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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Looking Back on Fight Club, Twenty Years Later

*Spoilers for Fight Club* Those in tune with recent film festival coverage may have struggled to miss the most widely anticipated and fervently discussed release sparking a new tirade of furious tweets – that of course being Joker. This new origin for DC’s most popular super-villain has either been heralded as the epitome of cinema…

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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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“I’ll Be Seeing You”: Falling Apart and Together in ‘Out of Blue’

Carol Morley’s Out of Blue follows Mike Hoolihan (Patricia Clarkson), a detective investigating the apparent murder of astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer) in a New Orleans observatory. As Mike attempts to unravel the many mysteries surrounding the incident, her own sense of reality and sense of herself fall apart and then back together again. I…

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REVIEW: “A thought-provoking examination of toxic masculinity – ‘Hate Crime’ (2017)

“An in-depth study of toxic masculinity that misses opportunities.” What’s the worst thing that could happen to a parent? This is the central question of Hate Crime. The film follows two sets of parents, one who lost their son and the other who is about to. The cause of the tragedy is shown in the…

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Here’s the Punchline: A Queer Fan’s Hopes for the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

You know what would be Kevin Smith’s biggest power move yet? He’s made a lot in his life and career. Like, a lot. But the biggest wouldn’t be going from a no-budget, no-big-name, no-studio-support indie movie to a huge, multimillion dollar franchise studded with more stars than a smog-free night sky (but wow, what a…

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Summer Lovin’: Romantic and Sexual Liberation in Coming of Age Films

There’s plenty of teenage kicks in summer flicks, with the good ol’ wet hot summer having always been the backdrop for young love. Summer holidays are portrayed as a pivotal passage for development, with teenagers transitioning into young adults. One such trope of dawning adulthood is love and the loss of “innocence” (otherwise known as…

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REVIEW: “A Love Letter To Truffaut” – ‘A Faithful Man’ (2018)

The impact of the French New Wave on the stylistic development of cinema is almost immeasurable. While more recognizable formal elements associated with the movement like jump-cuts and non-linearity can be easily identified, the youthful spirit that characterizes the work of directors like Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, and Jacques Demy can be felt in genres…

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Womanhood Through the Lens

Seeking out great films by women about women in an industry that so often fails to allow opportunities for them to flourish is a hard affair, but so worth it to find authentic and genuine filmmaking that seeks to understand the nuances of the lives led by the protagonists. From the complexities of love and…

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Crazy Rich Asians: A Love Letter to the Unbelonging

I have to be honest, I am not the most seasoned person when it comes to the concept of film. It’s funny I even use the word “seasoned.” In my household, there is no holding back with spice, as destroyed as my tolerance for it is. Still, I think I should make it clear that…

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