In Their Own League Hall of Fame: Jane Campion

Jane Campion is an extraordinary filmmaker. In fact, she’s the second woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and the first female filmmaker to receive the Palme d’Or; both of these achievements came for “The Piano” (1993). Campion’s films often feature strong female lead characters who rebel against the strict constraints of the society that they inhabit. She has an unique storytelling technique, often using all of aspects of the mise-en-scene to capture the world that her characters exist in, and plays around with non-linear editing in order to draw the audience in. She’s well overdue a place in our Hall of Fame, so we have decided to dedicate our next slot to her. Continue reading In Their Own League Hall of Fame: Jane Campion

SXSW 2022 Review: Master

Year: 2022 Runtime: 98 minutes Directors:  Mariama Diallo Writers: Mariama Diallo Cast: Regina Hall, Zoe Renee, Amber Gray, Julia Nightingale, Ella Hunt By Tom Moore Mariama Diallo’s feature directorial debut, “Master”(2022), is a psychological horror trek through systemic racism in American education that presents an enticing and engaging atmosphere. As the film’s two central black women arrive at the fictional college campus of Ancaster College, … Continue reading SXSW 2022 Review: Master

GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

Year: 2021 Runtime: 128 minutes Director: Joachim Trier Writer: Joachim Trier Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum By Calum Cooper Existential crises were an oddly recurring theme in 2021’s filmography. That might not be surprising, given the current state of the world, but there were many thoughtful, gripping films (or comedy specials in Bo Burnham’s case) that explored the simultaneous beauty and anxiety … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

#BreaktheBias: Five Female Stereotypes In Film That Need To Go

The theme for this International Women’s Day is ‘Break the Bias’, according to the official International Women’s Day website “Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.” We are all being urged to actively call out any form of bias and/or discrimination that we may encounter. Continue reading #BreaktheBias: Five Female Stereotypes In Film That Need To Go

Retrospective Review: “Eagle Vs. Shark”

that we can take away from the film is that ‘love is blind’ and that we shouldn’t judge people solely on their appearance. In his usual quirky off-beat fashion, Waititi manages to bring us something rather unique and special with “Eagle Vs. Shark” and you will either ‘get it’ or you will find it all a bit too silly for your liking. Continue reading Retrospective Review: “Eagle Vs. Shark”

Pretty Woman Review

“You should totally watch Pretty Woman!” My aunt instructed me when we were recently discussing romantic films. Here’s the thing, I don’t do romantic films. I usually hate watching Rom Coms and find them so cliched and predictable. I explained all this to my aunt but she insisted that I would really like “Pretty Woman” if I gave it a chance. Well, what with it being Valentine’s Day coming up soon, there seemed to be no better time than now to check the film out. Continue reading Pretty Woman Review

Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 78 minutes Director: Rita Baghdadi By Morgan Roberts “Sirens”(2022) is a documentary film which gives audiences an intimate look into lives of the women of the band Slave to Sirens. Slave to Sirens is a metal band from Beirut, Lebanon. The two central individuals of focus are guitarists Lilas and Shery. Lilas and Shery are creative partners, writing many songs together. As … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Sirens”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Dual”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 95 minutes Director and Writer: Riley Stearns Stars: Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul, Beulah Koale, Maiji Paunio By Morgan Roberts “Dual”(2022) is a witty and stylishly dark-humored film that is an examination of persevering past existential ennui.  The film follows Sarah (Karen Gillan) as she learns she is terminally ill.  Damn.  But to save her family from the hole she will leave behind, … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Dual”