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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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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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New Cinema Opens at St. James Quarter

Several years ago, I was employed (as a counsellor, videographer, and shit-eater) at one of those overpriced children’s summer camps in the continental United States. On one of my few days off, I cycled along a motorway for a good two hours to come to what I assumed would be a typical suburban multiplex. On […]

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The Slap that Was Heard Around the World

This article was originally submitted on the 4th April It’s hard to think of a greater example of car crash television than what the world collectively witnessed at this most recent Oscars award show. The event is, of course, no stranger to controversy and incompetence: you may recall the Moonlight/La La Land debacle, or when […]

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Oscars 2022 – Much more than a slap, but a slap it was

“Will Smith just slapped the shit out of me.” The video posted by the Guardian has over 77 million views on YouTube, the already iconic image has spawned thousands of memes, and countless remixes have already dropped on TikTok. But the Oscars 2022 was more than a viral punch; there is a lot to unpack.  […]

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Captor Audiences: Robert Pattinson and the Perils of Teen Stardom

This article was originally published in print on the 23rd March When my flatmates and I bought tickets to see Robert Pattinson’s The Batman, we were wholeheartedly expecting to leave the cinema feeling as if we had seen a new chapter of Edward Cullen’s life. Perhaps he had grown bored of being a tortured, grumpy […]

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Downton Abbey: A New Era — Do We Need More?

Highclere Castle, the set of Downton Abbey, in the summer.