“Irreversible” Analysis: A Condemnation of Violence Against Women and its Depiction in Film

Please note, the below article refers to sexual violence and depiction of rape and therefore may not be suitable for all readers By Mique Watson You might have heard of this film’s controversy–that it garnered hundreds of walkouts when it premiered at Cannes, while on the other hand–those that stayed sang praises about it. One wonders whether or not they’d like to even give a … Continue reading “Irreversible” Analysis: A Condemnation of Violence Against Women and its Depiction in Film

31 Days of Horror, Day 13: Raw

Generally, when news breaks at a film festival that a film gets a standing ovation, sometimes even between 10 to 20 minutes, it’s pretty clear that it’s well-received. If no news really breaks for the film or bad reviews come out, it’s easily labeled as bad. However, as a horror fan, when news breaks that a film makes people sick when they watch it and possibly even need medical attention, there’s that gut feeling you get that this film is special. This was the reaction when writer/director Julia Ducournau’s feature debut, “Raw,” made an appearance at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Personally, I remember hearing about “Raw” and being intrigued by its rave reviews and reaction but have always struggled to pull the trigger and give it a watch. Continue reading 31 Days of Horror, Day 13: Raw

LFF Exclusive Review: Rocks

Set in the depths of London, Sarah Gavron has portrayed the hardships, yet the beauty of the manic city in her film “Rocks”, which premiered at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. The cast and crew, 75% of whom were female, collaborated incredibly hard to represent the true identity of the working class in London. For some, it was their first time on a set, yet they did not shy away from the initial fear but were able to provide 93 minutes of heartache, humour, and honour. Continue reading LFF Exclusive Review: Rocks