‘The Thing’: How John Carpenter’s Film Colors Its Descent into Hell

Paranoia and dread reign supreme in The Thing, John Carpenter’s claustrophobic 1982 Arctic nightmare. There’s a creeping sense of fatalism and doom you get watching the film, set among the ill-fated researchers at an isolated base at the South Pole. The psychological horror and grim tone have led The Thing to enjoy some reappraisal in our lockdown era — Ennio Morricone’s score playing in your … Continue reading ‘The Thing’: How John Carpenter’s Film Colors Its Descent into Hell

‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’: Dark Humor and Catharsis

In psychology there’s a phenomenon referred to as the emotional spillover effect that describes how one emotion can create a cascade into another; for example, when we get agitated a common reaction is to start laughing as a means of recovery. Horror movies choose to make use of emotional spillover by occasionally implementing humor as a counterweight to whatever method of fright precedes or follows. … Continue reading ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’: Dark Humor and Catharsis

The Girls Will Wake Up when They Are Hungry: Feminist Horror ‘House’

A feminine phantasmagoria, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House uses meta-narrative, fairytale allusion, and surreal imagery alongside the classic horror trope of a bunch of teenage girls left alone in an old dark house to create a truly singular cinematic experience. Using the homestead as the ultimate symbol of female power and dominance, HOUSE explores female desire through the lens of increasingly bizarre supernatural happenings, but also never … Continue reading The Girls Will Wake Up when They Are Hungry: Feminist Horror ‘House’

‘Homeland’ Ended This Year, What Was It All About?

[This article contains spoilers for Homeland]  Between everything that’s happened this year, you would be forgiven for not realising that Showtime’s long running spy drama Homeland wrapped it’s 8 season run. In need of a show to binge watch during lockdown; I delved into the murky world of CIA espionage, foreign policy, mental illness and interpersonal relationships and watched the series end to end. So what was it all about?     Premiering … Continue reading ‘Homeland’ Ended This Year, What Was It All About?

‘Virus Tropical’ is a Visually Unforgettable Coming of Age

While at its core it is similar to any other female-centred coming-of-age film you’ve ever seen, Virus Tropical has two distinct and incredibly memorable elements. Its South American focus proves consistently interesting as it is not a location we see too often in this genre. Paola’s family have a unique quality to them and not only act as a nice look into a slightly different … Continue reading ‘Virus Tropical’ is a Visually Unforgettable Coming of Age

The Emergence of the Lesbian True Love’s Kiss

True love’s kiss is so ubiquitous a trope as to feel timeless, as though from the start humankind was telling stories about beautiful princesses being brought back to life by dashing princes laying one on them. So it’s weird that it’s pretty much just a Disney invention. Grimm’s fairy tales do feature a couple of magical kisses, but certainly not as many as you might … Continue reading The Emergence of the Lesbian True Love’s Kiss

The Beautiful Chaos of Brian Jordan Alvarez

As is the case with most internet creatives, Brian Jordan Alvarez’s name may not mean much to general audiences, while online he enjoys a well-earned passionate and dedicated fanbase. His unique and bizarre sense of humour has been circulating YouTube for half a dozen years in the form of sketches and webseries, each of them taking an ultra-specific observation of dating and social etiquette and … Continue reading The Beautiful Chaos of Brian Jordan Alvarez

IndieLisboa 2020: Highlights From One of Portugal’s Biggest Film Festivals

IndieLisboa is one of Portugal’s most important film festivals. Already running for 16 years, the event consistently celebrates and uplifts independent filmmaking from all over the world, past and present. For a couple of weeks every year, IndieLisboa puts international festival hits, retrospectives of important filmmakers, and the work of young Portuguese directors at the forefront of Lisbon’s cultural scene, more often than not being … Continue reading IndieLisboa 2020: Highlights From One of Portugal’s Biggest Film Festivals

‘Big Fish’: When Stories are More than Fiction

Human beings are storytellers by nature. We love to describe fantastic affairs conceived by our minds. No matter whether they are fictional or based on our own experiences, the chronicles we tell resonate in the hearts of those who listen to them. We have the creative power to build amazing worlds from simple ideas, as well as the ability to formulate scenarios inspired by our … Continue reading ‘Big Fish’: When Stories are More than Fiction

Navigating Mental Illness in HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

The narration at the start of HBO’s illustrious Euphoria, provided by its star, Zendaya, sets the tone for what the show will be dealing with as soon as its young protagonist, Rue (Zendaya) mutters, “I’m just fucking exhausted.” Right from the beginning, Euphoria is invested in the hardships of what it is to live with mental illness. In the first few moments of the show, Rue is quickly … Continue reading Navigating Mental Illness in HBO’s ‘Euphoria’

‘Green Book’: The Audacity to be Black

Every time I watch a “based on true events” movie, the first thing I always want to find out is “How true is this? Or what parts of this movie is true or not? Was that an exaggerated scene or did that really, really happen? I think doing that helps me in some type of weird or satisfying way feel connected to the characters and … Continue reading ‘Green Book’: The Audacity to be Black

‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’ – On Escapism and Feeling Seen

  There is a verse in the titular song from Gaspar Antillo’s 2020 slow-burn drama Nobody Knows I’m Here, that goes as follows: “Here I lie and watch the stars, feel I’m dreaming all my life. Here’s the love I forgot, my heart’s dancing glow. Something’s wrong, I don’t belong.” It’s the heartbreaking, intimate ballad that both liberates Memo (Jorge Garcia & Lukas Vergara), and … Continue reading ‘Nobody Knows I’m Here’ – On Escapism and Feeling Seen