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Toronto Film Festival Roundup

Every year in September, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns, hoping to present the best Canadian and International cinema. This year it ran from September 8 to 18 and offered film screenings, workshops, and discussions, among other activities for attendees. Unlike other global film festivals, TIFF allows the festival’s attendees to give out the […]

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Review: Crimes of the Future

One of the first images we see in David Cronenberg’s new film Crimes of the Future is a small boy eating a plastic bin, foaming at the mouth. He does not seem to register that this is unusual, but his mother clearly feels differently: she responds by smothering him with a pillow. Opening with an […]

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Review: See How They Run

The “murder mystery” once filled British bookcases and cinemas. Whilst the novels of Agatha Christie remain popular, murder mystery films had largely disappeared. That was, until the brilliant Knives Out was released in 2019. This film acknowledged the ridiculousness of the genre but pushed it further, creating a great meta-comedy which subverted the genre’s tropes. […]

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Review: Bodies Bodies Bodies

Fuelled by cocaine, comedy and a Charli XCX soundtrack, Bodies Bodies Bodies makes an unlikely slasher. As a strange trail of mystery killings unravels one by one at a “hurricane party” in a mansion, a friendship group must figure out who is the murderer before they are next. In its remote, American environment, it feels […]

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In Defence Of: Practical Magic

CW: domestic abuse, violence Every September, as soon as jumper weather arrives and the leaves start changing colour, I welcome in the Autumn by watching Practical Magic. It’s a perfect seasonal film, featuring witches, idyllic New England landscapes, and a soundtrack full of Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. What’s not to love? A lot, according […]

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Jean Luc-Godard – A Filmmaker That Lived and Died on his Own Terms

Jean-Luc Godard, who always forged his own way in cinema- leading The French New Wave and later the radical film movement- forged his own way in death. Aged 91, he chose to die by assisted suicide at his home in Switzerland. Sight & Sound magazine once ranked him as the third most influential director of […]

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EIFF: Official Competition Review

Predictability is often a quality in a movie’s plotting that leaves it open for derision. In film, the audience should be taken on a journey that they aren’t expecting, revelling in the twists and turns of the narrative as it is revealed. In the case of Official Competition, directing duo Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s […]

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EIFF 2022: Dream Agency Review

Dreams are famously rather nebulous and unfathomable things. Their elusive nature makes them objects of fascination, readily able to be picked apart in our great search for meaning. Dreams have proven to be fertile ground in cinema that film, both celluloid and digital, can possibly open up. Dream Agency unsurprisingly concerns itself with dreams in […]