BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Tove’ (2021) Lesbian Artists and Gay Moomins

“Alma Pöysti’s terrific performance as Tove, where her quiet affinity feels seismic, is effervescent.” Zaida Bergroth’s stunning biopic charmingly centres on artist and writer Tove Jansson’s (Alma Pöysti) bohemian life. Tove is a stylish period biography that gives a whole new perspective to the Moomins. Exuberantly visual in its charting of the artists’ life, Tove…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Boy Meets Boy’ (2021) is an Intimate Snapshot of a Queer Romance

Sparks fly in Boy Meets Boy, a wonderful story of queer love and connection set in modern day Berlin.

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: ‘Rebel Dykes’ (2021) A Wonderfully Focused Lesbian Self-Documentation

In Rebel Dykes, directors Harri Shanahan and Siân Williams stitch together a patchwork of home video, cartoon animation and talking heads, in a reflection on London’s 1980s lesbian communities.

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Did ‘Hannibal’ (2001) Cannibalise Itself?

Hannibal is 20 years old. It was the long awaited sequel to one of history’s most lauded films, so where does it stand in the film canon now?

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Lyra’s World: Adapting His Dark Materials

The two adaptations took very different approaches to Lyra’s story but neither have managed to capture what makes the original books so popular.

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[Nostalgia Week] ‘Josie and the Pussycats'(2001) is a Feminist Text

The film, inspired by the Archie comics series, combines fast-paced action, head-bobbing original songs, and over-the-top product placement to highlight the capitalist motivations at the heart of the music industry. Josie and the Pussycats is biting social commentary dressed like a classic 2000s teen comedy.

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[Nostalgia Week] The Everlasting Love and Pain of ‘The Crow’ (1994)

As one of the most achingly beautiful films ever made, The Crow, along with Lee’s immortal performance, should be left in the past, where we can visit it whenever darkness calls.

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[Nostalgia Week] The Hidden Subtext of Nickelodeon

So, having been a Nickelodeon kid through and through, I’ve decided to take a look back at my own childhood shows to find the hidden layers ready to be revealed.

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