Diana @ Spotlight on Film, film & literature critic, writer, explorer, traveller

Spotlight on Film

  • Watch diversely,
  • Think critically,
  • Feel deeply.

🎥 Spotlight on Film (previously dbmoviesblog) is a film site with a difference – it aims to inspire and empower film audience one post at a time. I write critical review of films of various genres, old and new, and in English and in foreign language, covering various genres, including drama, thriller, science-fiction, period drama, adventure, horror and animation (see my film archive). I generally prefer films with deep psychological or philosophical-existential character studies, or with the theme of society vs. the individual.

With a background in law and languages and based in London, UK, I am writing about films since 2011. Cinema has been a big part of my life since my early childhood, and, since that time, my passion for all things film has only deepened. I believe in the power of cinema, in its transformative nature, and in its capability to change lives and the world through enabling people to think critically and feel deeply about what they see on screen.

I use a 5-star rating on my website, with ★★★★★ – being a truly great film, and – being a rather bad “film” effort. Most films will fall somewhere in between.

🎥 My favourite directors include:

Andrei Tarkovsky

Yasujirō Ozu

Robert Bresson

Jean Renoir

Alfred Hitchcock, &

David Lynch

🎥 My favourite films include:


The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Late Spring (1949), Dairy of a Country Priest (1951), Ikiru (1952), Tokyo Story (1953), La Strada (1954), The Cranes Are Flying (1957), Ivan’s Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), & Rosemary’s Baby (1968).


Solaris (1972), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), The English Patient (1996), In the Mood for Love (2000), & Mulholland Drive (2001).

My favourite actress is Ingrid Bergman, and my favourite actor is Daniel Day-Lewis.

Cinema is not only entertaining, it is important, introducing the viewer to different points of view, history, culture and social themes, providing much inspiration. As Martin Scorsese put it: “Movies touch our hearts and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our life-time…”