Black Cats and Monster Masks: The Other Side of Horror in ‘Onibaba’ (1964) and ‘Kuroneko’ (1968)

Onibaba and Kuroneko do not seek to instil fear through a series of frights and scares. Instead, they plunge their hands into the horror of reality and prove that humanity already has plenty of things to be scared of.

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31 Days of Horror: Week Four Roundup

Four weeks down, one to go! In the penultimate week of the 31 Days of Horror challenge, I decided to focus on films that have been sitting in my watchlist for far too long. Though I found some films to be disappointing, there were some gems hidden in the pile, making for a great week of horror films.

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The Queer Sexual Tension in Detective Stories

Obsession, devotion, pursuit – all can be acts synonymous to falling in love. However, they are also the key elements for a detective cat-and-mouse story. The relationship between a detective and the criminal they hunt is one that – in many great crime stories – becomes intimately close. They chase each other, play with each…

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TIFF INDUSTRY SELECTS REVIEW: ‘Holler’ (2020) Impresses With Biting Criticism

Precariousness of employment in America is something of a hot topic at the moment. With a President repeatedly promising more jobs despite record unemployment, Nicole Riegel’s debut Holler (2020) looks into the heart of industrial America and creates a coming of age film that captures the essence of Trump’s presidency.

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FRIGHTFEST REVIEW: ‘Blinders’ (2020) is an Engaging Study of Entitlement

Writer and director Tyler Savage attempts to deconstruct the Los Angeles stereotype by initially leaning into it before ruthlessly tearing it apart.

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“Well I would say I’m just drifting”: Quarter-Life Crisis Films Through the Ages

how similar are ‘quarter-life crisis’ films through the ages? How does each generations’ respective cinematic touchstone reflect its constituency’s crisis?

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Criminal Record #6 – Denzel Washington and the Value of Charisma

From police procedurals to heists, American film noir and French policiers via South Korean serial killers, Criminal Record is a column delving into the rich and heady cinematic history of crime films. This time, a look at Denzel Washington’s career as a crime film leading man.

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PRIDE 2020: Sensationalised Lesbian Figures of a Distant Landscape in ‘The Killing of Sister George’ (1968)

Although the film may be viewed by some as inherently progressive by the very fact it’s plot centres around lesbians, Aldrich’s construction of them as absurdist figures should not be overlooked.

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REVIEW: The House That Jack Built (2018) is “Fascinating but Gruesome”

Watching Lars von Trier’s latest film The House That Jack Built is like seeing a true crime podcast come to life.

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40 YEARS LATER: Getting Over Myself and Learning to Love Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ – Part One

I’ll get there, eventually – but for now, with a new perspective, I want to try and understand why I hated it so much. Because, in hindsight, I think the film just got under my skin.

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