Oscars Shorts 2018

Each year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (aka THE Academy) showcases ten short films through nomination. Each ranging from five to thirty minutes in duration, the films are designated into live action and animation categories. The films themselves are incredibly diverse, selected from all over the globe, exhibiting a vast variety of […]

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The Post: Backwards and in Heels

The phrase ‘backwards and in heels’ was derived from an anecdote by cartoonist Bob Thaves in 1982. Specifically, the cartoon stated that Ginger Rogers would perform everything that Fred Astaire did in their films, except backwards and in heels. The phrase has come to emulate the recurrent struggles of women working in a patriarchal world, […]

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For Your Consideration: Awards Season 2018

It’s that time of year again! Over the next couple of months, our ‘to see’ list will extend with the addition of films which are in awards conversations. The Golden Globe nominations were announced last week, commencing the inevitable discussion of snubs. Of course, it’s important to remember that voting bodies tend to vary and […]

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Breathe: Humorous Tracheal Bleeding

Breathe is a dramatic biopic starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. The film is also the directorial debut of Andy Serkis (yes, the motion capture guy whose previous roles include Gollum, Caesar the Ape and the giant Sith dude in the Star Wars sequel trilogy). The narrative portrays the apparently true love story of Robin […]

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Ingrid Goes West: A Love Letter to Aubrey Plaza

Ingrid Goes West is written and directed by indie newcomer Matt Spicer (It’s You, Not Me) and produced by the film’s star Aubrey Plaza. I must preface by stating that this film unequivocally belongs to Aubrey Plaza and the rest are simply blips within the scope of the film. But let’s talk about some of […]

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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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