Valerian: The City of a Thousand Planets (a.k.a. Mansplaining in Space)

Luc Besson’s much-anticipated return to the sci-fi genre can only be compared to a Lush bath bomb: It’s expensive and incredibly pretty, but it fizzes and fizzles away, with its cost flowing down the drain, leaving me cold. Admittedly, I was excited for this so-called ‘space epic’, mostly due to my fondness for Besson’s earlier […]

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20th Century Women: Fresh Perspectives

20th Century Women is a semi-autobiographical film by writer-director Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker). Set in 1979, the film centres on an unconventional family living in a large home in Santa Barbara. Like the transitional time period itself, the house is under renovation, forged and fixed by the characters who reside within it. The residents consist […]

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Fences: Inaccessibly Accessible

Fences is a screen adaptation of August Wilson’s renowned play of the same name. Directed by Denzel Washington (The Great Debaters, Antwone Fisher) who previously directed and starred in the play’s revival on Broadway, Fences is an undoubted passion project, wholly dedicated to the source material. The film’s story is set in 1950s Pittsburgh and […]

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The Dancer (La Danseuse): In search of femininity

The Dancer is a French biographical drama written and directed by newcomer Stéphanie Di Giusto. The film recounts the artistic life of modern dance pioneer Loïe Fuller (Soko) and her journey into the dance world of 19th Century Paris. The Dancer was presented at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival and is being featured during […]

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Lion: Crossroads

Lion is an Australian production based upon Saroo Brierley’s memoir ‘A Long Way Home’. Directed by relative newcomer Garth Davis and written for the screen by Luke Davies (Candy), the film has strong footing in both Australia and India, but was produced by Aussie filmmakers. Based on true events, Lion follows Saroo (Sunny Pawar) as […]

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Best of 2016: Cinema and Screen

Here are my ten favourite films of 2016. Undoubtedly a good year for cinema and an amazing year for critiquing media, 2016 brought us films both problematic and downright cringe (please tell me if you thought of any film other than Suicide Squad just now). Other films, however, brought me joy, repeat viewings and Blu-ray […]

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