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

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

REVIEW- The Shape of Water: Del Toro’s dark fairytale enchants with a sublime score and a big heart
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REVIEW- The Shape of Water: Del Toro’s dark fairytale enchants with a sublime score and a big heart

“The Princess without a voice.” From its opening sequence, Guillermo del Toro envisions a dream-like fairy-tale. The pride he takes in his world-building, and the creation of his characters and monsters, is a sheer wonder that continues to amaze me. The Shape of Water is no different. Our endearing protagonist, Elisa, is played with a … Continue reading

REVIEW- I, Tonya: Skating biopic gives booming voice and punchy attitude whilst overturning reductive narratives
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REVIEW- I, Tonya: Skating biopic gives booming voice and punchy attitude whilst overturning reductive narratives

Everyone seems to know something of Tonya Harding, and the controversy she became embroiled in before the 1994 Winter Olympics. But how many people truly know her? This is the question that Harding’s biopic raises, and the title of the film seems to say it all. We are presented not with a descriptor of Tonya … Continue reading

REVIEW- INSIDIOUS 4 THE LAST KEY: Supernatural sequel finds terror in domestic abuse, but fails to unlock its true demonic qualities
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REVIEW- INSIDIOUS 4 THE LAST KEY: Supernatural sequel finds terror in domestic abuse, but fails to unlock its true demonic qualities

The latest and (hopefully) final instalment of the Insidious franchise catches back up with psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as she is plagued by nightmares of her childhood at the hands of her abusive father, during the time when she was first discovering her ‘gift’. Starting out with a set of very serious and violent … Continue reading

REVIEW- Requiem, Episode 1: BBC Supernatural thriller strikes perfect balance between bumps in the night and brutal realism
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REVIEW- Requiem, Episode 1: BBC Supernatural thriller strikes perfect balance between bumps in the night and brutal realism

If there is one thing that TV is not short of, it’s ‘missing child mysteries’ and shows about suspicious rural towns; Dark, Stranger Things, Top of the Lake, The Returned, the list goes on. So what can BBC’s new supernatural thriller Requiem offer us on top of that? Judging by its gripping first episode, a … Continue reading

REVIEW- World of Tomorrow Episode 2: On abstract frames, the human subconscious and the politics of follow-ups
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REVIEW- World of Tomorrow Episode 2: On abstract frames, the human subconscious and the politics of follow-ups

On the surface, The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts is, like the sum of Don Hertzfeldt’s filmography, an agglomeration of sticks that coexist within copious abstract frames. In truth, the sequel to 2015’s World of Tomorrow (which, following its loss at the 88th Annual Academy Awards, incited a witch-hunt on affiliated voters) is yet another … Continue reading