A Quiet Place: Hero Shot

In his new horror movie, director John Krasinski (very intelligently) enlists his wife Emily Blunt to co-parent their fictional brood of fairly quiet kids, played by Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. The entirety of the film revolves around the survival of the Abbott family on their closely monitored corn farm, seemingly untouched by the post-apocalyptic […]

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Isle of Dogs: Orientalism

Isle of Dogs is the latest instalment into the pastel-coloured, meticulously framed cinematic world of Wes Anderson. Telling the fable-like tale of a boy in search of his canine companion, the film is filled in abundance with whimsical nostalgia, almost drawing away from his vexing decision to use Japan as the foundation for this seemingly […]

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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’ is derived from a cartoon by Bob Thaves drawn in 1982. Specifically, the cartoon stated that Ginger Rogers performed everything that Fred Astaire did in their films, except backwards and in heels. This phrase has come to emulate the recurrent struggles of women working in a patriarchal world, as […]

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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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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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