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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Why ‘The Morning Show’ (2019) is the Perfect Antidote to the Aftermath of Weinstein’s Hollywood

If a show is so well written that it can make you care deeply about the outcome of a morning television show – something we merely glance at while we’re getting ready in the morning – surely this is a show doing something unique, something incredibly special.

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She’s a Bad Mama Jama: A Dedication to Pamela Voorhees

As the mother of the famous Jason Voorhees, Ms. Voorhees birthed this franchise, literally and figuratively. 40 years ago, in the franchise’s first film, Pamela Voorhees watched her son drown as a result of the negligence of the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake. In a fit of vengeance, she kills the counselors and remains at the camp for years after – murdering anyone who dared to reopen it. After a night of blood and guts, she prepares to take her final victim – Alice Hardy (Adrienne King) – in the film’s climax. Before she had a chance, Alice decapitates Ms. Voorhees, and the film ends with an ominous jump-scare of a young Jason rising from the calm waters of Crystal Lake.

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REVIEW: ‘Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always’ is a Striking Feminist Manifesto on Unwanted Teenage Pregnancy

Eliza Hittman is dauntless as she saunters into these nebulous shadows to tell what is one of the rawest and most poignant coming-of-age stories of modern cinema.

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REVIEW: Swallow (2019) is “Horrifying Precisely Because of How Real it Feels”

Hunter (Haley Bennett) seems to have it all: a rich husband, a baby on the way, and a gorgeous home with space for a massive garden. Yet, she starts to feel confined to her home. Her aptly-named husband, Richie (Austin Stowell), encourages her to stay inside and rest throughout the pregnancy. With no job to attend to, her life is consumed with preparing the house for the baby. Her relationship with Richie is increasingly distant as Hunter feels stifled by her financial dependency and lack of control of her life. She finds release in a very strange place as she impulsively swallows a small glass marble.

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GFF REVIEW: ‘Papicha’ Teaches Us About The Bravery Behind Loving

“Papicha is about the beauty of love and unity, in a world that is so hateful and divided.”  Papicha, Mounia Meddour’s debut feature, is a gut-punching true story set on the brink of the Algerian civil war. The story follows Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri), a university student hoping for a career in fashion  in this harrowing…

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Top of the Docs #6 – ‘Swatted’ (2018) and the Realities of Sharing Online

It is impossible to describe the impact of the internet, and even more impossible to place that impact on a moral compass. The internet is a place where millions of people who may never have met can connect, it has formed new communities and, importantly, has greatly furthered discourse concerning gender, sexuality, race, and various other marginalised communities by acting as a means for activists to communicate.

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