“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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How Evelyn Carnahan’s (Rachel Weisz) role in The Mummy (1999) and The Mummy Returns (2001) affirmed my love of storytelling

I first saw The Mummy (1999) at the age of eleven. It was by complete chance; a side-effect of my mother deciding one evening that there was nothing to watch and switching our television to a channel she never normally used. I do not think she particularly wanted to watch The Mummy (and I strongly…

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Requiem For A Dream: Nineteen Years Later

First of all, there’s a lot of films that I love. The kind of films I could talk about for hours on end, for all sorts of different reasons. But there’s one film that stayed with me long after watching (six years later and it’s still vivid in my mind like it’s playing on the…

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(500) Days of (A Flawed Relationship and What We Can Learn From) Summer

Although my history with the film I am going to discuss certainly hasn’t been the longest, it made me think about the story a lot and – more importantly – it ultimately made me want to write about it. It’s like I either commanded myself to write about the movie or that the movie somehow…

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