Throwback Movie Review: Last Tango in Paris

  Bernardo Bertolucci’s Franco-Italian erotic drama, Last Tango in Paris (1972), a powerfully emotive tale of thrilling sexual lust depicting the experiences of a recently widowed, mysterious American expatriate who becomes involved in a tempestuously passionate love affair with a young, Parisian woman, was welcomed with enormous notoriety upon its release. Initially garnering wide-spread international […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: From Afar

  A sexually subversive and darkly violent drama set in the perilous streets of Caracas, From Afar (2015), marks the first feature film from Venezuelan filmmaker Lorenzo Vigas, whose gripping debut is self-consciously marked by violent physical beatings, sexual voyeurism and internalized homophobia that vividly characterizes the age discordant relationship the film’s troubled paramours. The […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: JULIETA

  Almodóvar returns with his triumphant 20th feature film, Julieta (2016), undeniably rivalling the seductively psychological narratives, enrapturing emotional cartwheeling and evocatively chromatic visuals of his legendary works – from the exhilaratingly dark Live Flesh (1997), to the intensely passionate Broken Embraces (2009) and the melancholically heart-rending Talk to Her (2002) – all while presenting […]

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Movie Review: The Model

Danish director Mads Matthiesen’s poignantly bitter-sweet romantic drama Teddy Bear (2012) – a stellar debut feature which garnered him the Directing Award for World Cinema at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival – possesses a refreshingly candid humanism which his follow up feature, the fashion drama The Model (2016) seems to glaringly lack. Fortunately, the awkwardly […]

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Movie Review: The Lobster

  Yorgos Lanthimos’s Greek drama, Dogtooth (2009), which won the Un Certain Regard Prize at 2009 Cannes Film Festival and Alps (2011), presented with the Osella for Best Screenplay at 68th Venice International Film Festival are equalled in cinematic dexterity by Lanthimos’s latest release, The Lobster (2016), a thrillingly dystopian and macabrely satirical drama that […]

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Throwback Movie Review: The Dreamers

  Three decades after Bertolucci’s fanatically erotic and suffocatingly impassioned Last Tango in Paris (1971), he released his exquisitely shot and elegantly written The Dreamers (2003), a nostalgically romantic tribute to the youthful passion and political fervour of 1968 Paris, a world tinted with the spirited virtuousness and naïve idealism that came to epitomize the […]

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Movie Review: The Fits

  Up-and-coming director Anna Rose Holmer’s daring psychological drama, The Fits, depicts the the pre-pubescent anxieties of Toni – an 11-year-old tomboy boxer turned urban dancer – with such dexterous cinematic verve, that is isn’t hard to see why Holmer was listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2015 and […]

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Movie Review: Honeyglue

  The follow-up to James Bird’s debut directorial feature Eat Spirit Eat, a whimsical comedy about an orphaned boy searching for his estranged father, Honeyglue offers an equally bitter-sweet effort touching the sombre subject matter forbidden love – a tumultuous romance between a girl with terminal cancer and a gender fluid, cross-dressing boy with a […]

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THROWBACK MOVIE REVIEW: IRRÉVERSIBLE

Gaspar Noé’s French vanguard thriller Irreversible (2002) has long been characterized by its intense violence and visceral sexuality, pigeonholed by the general public and film critics alike as so extreme in its depiction of the brutality and mania of humanity, that it is almost unwatchable. The film’s confounding non-linear narrative structure following a young woman, […]

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Movie review: Graduation by Cristian Mungui

Français  After winning the Palme d’Or for 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days in 2007, as well as the award for Best Screenplay with Beyond the Hills in 2012, Cristian Mungiu comes back to Cannes this year with Graduation. He invites us once again in his home country Romania, and this time, he puts […]

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The Sea of Trees

Français Sometimes we have to wonder if parabolas in an actor’s urges for creativity accounts for their project selections. A-listers have the luxury of yay or naying their way out of high stakes contracts to give their creative energy an insistent whirl. Box office smashers are out of the way of their repertoire; after all, […]

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Jarhead

Suffocation exists on all kinds of mediums. Sam Mendes’ Jarhead gives us a glimpse of it on the wavelength of the army medium. The time is circa late 1980s. Iraq invades Kuwait and troops are sent into the Arabian Peninsula as a part of Operation Desert Shield. Anthony Swofford is one of such marine recruits. […]

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Jerry Maguire

Let’s give it up for the good guys capable of keeping their heads above water in the ugliness of the corporate rat race. If everyone had a dollar for each time a decent person got lost in the hustle that is corporate life, we’d all be rich by now. Jerry Maguire of the eponymous film […]

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Rio, I Love You

Behind Paris, Je T’aime and New York, I Love You comes Rio, I Love You – the third installment in the Cities of Love series. This series is intended to pay homage to a particular place, telling stories that diffuse stereotypes by making way for short vignettes of alternative stories from the city’s various neighborhoods. […]

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tina Fey is outside her rom-com element in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. So much so that she finds herself uncomfortably outside her skillset; I’d rather have her stick to her self-effacing, whip smart funny and cute girl roles. But developing her career past the comedy grooves she’s carved, Fey plays Kim Baker in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS

Français The tagline for The Royal Tenenbaums reads: “Get ready for a remarkable family gathering.” With that said, it should be noted that one should also get ready for a very strange family gathering, and an annoying one, at that – one with entitled spoiled rich folk so submerged in their own self-importance that lack […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – BOYHOOD

Français Before trilogy director Richard Linklater brought pillow talk back with a healthy dose of nostalgia and the feels in Boyhood. The film’s intrigue factor is its long running cast and filming, famously spanning its storyline over twelve years and using the same actors in their aging element. But this happens to be the cherry on top of a […]

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GIRLHOOD (LA BANDE DES FILLES)

Français There’s something about coming of age in this generation that feels like a perpetual pejorative. Obsessively calculated personal imagery spikes debilitating narcissism. Self-worth is literally quantifiable. Relationships and their upkeep are not established worthy without background checks through cyber space. Are people even really friends anymore? All this to say that the friendship portrayed […]

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