‘√964 Pinocchio’ (1991): Vengeful Outcast, Emetic Spirit

“As a narrative revolving around members of a loathed social underclass, ‘√964 Pinocchio’ [grapples] with conceptual otherness through the fundamental human fear that that which belongs in the body will find its way out.”

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Watching ‘Night of the Living Dead’ (1968) in the Wake of a Pandemic

Night of the Living Dead may have been released over fifty years ago, but as its own circular nature observes and predicts, so little has changed from the small-scale revival of the dead America is not able to grieve.

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Always a Bridesmaid and Never a Bride, Until Now: How ‘Bridesmaids’ (2011) Allowed Women to Take the Front Seat in Comedies 

“Aside from being groundbreaking and hilarious, there is a lot to ‘Bridesmaids’ that often goes unappreciated.”

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‘Requiem For A Dream’ Doesn’t Haunt Like ‘Last Exit To Brooklyn’

“The fear here is the much more threatening notion that society is more dangerous than we realise; that we’re trapped amidst its expectations and oppression no matter our intentions.”

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Perfect Humiliation: ‘All About Lily Chou-Chou’ (2001), Adolescence, and the Dawn of the Internet Loner

‘All About Lily Chou-Chou’ (2001) explores the relationship between identity, humiliation, and fandom for the kids of Japan in the early days of the Internet.

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What Happened To Hope?: The Emotional Emptiness of Modern Cinema

Hope seems to have disappeared from modern cinema. Where has optimism for our future gone, and will things actually ever change?

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Biting the Apple: Female Autonomy, Desire and Danger in ‘Margaret’ (2005) and ‘YES’ (2004)

Between 2004-2005, two audacious films sought to explore the long-mythologised concept of female desire.

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Tolerate the Uncertainty: Intimacy, Human Connections and Everyday Messiness as Found in Joe Swanberg’s Work

To celebrate Joe Swanberg’s 40th birthday, we look back at his career to discuss the fearless and original ways he explores intimacy, communication, and the general strengths and weaknesses of human behaviour.

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The Unrelenting Optimism of Taika Waititi’s ‘Boy’ (2010)

Nostalgic and warm, ‘Boy’ is a film that centres around youthful optimism and never wavers from the belief that life can be both hard and happy.

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