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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LFF REVIEW: “Personal and poignant telling of an iconic gay landmark” – Circus Of Books (2019)

★ ★ ★ ★ “Crucially, Circus of Books remains honest to the intentions of the Mason family.” Rachel Mason’s documentary is about her parents, a bookshop and the gay community.  In 1982, Karen and Barry Mason took over Circus of Books: a gay book and pornographic store in West Hollywood. But for the Mason family…

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LFF REVIEW: “A charming and witty display of affection from Dolan” – Matthias & Maxime (2019)

“Dolan’s vision of love and loss comes to life in the most earnestly heartfelt of ways.” Returning with another majestic demonstration of youthfulness, romantic pining and a journey of self-awakening, Matthias & Maxime is a charming and witty display of affection from Xavier Dolan. Childhood friends Matthias (Gabriel D’Almeida Freitas) and Maxime (Xavier Dolan) are life-long companions…

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LFF REVIEW: “A quirky and wonderful chemistry” – ‘Our Ladies’ (2019)

“Living in the moment, with a disregard for the future, the group continues on their all-day bender leaving empty bottles behind at every stop.” With matching tartan skirts and knee-high grey socks, Our Ladies walks hand in hand with the small-town girl hitting the big city. Five young women are fed up with the strict rules of…

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The Cinematic Universe of Sufjan Stevens’ Soundtracks

“Stevens’ songs are the soundtrack to falling in and out of love.” With his melodramatic tones and heartfelt lyrics, Sufjan Stevens is a master of emotional projection. With lyrics and melodies that tug at heartstrings, Stevens’ haunting sound conjures the heavenliest of songs. Perhaps in the most Sufjan Stevens move that Sufjan Stevens could have…

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REVIEW: “A Tender Goodbye” – ‘Varda By Agnès’ (2019)

★★★★★  “A beautiful tribute to a remarkable woman.” With the wind in her face, Agnès Varda’s soft voice cuts through all other noise. The short woman leans on her stick as she balances on a slow-moving industrial camera rig, reeling off anecdotes about her career. Varda By Agnès is the last film from Varda, after the…

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REVIEW: “Lying Bare, Exposing All” – ‘Sauvage’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ ★  “An aching appreciation for this young man.” Sauvage is a searing raw portrait of 22-year-old Leo (Félix Maritaud). Set in the streets of Strasbourg, his story of longing unravels itself explicitly in director Camille Vidal-Naquet’s debut feature. Sauvage frames this narrative of Leo as a male sex worker respectfully, as the character…

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Best Of 2019 So Far – Emily Maskell

Narrowing films down to lists such as this is an almost impossible task for me. Yet, I have somehow managed to brutally condense my viewings of 2019 so far to a select five. Now I present to you: my personal favourite films as of halfway through twenty-nineteen. 5. Under The Silver Lake. (dir. David Robert…

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