'Portrait of a Lady on Fire' (2019): Crafting Memory Through Witnessing

There is the experience of witnessing a film for the first time, and there’s the experience of truly processing when you watch it a second time. Then, there’s the writing about the experience, the details of the full body sob, the reaction to realizing what went unnoticed during the first consumption.

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Let the Past Die: Generational Conflict in Rian Johnson Films

In his recent features, Rian Johnson has weaved generational conflict into stories that feel universal and current; be it in a futuristic Kansas or a galaxy far far away.

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‘Uncut Gems’ (2020) and the Power of Flat Arcs

Uncut Gems is a beautiful mess, twisting and turning as warring factions scheme over a gemstone, but this isn’t what Uncut Gems is about. It’s about the gambling addiction of its protagonist Howard Ratner.

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The Hopelessness of the ‘Parasite’ (2020) Screenplay

Parasite has been praised for it’s tight technical craft as well as the strong performances from each cast member. However, it is arguably the script that resonated with audiences most of all.

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Marta is the Key to Why ‘Knives Out’ (2020) is so Brilliant

The key ingredient with Knives Out, however, is its protagonist: Marta (Ana de Armas).

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Raw (2016) is a Radical Coming of Age Horror Film That Gives Women Power Over Their Desires

Julia Ducournau’s French cannibalistic coming of age film Raw depicts feminine pleasure and power through body horror. The film played at festivals and in France, with a limited US release. Viewers had visceral reactions to the screenings, with some even walking out or passing out due to the graphic cannibalism. Even so, Ducournau’s film can be incredibly relatable and empowering for young women.

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Going to Church with the Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s October, Halloween is quickly approaching, and though I love costume parties and free candy, my favourite way to celebrate October 31 may be a little unconventional. Every year on Halloween, my friends and I transform into our favourite characters from the 1975 cult classic, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and head to a midnight screening…

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Fall, and Get Back Up – Skateboarding in Film

Have you ever found yourself completely enthralled by skateboarding videos on YouTube? The sheer talent alone can keep you stuck watching videos for hours straight. Maybe you even skate yourself. Skateboarding films capture the awe-inspiring talent of skateboarding, but they also capture the family-like environment and the “never-stay-down” attitude that circles around the culture of…

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‘The Hours’ (2002) and What We Hide and Show of Ourselves in the Eternities In-between

In school, we never read much literature in language classes. Now, middle school we did actually read some teen books, but when high school rolled around, that number reduced itself drastically. Senior year, we read one book in French and two in German – zero in English class, which instead focused time and time again…

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‘The Matrix’ (1999): 20 Years On, We’re Still Tumbling Down The Rabbit Hole

‘What is the Matrix? Control.’ We find Morpheus explaining this to Neo in the Construct; a blank, white space used by him and the Resistance to simulate any situation they require when training to take down the Agents. He’s referring to the farming of human beings to provide power for a dominant race of robots…

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