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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REVIEW: 'Black Christmas' Reworks a Classic For the 21st Century

Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974) was a game-changer for the horror genre. It’s often cited as one of the first-ever slasher films and was a major inspiration for John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). It also originated the frequently quoted line, appearing in spoofs and countless other films: “The call is coming from inside the house!” Needless to say, when remaking the film for a 2019 audience, Sophia Takal (director and writer) and April Wolfe (writer) had big shoes to fill. And, a young horror fan, I think they did a fantastic job. 

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LFF REVIEW: Marielle Heller’s ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood’ (2019) is Worthy of Being A Front-Runner for Awards

“It has been crafted into something unique between being moving and heartbreaking” Coming in as a British viewer, you would be excused for thinking that the emotional connection might be missing for Mr Rogers and his brand of family entertainment. While his show never really made its way from America to the UK, we certainly…

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LFF REVIEW: “A massive shock to the system” – Uncut Gems (2019)

“Feels like a constant adrenaline shot to the system” The predictions for this year’s London Film Festival (LFF) surprise film was always between two highly anticipated pictures, Parasite and Uncut Gems. Even with the tease of “who likes musicals? Who likes cats?” didn’t convince the crowd as the Safdie Brothers, introduced their latest effort to…

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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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REVIEW: “The Potential For Some Truly Dazzling Imagery Goes Somewhat Unfulfilled” – ‘Bunuel In The Labyrinth of the Turtles’

“For anyone with an interest in the life of Bunuel or the European surrealists of the early 20th century.” As a medium where almost anything can be depicted, animation seems like the perfect tool for surrealism, and as such has been utilised by filmmakers ranging from David Lynch to Hayao Miyazaki. Luis Bunuel, despite the…

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The Father’s Frontier: Familial Separation in Modern Space Movies

With a fully-armed and operational Star Wars franchise in play, cinematic portrayals of the great unknown which don’t belong to a galaxy far, far away have truly had their work cut out. Financially and in terms of sheer screen space, the Skywalker saga (and its various spin-offs) has dominated the sci-fi landscape. But as this…

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