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Always on my Mind: A very brief look at heartbreak on film

Heartbreak is a hard concept to wrestle with on film, mostly because it’s hard enough to wrestle with in real life. Whether you’ve experienced it or not, real and profound heartbreak is something which is oft represented, but seldom understood on celluloid. Often it is from such depths which our greatest, most passionate cinematic expressions […]

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Ouija: Origin of Evil

“I went to see Ouija: Origin of Evil last night”, was the remark. “Were you reviewing it or do you just hate yourself?” was the response. The former was the case, but honestly I can understand the confusion. The plot synopsis will be brief, mainly because there is not a whole lot of plot in […]

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi’s follow-up to 2014’s excellent What We do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople centers around Ricky, a seemingly troubled child who is passed from foster family to foster family by an uncaring child protection agency before finally settling in a scenic slice of New Zealand bushland with loving Aunt Bella and her […]

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Define Me: The Human Condition on Film

In explorations such as this, one is always told to define their terms. What then, does one do when the term they are exploring is indefinable? Here refer to the Human Condition: it’s an abstract and oft-referred to term which would benefit from definition but maddeningly resists it in turn. If you really needed to, […]

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The Other Side of the Door

Set in India, an American couple living abroad lose their young son, Oliver in a tragic road accident. Stricken with grief, the boy’s mother  (Sarah Wayne Callies) is told of an ancient ritual wherein she can bring her son back and say her final goodbye. A door acts as a barrier between these two worlds, […]

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LGBT+ month: LGBT+ relationships are often depicted as something for us to marvel at on film

Love, both heterosexual and homosexual, is something which is historically sensationalised in the celluloid world. On the former, a quick cursory glance at the plethora of romantic comedies which – especially at this time of year – flood the marketplace, would demonstrate this point. Falling deeply and unconditionally in love with the man or woman […]

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The 33

Being the inevitable filmic retelling of the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, this is a project which has been a long time coming. Yet despite the five year gap between the real event and the film’s release, it still manages to seem like a rushed hatchet job. Most apparent is how lazy the writing is. It […]

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The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker recounts the story of Tilly Dunnage, a glamorous designer who returns to her rural Australian roots to seek answers, redemption and, ultimately, revenge for the apparent wrongdoings in her ambiguous past. The proceeding narrative spends its two hour runtime jumping between tones and genres with playful, even reckless abandon, regularly coming close but […]