LFF REVIEW: “Visceral artwork in all aspects” – ‘System Crasher’ (2019)

“Guaranteed to capture your heart and rip it to shreds.” This review contains mild spoilers for System Crasher. Somewhere in the depths of Germany, nine-year-old Benni has been expelled from another group home. A small child with an explosive temper, she is bounced around the foster care system with little luck; no one wants her.…

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The Healing Potential of Being Present

The plotlines of Lost in Translation (2003), Paterson (2014) and Columbus (2017) are discussed below. “The world in which you live from day to day is made from habit and memory. The perilous zones are the times when the self, also made from habit and memory, gives way. Then, if only for a moment, you…

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LFF REVIEW: “One of the most exciting films of the year” – ‘Bad Education’ (2019)

Dir: Corey Finley Prod: Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Julia Lebedev, Mike Makowsky, Oren Moverman, Eddie Vaisman Cast: Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano, Geraldine Viswanathan, Rafael Casal, Alex Wolff Release date: TBC by HBO

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‘Mean Girls’ – 15 years on and still ‘Fetch’

The endlessly quotable Mean Girls (Dir. Mark Waters, 2004) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. From sleepover institution to cult-classic, the gaudy fashion, clever one liners, and that rendition of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’, is ingrained in the minds of every teen of the noughties. As fresh as ever, the comedy only gets more ‘fetch’ with…

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REVIEW: “The Potential For Some Truly Dazzling Imagery Goes Somewhat Unfulfilled” – ‘Bunuel In The Labyrinth of the Turtles’

“For anyone with an interest in the life of Bunuel or the European surrealists of the early 20th century.” As a medium where almost anything can be depicted, animation seems like the perfect tool for surrealism, and as such has been utilised by filmmakers ranging from David Lynch to Hayao Miyazaki. Luis Bunuel, despite the…

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REVIEW: “Unlike Anything He’s Made Before” – Family Romance, LLC

★ ★ ★ “Not necessarily a misstep, and definitely not to be missed.” Werner Herzog is, in 2019, a figure most of us are familiar with. Be it as a creepy real estate agent in Parks and Rec, the director of globe-trotting documentaries – from Into the Inferno (2016)to Encounters at the End of the…

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NYFF REVIEW: “A reason to cry over spilled milk” – First Cow (2019)

“Their world feels real, making room for the friendship to feel real too.” In order to survive in a world ruled by colonialist American dreamer greed, is there any room for genuine kindness and friendship? Is scamming the only way to scrape by if you were not born directly into the top ranks? In 1820s…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Tony Montana in ‘Scarface’ (1983)

Matthew 16:26 asks the question “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”. Strangely enough, Scarface has the answer. Scarface has been dubbed a ‘dudebro’ favorite for its iconic dialogue, tropical aesthetic, and excessive ultraviolence. While this reputation intimidates many moviegoers from Brian De Palma’s film,…

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The Longevity of ‘Scooby-Doo’: 50 Year Retrospective

Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, like Zoinks! This sounds like a case for our favorite gang of mystery-solving teens: Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy, and their talking Great Dane Scooby-Doo. On September 13th 1969 the first episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, created by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, was released as a Saturday morning…

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The Lasting Relatability of ‘Freaks and Geeks’ 20 Years Later

There are very few TV shows that depict the awkwardness and confusion of being a teenager quite like Freaks and Geeks. Although it premiered in 1999 and only ended up running for one season, it has since gained a following of loyal fans thanks to word-of-mouth praise, and the ability to stream the show on…

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