The Soundscapes of Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ and ‘Ex Machina’
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The Soundscapes of Alex Garland’s ‘Annihilation’ and ‘Ex Machina’

SPOILER FREE Collaborating with composers Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow, director and writer Alex Garland uses both score and pre-recorded soundtrack music to articulate his main character’s motivations and desires. During one of the first scenes of Annihilation, Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping” plays diegetically (from a source within the film’s story). Its plain, … Continue reading

UK Asian Film Festival celebrates its 20th year with ‘F’ rated feminist theme
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UK Asian Film Festival celebrates its 20th year with ‘F’ rated feminist theme

Tongues On Fire is presenting The UK Asian Film festival for its 20th year, taking on an ‘F’ rated theme celebrating women in South Asian cinema, a highly misrepresented social group.  Dr. Pushpinder Chowdhry MBE, Festival Founding Director says, “In our 20th anniversary, Tongues on Fire – UK Asian Film Festival are proudly going back to … Continue reading

REVIEW- Princes Cyd: A sunny rumination on female relationships and the importance of meeting halfway
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REVIEW- Princes Cyd: A sunny rumination on female relationships and the importance of meeting halfway

I’ll admit; I watched Princess Cyd primarily on the basis of a review that made its synopsis sound a whole lot like Lady Bird, my current film crush. However, the thematic similarities between the two films begin and end with their focus on female familial relationships. Writer/director Stephen Cone’s understated narrative takes on the same inter-generational … Continue reading

American Vandal: On shaming women, neat endings and the role of the spectator
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American Vandal: On shaming women, neat endings and the role of the spectator

It almost does not need to be said that the history of storytelling is ineluctably intertwined with variations of the “hysterical woman” trope. From Josef von Sternberg’s Blonde Venus to scripted reality shows like The Bachelor, entertainment has always taken the body of woman and made her into a thing to be tamed (or “castrated” … Continue reading

Derry Girls looks to the strong and amazing women of the troubles, to produce Channel 4’s biggest comedy hit since 2004
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Derry Girls looks to the strong and amazing women of the troubles, to produce Channel 4’s biggest comedy hit since 2004

Admittedly, when I heard Channel 4 was producing a sitcom in mid-troubles Northern Ireland, I had my doubts. Although, they do say comedy equals tragedy plus time, and Derry Girls proves just that. Created and written by actual ‘Derry Girl’ Lisa McGee, this fast paced, joke per minute, smash hit tackles the troubles, and comes … Continue reading