FESTIVAL REVIEW: Fractured Visions 2019

Last year Cardiff got a new genre festival to add to its growing collection of annual film gatherings. 2018’s Fractured Visions was a small, scrappy affair, built on a glut of great programming that rewarded audiences who love their gore and horror. Returning this year in 2019, the festival takes a step up in ambition,…

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CINECITY REVIEW: 'Jojo Rabbit' (2019) is Too Comfortable to Make a Lasting Impression

You can only frame the greatest human tragedy of all time as ‘twee’ for so long before it gets tired.

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CINECITY REVIEW: ‘Waves (2019)’ Stands Alone As a Tremendous Piece of Film-making

Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night, Krisha) has made his name by exploring complicated family dynamics in the past, but none have been so powerful as his latest work, Waves.

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BHFF REVIEW: LGBTQ+ Horror Shorts ‘Slayed!’ Present An Exciting New Chapter for Horror

Whether we’re protectively defending our favourite misunderstood “monsters”, thirsting after a vengeful witch, or intricately dissecting the plot’s subtext to match our queer theories; it’s a genre we’ve passionately invested in despite our community’s seeming absence from its stories.

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BHFF REVIEW: ‘Porno’ Presents Seductive Premise with a Lacklustre Climax

The horrifying reality of teen hormones and sexual desire is the impending threat in this raunchy 90’s-based comedy-horror. Think American Pie, but with a murderous sex demon.

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LFF REVIEW: Marielle Heller’s ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ (2019) is Worthy of Being A Front-Runner for Awards

“It has been crafted into something unique between being moving and heartbreaking” Coming in as a British viewer, you would be excused for thinking that the emotional connection might be missing for Mr Rogers and his brand of family entertainment. While his show never really made its way from America to the UK, we certainly…

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BHFF REVIEW: ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ is Psychologically Torturous Yet Wonderfully Twisted

This Argentinian horror-thriller is a menacing and uncomfortable portrait of human capabilities when their familiarity is threatened, and territory trespassed.

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LFF REVIEW: “A massive shock to the system” – Uncut Gems (2019)

“Feels like a constant adrenaline shot to the system” The predictions for this year’s London Film Festival (LFF) surprise film was always between two highly anticipated pictures, Parasite and Uncut Gems. Even with the tease of “who likes musicals? Who likes cats?” didn’t convince the crowd as the Safdie Brothers, introduced their latest effort to…

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LFF REVIEW: “At the very heart of this chaotic yet prestigious fashion house” -Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections

“The Last Collections feels as though it plucks a loose thread and the documentary itself becomes untied” Withheld for nearly twenty years, Olivier Meyrou’s documentary on Yves Saint Laurent finally sees the light of day. Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections (Célébration) opens the doors to the house of luxurious and elegant fashion. The documentary immerses itself at the…

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Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival 2019 Festival Highlights

Now in its thirteenth year, the Iris Prize Film Festival returned to Cardiff earlier this October, and is the world’s largest LGBT+ short film award. International and inclusive, unapologetic and eclectic, Iris provides a platform for a staggeringly diverse range of voices and stories that remain underrepresented and underserved by mainstream cinema. Here are a…

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