LIFF: ‘The Trouble with Nature’ is Clever and Humorous

The Trouble with Nature is a hilarious, unique, and witty debut film from Danish director Illum Jacobi. This periodic drama follows Eighteenth Century philosopher and scholar Edmund Burke on an imagined voyage through the French Alps in search of evidence for the concept he invited and published in his 1757 book A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. Burke was a Whig politician, an educated white man who invented the concept of the sublime, which refers to something that possess such greatness … Continue reading LIFF: ‘The Trouble with Nature’ is Clever and Humorous

The Iconic, and Troubling, Legacy of the ‘Ghost Stories’ English Dub

English dubs for anime series usually get a bad rep. Oftentimes, they are criticized for being overdramatic or untrue to the character. While some of these criticisms are warranted, the majority are not. It isn’t necessarily the voice actors’ fault, but rather the instructions that they are given for what they are supposed to do and how they are supposed to portray the character they … Continue reading The Iconic, and Troubling, Legacy of the ‘Ghost Stories’ English Dub

LFF 2020 – Making the Most of Moments in ‘Another Round (Druk)’

The recent recipient of the Audience Award for Best Film at LFF, Another Round (Druk) marks the return of Thomas Vintenburg and Tobias Lindholm (co-writer) to the silver screen to deliver their best collaborative piece yet. It explores existentialism, identity and (you’ve guessed it) substance abuse and is being disputed as Vinterburg’s best work since Festen. This Swedish-Danish drama will be representing Denmark as their nomination for the International … Continue reading LFF 2020 – Making the Most of Moments in ‘Another Round (Druk)’

Bright Light: The Evergreen Charm of ‘Gremlins’

Of the many hundreds of movies to fall into the “Christmas” genre, a good majority are tainted by empty cheer and goodwill to all mindless consumers. Rom-coms and Hallmark holiday romances are still trotted out year upon year; endless cash-cows with posters showing off quirky straight couples clad in red and green, surrounded by tat and tinsel and probably holding a puppy (with a bow … Continue reading Bright Light: The Evergreen Charm of ‘Gremlins’

Bruce Campbell is the Lord and Saviour of ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

Ash Vs Evil Dead very much feels like the weakest entry in the much beloved franchise. Which is all well and good, but what really matters when assessing a series like Ash vs Evil Dead is whether or not it justifies its own existence. Bruce Campbell’s Ashley J. Williams character has lived on in fandom since his last feature film, Army Of Darkness (1992). There have been comic books galore, … Continue reading Bruce Campbell is the Lord and Saviour of ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’

LIFF: Loneliness and Love in ‘The Whaler Boy’

The Whaler Boy is an intimate and immersive coming of age story that follows a naive teenage boy, from a remote whaling village in Russia, on his journey to find love. At its heart, Philipp Yuryev’s debut film explores human connection, boarders, longing, and the sacrifices one will make to get what they don’t have. This simple yet entrancing film is a slow-burner that feels … Continue reading LIFF: Loneliness and Love in ‘The Whaler Boy’

‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E4 Review: Homecoming

[Editors note: this review contains mild spoilers for The Mandalorian] I’m lucky to have a great connection with my dad. He’s smart, kind, easy to talk to, we like a lot of the same stuff (he called me up the other night to gush about The Crown, a show I’ve been trying to get him and Mum to watch for years), etc. But, he never … Continue reading ‘The Mandalorian’ S2 E4 Review: Homecoming

Growing Up and Getting Boring (Or Not): Wrestling Reality in ‘Frances Ha’

In what part of life do we decide to be serious? For some people, it starts early. The random person in high school not many people understand who is submitting university applications early and doesn’t have original jokes. In five years or less, they’re employed in a steady job, have a kid and you look at them as you would a car crash: it happened … Continue reading Growing Up and Getting Boring (Or Not): Wrestling Reality in ‘Frances Ha’

‘Ted Lasso’ Hits The Back of The Net

It’s not often that you hear about series based off of a viral commercial. Yet, here I am talking about Ted Lasso, the new Apple TV series based off of some NBC promos to encourage Americans to watch the Premier League. No, seriously. In 2013, Jason Sudeikis travelled across the pond over to White Hart Lane (and the Spurs training grounds) to portray Ted Lasso, an American Football … Continue reading ‘Ted Lasso’ Hits The Back of The Net

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