalent of Paris is Burning’ (Beige magazine), an accolade indeed and one that made me want to watch it immediately. Dressed As A Girl explores similar ground to Paris is Burning,...

Film Review: Good People

Film Review: Good People

By Adam Turner @AdamTurnerPR Good People is a Danish director's befuddled idea of a British action/gangster thriller featuring James Franco and Kate Hudson (The Wrights). The Wrights are a cash-strapped American couple who've moved to London for a fresh start and are in the process of renovating a house, inherited...

Just Jim : Film Review

Just Jim : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel Craig Roberts was not even 20 when the lead role in Richard Ayoade’s Submarine (2010) thrust him into a very indie kind of fame. It’s that same film that runs through the spine of Just Jim, a dark coming-of-age comedy that serves as a credible, if...

My Mother/Mia Madre : Film Review

My Mother/Mia Madre : Film Review

By Leslie Pitt @Afrofilmviewer Nanni Moretti’s latest feature certainly feels like a personal feature. The film deals with an overworked political filmmaker (Margherita Buy), who struggles to cope with balancing her working life while the trauma of a dying matriarch lingers over both herself and her brother (Moretti). The personal...

Lessons In Love : Film Review

Lessons In Love : Film Review

By Michael McNulty From the minute Pierce Brosnan’s face appears in medium close up in the first scene and he utters the words “I’m sorry, truly, because I fucked up” it almost feels like he could be apologising to the viewer for what they are about to endure. This scene...

The Salt of the Earth : Film Review

The Salt of the Earth : Film Review

By Leslie Byron Pitt @Afrofilmviewer Wim Winders Oscar nominated feature The Salt of the Earth is a remarkably timely feature, which highlights the work of social photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The film details Salgado's powerful imagery of refugees from all over the world from the sands of Sudan to the Gold...

A Girl at My Door : Film Review

A Girl at My Door : Film Review

By Adam Turner @AdamTurnerPR July Jung's dark drama, A Girl at My Door, explores the troubled lives of two forlorn souls living in a sleepy fishing village in South Korea. Young-nam (Doona Bae) is a dejected police academy officer who has been transferred from Seoul to Yeosu after an unexplained...

Containment : Film Review

Containment : Film Review

By Ben New @squareleg A man wakes up, his alarm didn’t go off. He moves to the kitchen, the taps aren’t working. A glance out the window to a neighboring block reveals someone banging at a window, calling for help. We try to leave and the door is glued shut...

How To Change The World : Film Review

How To Change The World : Film Review

By Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada How to Change the World looks back on the early days of Greenpeace, when the organisation was a small, motley crew of environmental activists from Vancouver. With a keen eye for opportunities to generate media attention, they brought a common cause to the emerging environmental movement:...

Cartel Land : Film Review

Cartel Land : Film Review

By Michael McNulty An intense, thrilling piece of frontline film-making. Cartel Land’s in the thick of it, run and gun, handheld cinematography is enough to enjoy on its own. The film opens in the middle of the Mexican desert in the dead of the night as a group of cartel...

La Famille Bélier : Film Review

La Famille Bélier : Film Review

By Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada Paula Bélier is the 17-old-daughter of a cheese farming family in rural France. Early in the morning, she and her younger brother help on the farm, before she cycles to the village to get on the bus that takes her to school in the nearest town....

Life : Film Review

Life : Film Review

By Ellery Nick @Ellery_Nick Director Anton Corbijn takes us back to 1950s Los Angeles where a photographer is pursuing a debutante actor on the cusp of stardom. With a little luck that golden quiffed kid might just be his ticket away from snapping starlets on red carpets and back to...

45 Years : Film Review

45 Years : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel So often in 45 Years a crescendo beckons, and just as often Andrew Haigh steps nimbly away. His third feature, a superb achievement, is far too accomplished a creation to sully the relationship at the heart of proceedings with something as crass as a blunt emotional...

The Wolfpack : Film Review

The Wolfpack : Film Review

By Leslie Byron Pitt The more you consider the bizarre tale of The Wolfpack, that harder it is for you to bend your head fully round it. The documentary about seven siblings, homeschooled and confined in their Lower East Side Manhattan apartment, away from the waking world by their father,...

The Dance of Reality : Film Review

The Dance of Reality : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel Has it really been 25 years since maverick Chilean Alejandro Jodorowsky last released a film? Such is his ability to burn surreal imagery permanently into my memory, it’s hard to believe he’s been absent for so long. Not that he’s been resting on his laurels of...

A Dozen Summers : Film Review

A Dozen Summers : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel It takes something a little bit out there to reveal how crushingly conventional so much of what we watch is. We all love the familiarity that comes with genre of course, and conventions often become conventions because they’re simply the best damn way of doing something,...

Spare Change : Film Review

Spare Change : Film Review

By Miranda Schiller @mirandadadada   Quirky twenty-something underachiever Jane gets fired from her job for being too quirky and underachieving and has to come up with a way of earning a living that doesn't involve having to be on time or doing any actual work. For the spoilt child of...

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. : Film Review

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel Russia’s increasing global belligerence raises concerns in most, but not all quarters. One part of America in particular is likely to relish the return of the old enemy. For Hollywood, there will be no need to drag out hard to locate Islamic terrorists, bland corporate villains...

The London Economic

Restaurant Review – Umami

By Emma Silverthorn, @HouseOf_Gazelle Don’t go to Umami for the ambience - the restaurant is on the first floor of a Crowne Plaza Hotel - and though ‘Smooth Jazz’ was advertised, the music sounded more like muzak to me. The décor is certainly aiming for stylish contemporary but could be better...

Ruth & Alex : Film Review

Ruth & Alex : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel At least Ruth & Alex knows its strengths, opening with a patented Morgan Freeman voiceover, before offering the gentle pleasures of Freeman and Diane Keaton hanging out together in New York. It hardly makes up for the mess on display elsewhere as a tangle of sub-plots...

Inside Out : Film Review

Inside Out : Film Review

By Stephen Mayne @finalreel With Pixar’s quite brilliant back catalogue comes great expectation. When they’ve raised the bar and leapt over it so many times before, each new release has to approach masterpiece status just to avoid disappointment. After a fallow half decade since Toy Story 3 (2010), a period that...

52 Tuesdays : Film Review

52 Tuesdays : Film Review

By Ellery Nick @Ellery_Nick With the eyebrow-raising presence of Caitlyn Jenner in our mainstream news, it would seem a timely moment to hear the story of a transgender parent wrestling with her identity. But, away from the snapping of courageous photos and din of mass trolling, it is a work...

Dead Rising: Watchtower – Film Review

Dead Rising: Watchtower – Film Review

By Toby Venables @TobyVenables There’s a great moment in Dead Rising: Watchtower when the hero Chase attempts to dispatch a zombified cop in an trash-strewn alleyway. At one end, zombie hordes are moments away from bursting through the gates. At the other, a hideous zombie clown shuffles towards him, dragging...

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