Tags : film features

Did We Judge ‘The Goldfinch’ Too Harshly?

When I first watched The Goldfinch I, like many others, was incredibly disappointed with how it turned out. What was once a film that had everything going for it—a big name director in John Crowley, a great ensemble cast, literary merit in its source material—became nothing more than boring Oscar bait and a critical and […]Read More

Nixon on Film: Is Cinema’s Most Controversial President About To

After what has been perhaps one of the most tumultuous election campaigns in modern U.S. history—and one that continues to cause division across the country—the people have elected Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States. However, incumbent President Trump is not going down without a fight, and I imagine his leaving […]Read More

‘For Sama’: A Year On

It has been a year since one of the most essential documentaries of the 21st century, For Sama, premiered in UK cinemas. In a revolutionary 100 minutes, it changed the entire world of documentary making.  Waad al-Kateab, now 29, documents everything in this journey through uprisings, airstrikes and tragedy during the Syrian civil war. All […]Read More

We Don’t Need No Education: 20 Films Set in School

Years after leaving school, I still find myself being deferential to the scholastic calendar. I wake up on 1 September and expect there to be a path of autumnal leaves ceremoniously leading out of my bedroom, signalling in the season of woolly jumpers and new WHSmith stationery. It does feel weird, now deep into my […]Read More

Tim Roth, ‘Captives’ and the British erotic thriller

The three most-liked reviews of Captives on the film social network Letterboxd are pretty similar in their brazen horniness for Tim Roth. “this was absolute garbage but i want tim roth to spit in my mouth” reads the first. “MY BODY IS LITERALLY A HOLE FOR TIM ROTH I WANT HIM TO CHOKE ME!” reads […]Read More

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme: How The Mamma Mia! Films Saved Summer

August. The month for stumbling around festivals, swimming in the sea and listening to Jess Glynne for the thousandth time on a Jet2 flight. August 2020, however, represents a different beast altogether. As we all struggle to come to terms with staycations, picnics and socially distanced pub gardens, one thing has come to the rescue […]Read More

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

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

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

Film: First 10 – Parasite

The first ten pages of a film are of fundamental importance – Jack Roberts explores what Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite does with this all-important slither of time. In February 2020, Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite made history by becoming the first non-English language film to with Best Picture at the Academy Awards, alongside its already established list of […]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

When erotic thrillers go wrong: the failures of ‘Jade’

Dead Sexy: A Fortnightly Column on Erotic Thrillers “Be David Caruso in Jade.”  This is the advice Seth Rogen’s character gives to Steve Carrell’s character about how (not to) pull women in the 2005 sex-comedy The 40-Year-Old Virgin. With this advice from a hapless, sex-crazed stoner in tow, Steve Carrell goes on, excruciatingly awkwardly, to […]Read More