Ethan Hawke: Weaponising Boyish Naivety against American Essentialism

The plotlines of Dead Poets Society (1989), Training Day (2001) and First Reformed (2017) are discussed below. Essentialism is the idea that every entity has a set of recognisable attributes that are inherent to its identity and function. There are many different schools of thought that apply, debate and dispute this idea but for the…

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Vampires vs. Werewolves: Horror’s Most Ancient Monsters in a Centuries-long Rivalry

“Look at them- children of the night… what music they make.” Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Dracula ‘Tis the season of the spook, and the nights are haunted by ghoulish creatures and boogeymen. Since the dawn of horror cinema, there have been killer clowns descended from space, murderous blobs, different adaptations of Frankenstein’s monster, knife-wielding dolls, possessive…

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REVIEW: “So Bad it’s Laughable” – Downton Abbey (2019)

“It would have honestly been better had it returned as a two-part Christmas special on ITV”  How does one even explain the Downton Abbey film? Well, a few words could be: inaccurate, cheesy and slightly painful.  The film begins in 1927 as a continuation of where the 2015 Christmas special finale left off… it should have really…

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LFF REVIEW: “A sentimental piece about understanding childhood trauma” – ‘Honey Boy’ (2019)

“Honey Boy offers something more heartfelt and personal” When it was first announced Shia LaBeouf was to write and star in a film based around his own childhood experiences growing up within the studio system, I had a feeling something special was about to be created. Previously exploring his own legacy through an art project…

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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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LFF REVIEW: “One of the best ‘Zom-Coms’ going” – ‘Little Monsters’ (2019)

“Moments of sincerity that push this above other horror comedies” Since her Best Supporting Actress win at the Oscars back in 2014 for her role in 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o has been crying out for a lead role that can showcase her talents fully. Her work in Queen of Katwe and Black Panther…

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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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Flip Screen’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

The hilarious and unconventional Zombieland family is back for a ‘Double Tap’ a decade after their initial film release on October 2, 2009. Zombieland was made notorious in the zom-com genre for intertwining “essential rules” for surviving in the United States of Zombieland. Instead of focusing on how easy it is to die in the…

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A Week of Horror With the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival

For those lucky enough to haunt the streets of Brooklyn this month, be sure to check out the most horrifyingly brilliant festival running between 17th – 24th October.  The Brooklyn Horror Festival is a celebration of this bloody brilliant genre, boasting a diverse selection of horror films both old and new. The festival will also…

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NYFF REVIEW: ‘Beanpole’ (2019) Shines a Light on Postwar Female Solidarity and Anguish

“Masterful direction paired with spontaneous moments of brilliant vulnerability lead to a mortal examination of the female experience that never feels cloying or objectifying.” Iya (Viktoria Miroshnichenko) is a nurse who suffers from post-concussion syndrome and PTSD caused by her time as a soldier at the front lines of the war. This results in fits…

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