Talkin’ Bout My Reputation: In Defense of ‘Red Sparrow’

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers Just like its ornithological counterpart The Goldfinch, Francis Lawrence’s Red Sparrow was a film pronounced dead on arrival. I didn’t have Letterboxd when Red Sparrow was released, nor was I yet au fait with the beast that is ‘film twitter’. I watched it at an empty screening […]Read More

Legendary British Director Sir Alan Parker Passes Away Aged 76

The British film industry suffered a blow today with the news Sir Alan Parker’s passing at the age of 76 after a lengthy illness. Parker was born in Islington, North London to Elsie, a dressmaker, and William, a house painter. He started his career in the late 1960’s directing TV commercials before going on to […]Read More

9 Ambient & ASMR Music Soundscape Videos for Relaxation

Some people need absolute silence to be at peace or to work. Others opt for lo-fi beats, classical piano or white noise to help tune their wandering brains. Lately, however, I’ve discovered a section of YouTube that allows me to feel cosy, nostalgic and peaceful, filling dead silences with tingling ASMR noises and relaxing ambient […]Read More

Comedy and Feminism Stagnate in ‘How to Build a Girl’:

Caitlin Moran’s outdated feminism of ‘big knickers and girl power’ falls flat in this rags-to-riches-and-back-again adaptation Like many, I was over the moon at the news that one of my favourite teenage novels, Caitlin Moran’s How to Build a Girl, was to be adapted into a film with the luminous Beanie Feldstein in the starring […]Read More

Teenage Kicks: Kubrick’s ‘Lolita’ versus Lyne’s ‘Lolita’

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers Contrary to popular belief, I prefer erotic thriller maestro Adrian Lyne’s Lolita adaptation to the one made 35 years prior by Stanley Kubrick. But do either do Nabokov’s novel justice? Calling Lolita controversial feels like the understatement of the century. Many will know Lolita‘s famed storyline, but […]Read More

Everybody Knows? Grief and Catharsis in ‘Exotica’

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers The pleasure and pain of a striptease is structured around the anticipation of a reveal.  Item by item, the dancer sheds their clothing until their body is bare: a vulnerable corporeality that titilates and disarms the watcher. Exotica, Atom Egoyan’s 1995 masterpiece, structures itself as such, gently […]Read More

Pride Month: ‘The Birdcage’ and an Ode to Well-Meaning Camp

Steph Green revisits this caper-filled comedy, which thrives in its own takedown of heteronormativity  Dianne Wiest gazes at her bowl, unaware that it depicts men having sex with each other—albeit in the style of a Grecian ceramic. “What interesting china!” she exclaims. “It looks like young men playing leapfrog!” She isn’t yet aware that the […]Read More

Twinception: Body Horror in ‘Dead Ringers’ and ‘Double Lover’

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers The depiction of twins in cinema is often horrifying—and no, I’m not talking about the 1988 movie starring Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Come play with us,” whisper the Grady twins in The Shining, a ghostly apparition designed to terrify the young Danny Torrance. In Brian De […]Read More

Kristen Stewart to star as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín’s

Chilean director Pablo Larraín will direct a film about one “critical weekend” in the life of Princess Diana, with Kristen Stewart starring as Britain’s revered and reviled sweetheart.  Titled ‘Spencer’, Steven Knight’s screenplay (Eastern Promises, Locke) will focus on the period in the Princess’ life in which she decided her life with husband Prince Charles […]Read More

Why Jane Campion’s ‘In The Cut’ is A Misunderstood Masterpiece

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers When two passenger airlines crashed into the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001, life changed irreversibly for Americans—and we don’t need reminding of the ongoing global impact that these attacks had too. But domestically, an estimated 422,000 New Yorkers suffered from PTSD. Along with the trauma of […]Read More

6 films to watch if you liked ‘Call Me By

Soft blue shirts, ripe peaches, rustling sheet music, urgent kisses. When Call Me By Your Name was released in 2017, people fell in love with not just the story, but with the very fabric of the filmmaking. Eschewing the frigidity of Hollywood cinema and winning legions of fans perhaps not used to slower cinema, the […]Read More

“She Found It At The Movies” is a manifesto for

Christina Newland’s essay collection She Found it at the Movies shines a light on a diverse set of voices to reclaim female desire, according to Film News Editor, Steph Green Women and their desirous response to cinema have been shut out of film criticism since the profession began. With the field monopolized by the pale, […]Read More

It’s All Greek to Me! Where to Start With World

Film News Editor Steph Green provides a beginner’s guide to the banquet of World Cinema “I want to start  watching more foreign-language films,” my friend recently said to me, “but I just don’t know where to start.” Not too long ago, I had a similar problem. Sure, there are the classics — the intimidating, canonical titans […]Read More

Cannes Film Festival Announces its 2020 Official Selection

Although the 2020 edition of the Cannes Film Festival was already meant to have taken place last month with Spike Lee as head of the Jury, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused events to be postponed worldwide. Only now is the prestigious festival’s official selection being announced, without the usual fanfare of a busy press […]Read More