GFF2022 Review: Nitram

Year: 2021 Runtime: 112 minutes Director: Justin Kurzel Writer: Shaun Grant Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis, Anthony LaPaglia By Calum Cooper “Nitram” (2021) is a disturbing film by design, yet even as I write this I’m unsure if this is to the film’s benefit or detriment. It is somewhat reminiscent of Todd Phillips‘ “Joker” (2019), a film that, while technically well crafted, … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Nitram

Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand!

Barbra Streisand was born April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York to Jewish parents, Diana and Emanuel Streisand. Her father died when she was young and she grew up in a middle class family. Streisand did well in school, attending Jewish School as a child, then moving to public school, and finally Erasmus Hall High School. She discovered her love of singing and being on stage early, and took any chance she could to perform. She knew she wanted to get out of Brooklyn and become an actress and at 16 she graduated from high school and moved out of her mother’s house to try and make it on her own. Continue reading Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand!

The Broken Hearts Gallery

Morgan’s Top 10 Films of 2020

By Morgan Roberts Wow. 2020 was a giant dumpster fire, wasn’t it? But here’s the thing: television and films saved us. The arts are always the first thing to go with budget cuts, but without art this year, how many of us would have the respite we so desperately needed during this time? So, thank you to everyone who puts their all into their craft, … Continue reading Morgan’s Top 10 Films of 2020

Time to Hunt

JC’S TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2020

By James Cain The “Black Axe” series. “A Sun”. “Babyteeth”. Despite 2020 having a decent amount of time where you had nothing to do but stay inside and watch films, as with every year, there are still heaps of movies from the last 12 months that I’m yet to see. Thankfully, despite all of this, 2020 still featured a veritable smorgasbord of absolute bangers. So, … Continue reading JC’S TOP 20 MOVIES OF 2020

Happy Birthday To Sigourney Weaver

There is not a single word that can describe Sigourney Weaver. Even if you only focus on her persona, or the part of her that she is willing to bequeath to the rest of the world, you will still find yourself unable to isolate her characteristics. They play off of each other, fanned out in differing shades, to be appreciated for the separateness and their unity all at once. She is enigmatic in the way that one could say Jodie Foster or Tilda Swinton is enigmatic. One cannot help but look past her obvious charms and beauties to that something- that special something which is uniquely palpable and lies beneath the visage that so many display to the public. She is a woman of multitudes; undefinable. Continue reading Happy Birthday To Sigourney Weaver

Spotlight: Helen Gibson, Hollywood’s First Professional Stunt Woman

In the month of August, we at In Their Own League are focusing on Women in Action; female-led films in the action genre. For this piece I’ll be looking back at the work of Helen Gibson, a truly amazing woman from the silent film era who is dubbed “Hollywood’s First Professional Stunt Woman”. Continue reading Spotlight: Helen Gibson, Hollywood’s First Professional Stunt Woman

Exclusive Interview with Stacy Martin, Actress from “Archive”

You may recognise the name Stacy Martin, she’s a talented young actress who has starred in films such as “Nymphomaniac: Vol. I” (2013), “High Rise (2015), “All the Money in the World” (2017)and one of my personal favourite films of 2018 “Vox Lux”. Martin’s most recent role is perhaps one of her most challenging yet, playing the character of Jules, a robot called J3 and providing the voice for another A.I. in Gavin’s Rothery’s “Archive”. However, this is a challenge that Martin is more than willing and capable of undertaking. On behalf of ITOL I managed to catch up with her to discuss the challenges of playing a robot, what attracted her to the role and what draws her to play such complex characters. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Stacy Martin, Actress from “Archive”

Spotlight: Audrey Hepburn

May 4th marks Audrey Hepburn’s 91st birthday.  Hepburn is remembered for her many iconic roles.  From Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) to Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady” (1964) to Princess Ann in “Roman Holiday” (1953), Hepburn was captivating on-screen.

My personal favourite films of hers are “Charade” (1963) and “Wait Until Dark” (1967).  “Charade” was a smart comedy.  Her banter with Cary Grant was superb.  And I appreciate that she squashed the romantic storyline of the film because of the significant age difference between her and Grant.  Iconic.  Meanwhile, “Wait Until Dark” was much, um, darker, than any other works before.  Hepburn stars as a recently blinded woman who accidentally has a doll full of heroin in her possession.  Alan Arkin plays the drug dealer needing to get his product back.  It is an intriguing and intense cat and mouse game which culminates at the climax of the film where Arkin chases Hepburn through a pitch-black apartment.  It is horrifying, terrifying, stressful, and made watching “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) a bit difficult for a while. Continue reading Spotlight: Audrey Hepburn