Tag : film

Beautiful Boy Review: LIFF 2018

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Making his cinematic debut last year with his empathic performance in Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet is back with a further dose of melancholic beauty as Nic Sheff in his latest film, ‘Beautiful Boy’. And it really is beautiful, in several ways. The style in which it is … Read More

Widows Review: LIFF 2018

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With the directing power of Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Shame), and the writing talent of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Widows was a film I had been strongly anticipating for a while, and that anticipation was certainly fulfilled. This is a movie which ties components of a heist thriller … Read More

Sorry To Bother You Review: LIFF 2018

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The Leeds International Film Festival, also known as LIFF, opened on the first of November with the surreal yet wickedly funny film Sorry To Bother You. In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, we follow the life of a black man named Cassius Green who is struggling financially and in … Read More

The Old Man and the Gun Review: LIFF 2018

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Billed as Robert Redford’s final film before retirement, The Old Man and the Gun centres on the true story of 70 year-old bank robber Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford). After escaping from San Quentin, he performed a series of heists that fascinated and captured the imagination of the public in the … Read More

Pity Review: LIFF 2018

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Pretending to cry is almost impossible, but for the sullen-faced protagonist of Babis Makridis’ exercise in absurdist dark comedy Pity, crocodile tears are everything. Pity tells the story of a lawyer, played by the stern Yannis Drakopoulos, whose wife is recovering from a long-term coma. This tragic event clouds over … Read More

XXXTentacion: Does Every Musician Deserve a Biopic?

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In light of the news that there will be a new TV show documenting the life of XXXTentacion, Emily Parry takes a look at the controversy surrounding the rapper, and whether he actually warrants such attention. Should a person’s skill subsume basic human decency? This is a question I have … Read More

Ophelia: Not Another Shakespeare Story

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So the verdicts have started to pour in on the latest instalment in an innumerable line of Shakespearean cinematic adaptations. Claire McCarthy’s British historical romantic drama Ophelia, the damsel in question being depicted by Daisy Ridley, has been slandered by the Guardian as lacking any emotional investment; Variety deems it … Read More

Ten Years On: An Ode to Twilight

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With this week marking ten years since Twilight first premiered, Paige Johnston offers her take on the teen-favourite franchise. Ten years have passed since Twilight graced our screens, entered our hearts and created a hoard of vampire and werewolf-loving teenage girls who fawned over Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. They … Read More

#MeToo Gains Momentum in Bollywood

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An eruption of sexual allegations has hit India’s film industry since October when Bollywood’s #MeToo movement began to emerge. The recent outcry of sexual abuse has encouraged greater scrutiny of the film industry, leading to huge programme changes at the Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival, which took place from 25th … Read More

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem Is A Nuanced Look At Palestinian Life

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Leeds Palestinian film festival got underway today with Muayad Alayan’s Palestinian-set domestic drama ‘The Reports on Sarah And Saleem’. Centring around the extra-marital affair of the titular Saleem (Adeeb Safadi), a delivery driver from East Jerusalem who smuggles goods across the West Bank Barrier in order to help provide for … Read More