LFF REVIEW: “A Jigsaw That Was Always Meant to be Together” – ‘The House of Us’ (2019)

“A testament to young talent which is only bound to grow with time.” From South Korean writer/director Gaeun Yoon comes House of Us, a story of three young girls finding solace from the disparities of their home lives. Together they create a bond that cannot be broken, delving into mischief and laughter to hide the…

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LFF REVIEW: “Visceral artwork in all aspects” – ‘System Crasher’ (2019)

“Guaranteed to capture your heart and rip it to shreds.” This review contains mild spoilers for System Crasher. Somewhere in the depths of Germany, nine-year-old Benni has been expelled from another group home. A small child with an explosive temper, she is bounced around the foster care system with little luck; no one wants her.…

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No More Mister Nice Guy: Why We Should Stop Rooting For Sitcom’s ‘Nice Guys’

We all know the guy. Kind of shy and unlucky in love, conventionally attractive but not the one everyone goes for. A stable career and a clear future ahead of him: filled with marriage, kids and a comfortable lifestyle. He’s completely average in every way, and honestly, he’s nice. He’s the one we’re meant to…

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REVIEW: “Sixties Power That Holds Itself Back” – ‘Woodstock or Bust’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ “Rooted in sixties power but doesn’t quite fill its potential” It’s 1969. Flower power is all the rage and ideas of changing the world are all anyone can think about. That, and getting high. It’s here we meet Lorian (Willow Shields) and Meryl (Meg DeLacy), an ambitious duo who crave more than…

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REVIEW: “Pihu Will Steal Your Heart” – ‘Pihu’ (2018)

Crafting a film from scratch takes courage, timing and a hell of a lot of planning. So, to suggest centring a feature-length film around a two-year-old girl, who is not only the leading character but the only character featured in the entire film, seems like absolute insanity. Yet for writer/director Vihod Kapri, the insanity works…

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The Danger of What-If’s in ‘Shirkers’

“In all golden afternoons there are movers, there are shakers, and then, there are shirkers.” What-if’s are dangerous. As a perfectionist with a dangerous level of anxiety, I know the world of what-if’s all too well. They are poisonous and there is never just one, as each one leads to the next until you obsess…

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There’s Something I Want You To Know: Coming Out On The Internet

Ingrid Nilsen’s words ricochet against the silence as she sobs to the camera, finally sharing a truth she feels the need to share to become her true, authentic self. Just fifteen minutes of entirely unmoderated footage (with the only exceptions being for when Nilsen cut out hysterical sobbing on her part), she spills everything. Or…

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Vincent, The Monster and Amy: How Doctor Who Captures Depression In ‘Vincent and the Doctor’

When tackling the subject of depression, no episode of Doctor Who captures it better than ‘Vincent and the Doctor’. Airing in 2010 as the tenth episode in the show’s fifth season, the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) visit the famed artist Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran) during the last…

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Knives Chau vs. The World: The Misconception of a Teen

Picture this. You’re seventeen. You live in Toronto, Canada. You skip out of school to find your twenty-two-year-old boyfriend waiting at the school gates for you, his curly blonde hair glistening in the snow. He takes you to the local arcade, where you both play games completely in sync and he is totally into you…

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‘Captain Marvel’ (2019): Getting Back Up Again

WARNING: This article contains very mild spoilers for Captain Marvel. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been watching Marvel films since I was a kid. The first film I can vividly remember watching was Thor with my Dad, just on the off chance it was on, and being completely suckered into this fantastical whirlwind…

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