A ‘Change’ for Pale Waves

Last Tuesday, Pale Waves returned with their newest single Change in the lead up to the release of their second album, Who Am I?  Change is a song that lives up to its title by introducing a shift in the band’s direction. The track is about heartbreak and is a very playable song with an extremely catchy hook that feels both unique and familiar. Change teases at the bands’ versatility, leaning more towards nostalgic pop than the alt/indie sound that characterised their first album. Heather Baron-Gracie (singer and songwriter) has said that Avril Lavigne was a … Continue reading A ‘Change’ for Pale Waves

‘Happiest Season’ Strives for Merry Mediocrity

Amidst the flurries of snow in an idyllic Pennsylvania hometown, Happiest Season looks like a replica of the easily recognizable and oft parodied Hallmark formula. Akin to its predecessors, there’s a cynical Christmas-hater and their romantic interest, returning home from the big city for the holidays. But, whereas those films have formed a cinematic canon out of bland, innocuous (read: Waspy) heterosexuality, Happiest Season instead … Continue reading ‘Happiest Season’ Strives for Merry Mediocrity

LFF 2020 – ‘Cicada’ Reflects on Fact and Ficition

A semi-naked blonde boy stands motionless outside his family home, seemingly frozen in position. Buzzing from the summer insects intensifies, and the boy is no longer a boy – he is a man who suffers from intense nausea and won’t tell his flatmate why. This is Ben (Matthew Fifer), and he’s got a long journey ahead of him.   Cicada is a symphony of fact and fiction … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Cicada’ Reflects on Fact and Ficition

‘Peninsula’ – Humanity at its Most Triumphant and Terrifying

When Train to Busan premiered in 2016, it was like lightning in a bottle. It re-animated the zombie genre and brought life into the dying undead. It’s praised as one of the greatest modern zombie horrors, both for its terrifying depictions of the undead and the complex themes that run through it. It’s a remarkable piece of cinema through and through, and its prestige casts … Continue reading ‘Peninsula’ – Humanity at its Most Triumphant and Terrifying

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E3: Something Fishy This Way Comes

[Editors Note: This review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian] Much to my relief, there are no spiders this time around, but the creature-feature habit of The Mandalorian’s second season doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The first episode was the sand dragon, last time was *shudders*, but the weirdos of the week for ‘Chapter 11: The Heiress’, classily directed again by the … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E3: Something Fishy This Way Comes

‘Patrick’ – Grief is Laid Bare in this Emotional Tragicomedy

We’ve all lost something from time and time and tried to retrace our steps. A lot of the times it’s little things, like keys, or your phone – you walk back through your own memories, but ultimately you realize the hopelessness of doing so, and you conclude your search. Then you turn around and your keys are on your desk. This is a surprisingly good … Continue reading ‘Patrick’ – Grief is Laid Bare in this Emotional Tragicomedy

AFI 2020 – Found Family and Femininity in ‘She Paradise’

Coming of age films have the rare opportunity of exploring all facets of the young adult experience: the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, apart from notable examples like Moonlight, nonwhite teenagers are rarely given the opportunity to have their teen experiences shown on screen. The center of the genre is mostly white teens, which makes any story with a predominantly or completely nonwhite … Continue reading AFI 2020 – Found Family and Femininity in ‘She Paradise’

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E2: Oh God No

[Editors note: this contains minor spoilers for The Mandalorian] Chapter 10: ‘The Passenger’, is my least favourite episode The Mandalorian has ever produced, and it’s not even close. But before you break your neck from the tonal whiplash from last week’s adoring review and this one; to be completely fair, my reaction isn’t even much to do with the actual quality of the episode at … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E2: Oh God No

Review – ‘Spontaneous’ Proves to be Comically Explosive

An allegory for teenage angst, Spontaneous is a new lens of adolescence as it goes in depth while being wildly unpredictable. A poignant, fast-paced, hilarious and genuinely shocking of-the-moment maximalist portrayal of what the fuck it really feels like to grow up in 2020. It feels like life will just snap to a close at literally any moment so why keep chugging along when it … Continue reading Review – ‘Spontaneous’ Proves to be Comically Explosive

Review – ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ is “The Most 2020 Movie” You’ll See in 2020

It keeps me up at night wondering how many reviewers start their pieces on this sequel to Borat with something like ‘MY NAME A ___. THIS MOVIE IS VERY NICE, HIGH FIVE!’. Honestly though, who can blame them? I was only a six when Sacha Baron Cohen made his most popular debut onto American cinema screens. Yet, the lasting cultural impact of the was, and still is, absolutely staggering. … Continue reading Review – ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ is “The Most 2020 Movie” You’ll See in 2020

AFI 2020 – ‘Sound of Metal’ as a Study in Healing

The portrayal of disabilities in media is akin to a game of Russian roulette. Portrayals can range from slightly tone-deaf to some form of maudlin plea to downright vile demonization depending on what disability the film, show, or book focuses on. Rarely, if ever, does the disabled person in question receive any form of development, and instead they’re used as a learning tool for other … Continue reading AFI 2020 – ‘Sound of Metal’ as a Study in Healing

Review – ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E1: Oh Baby

During the last twenty minutes of this episode I had to remind myself I was watching television. Not the fact that I was literally watching it on a TV screen, rather how this wasn’t a tentpole cinema release but an episode of a web series. The Mandalorian is cinematic in a way that even the heights of something like Game of Thrones never achieved, while … Continue reading Review – ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E1: Oh Baby