REVIEW: ‘Shoot to Marry’ (2020) and the Comedic Paradox of a Self-Aware Incel

‘Shoot to Marry’ (2020) is not the disgruntled indulgence of a man who fails to understand women, but a man who struggles to know how to be himself.

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INTERVIEW: Levi Eddie Aluede and Visions of a Vivid Life

When director Levi Eddie Aluede picks up my Instagram video call, he is sitting outside on a balcony. As if already prepared for a profile shot, Levi finds himself naturally lit by the sun, leaned back in a relaxed pose that my long-abused spine immediately envies. I’m sat on my bed twenty minutes awake, attempting…

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Ethan Hawke: Weaponising Boyish Naivety against American Essentialism

The plotlines of Dead Poets Society (1989), Training Day (2001) and First Reformed (2017) are discussed below. Essentialism is the idea that every entity has a set of recognisable attributes that are inherent to its identity and function. There are many different schools of thought that apply, debate and dispute this idea but for the…

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The Healing Potential of Being Present

The plotlines of Lost in Translation (2003), Paterson (2014) and Columbus (2017) are discussed below. “The world in which you live from day to day is made from habit and memory. The perilous zones are the times when the self, also made from habit and memory, gives way. Then, if only for a moment, you…

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