April Fools’ Day: Being Born a Joke

No culture in the world truly celebrates April Fools’ Day and there are no public holidays for it, yet it’s still in all the calendars every year. Everyone knows it’s on April 1st, which is surprisingly handy when that’s also your date of birth.

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Cell Adore Film Festival: The perfect online festival for a lockdown

A film festival for all your self-isolation needs – Cell Adore Film Festival is entirely online and free. Running from April 10 – 12.

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A Call to Re-Evaluate Disability Tropes in Science Fiction

Disability representation in science fiction typically signifies both the limits of human boundaries as well as the innovations beyond those boundaries. However, when the majority of such representation is established through the use of harmful and often outdated stereotypes, a re-evaluation of those tropes is needed.

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'Bringing up Baby' (1938) is a Revolutionary Queer Protest

Bringing up Baby rejects norms and subverts expectations in this sub-textually queer screwball comedy.

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'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' (2019): Crafting Memory Through Witnessing

There is the experience of witnessing a film for the first time, and there’s the experience of truly processing when you watch it a second time. Then, there’s the writing about the experience, the details of the full body sob, the reaction to realizing what went unnoticed during the first consumption.

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Let the Past Die: Generational Conflict in Rian Johnson Films

In his recent features, Rian Johnson has weaved generational conflict into stories that feel universal and current; be it in a futuristic Kansas or a galaxy far far away.

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‘Uncut Gems’ (2020) and the Power of Flat Arcs

Uncut Gems is a beautiful mess, twisting and turning as warring factions scheme over a gemstone, but this isn’t what Uncut Gems is about. It’s about the gambling addiction of its protagonist Howard Ratner.

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‘Birds of Prey’ (2020) and the Liberation of Harley Quinn

Cathy Yan helps to liberate Harley Quinn from the male gaze that haunted her in ‘Suicide Squad’.

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“Chicago” (2002) is a Satirical Tale of Women’s Emancipation

The story is told through imaginary performances put on by the various characters, as a way to check in with the audience and portray themselves the way they would like to be seen.

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A Wish My Heart Made: How 70 Years on, Cinderella Continues to Inspire

Films we watch as children fundamentally shape us. We all have films that, though they may not be anything special, are held dearly to us. For me, this film is undoubtedly Cinderella (1950), a film that I have loved from childhood all the way through to my adult life.

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