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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Best of 2016: TV and Streaming

Here are my favourite bits of TV/streaming content released and consumed this year. Although it has been a tough year generally, quality TV content has unquestioningly peaked, setting our standards higher than ever. Admittedly, I still have a hefty list of titles to consume over the summer break, here are the ones that I would […]

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Jackie: The Unstable Narrator

Jackie is an atypical biopic seen through the eyes of Jacqueline Kennedy (Natalie Portman). The main framing of the story follows the events which occurred prior and subsequent to her husband’s assassination in 1963. Directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín and produced by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) who was previously set […]

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La La Land: Spot the Reference

La La Land is the third feature-length film from writer/director/wunderkind Damien Chazelle (Whiplash). Set in modern-day Los Angeles, La La Land pays tribute to and ultimately reinvents both classic Hollywood cinema and musicals, as well as several other genres including the romantic comedy. The film stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, again proving that there […]

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Paterson: The Duality of Things

Paterson is an independent film by writer/director Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Only Lovers Left Alive). Having been heavily featured throughout international film festivals including Cannes, Toronto and MIFF, Paterson is a quintessential ‘festival darling’. Paterson’s story follows a bus driver/poet named Paterson (Adam Driver) who lives in the picturesque town of Paterson, New Jersey. We […]

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Nocturnal Animals: Stylish Exploitation

Nocturnal Animals is written for the screen and directed by renowned designer Tom Ford (A Single Man). Based upon Austin Wright’s 1993 novel, the film stars an extensive ensemble cast headed by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. Nocturnal Animals is gripping, stylish and most surprisingly, kind of weird; verifying Ford’s abilities as a modern polymath […]

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For Your Consideration: Oscar Futures

Over the next few months, our list of ‘films to see’ will grow exponentially with some of the year’s best films. Released in preparation for the Awards Season between November and February, the list is so packed with diverse titles that it may be difficult to choose just what to see. With many of these […]

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