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Category Archives: Film

Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling

We are still at a point where far less than half the movies we see have a clear female protagonist, even though women are half of the population. If women as an ENTITY are not properly represented, their stories not told, what chance then do women of colour have? Read more »

A matter of time: very long films

It’s a fatal moment for any film lover: that instant when you look away from the screen and check your watch, holding it up to the light to judge how much time is left before you can escape. A wince of pain as you realise there are still 40 minutes to go. Read more »

In defence of Adoration

Just from watching the film trailer you can intuit that Adoration, the recent Australian/French co-production directed by Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel), would screen to some unsympathetic audiences. Adapted from a novella called The Grandmothers by the recently departed Doris Lessing, Adoration (originally titled Two Mothers and … Read more »

Going with the flow: new ways of watching films

I was in New York recently, where my time was mostly spent seeing films in the Allan Dwan retrospective series at MoMA. During my month long visit, I was most excited about seeing Escape To Burma (1955), starring my favourite Old Hollywood actress Barbara Stanwyck. So, it … Read more »

Slim recognition: on the presence of women in film

On July 30, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appointed a new president; Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be the thirty-third head of the Academy, but only the third woman to hold the position. This is almost as bad as there being only one female winner … Read more »

‘Rich Bitch’: Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring

Based on the incredible real-life escapades of five middle-class Calabasas teenagers, Sophia Coppola’s latest film as writer/director, The Bling Ring, is a cautionary tale about the absurdity and dangers of lusting after vacuous celebrity lifestyles. Inspired by the Vanity Fair article ‘The Suspects Wore Louboutins‘ by Nancy Jo … Read more »

Editors’ picks for July: Before Sunrise and Sunset and Hannibal

The Before Sunrise trilogy — Emily Laidlaw, Marketing Co-ordinator I’ve been waiting nine years for Before Midnight, the follow up to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2005). Given that director Richard Linklater and lead actors/screenwriters Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke have exhausted all times of the day (Before Midday?), … Read more »

‘Spring Breakers Forever!’ Film in an era ‘Post-Everything’

There is a memorable sequence in Harmony Korine’s latest film Spring Breakers where wacked-out deviant ‘Alien’ (James Franco) plays Britney Spears’ ‘Everytime’ on a piano against a sun-kissed backdrop. As he sings, three bikini-clad college girls, sporting bright pink balaclavas and toting shotguns, dance around excitedly. The … Read more »

The rom-com isn’t dead – it’s just a bit unstable

Several years ago, the romantic comedy was pronounced dead. In an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times, Sam Wasson pointed the finger squarely at Hollywood. Big studios were allowing the genre to drown in a sea of humourless mediocrity. On the surface, Wasson had a point: … Read more »

Award season: Oh, the horror

Everybody loves the Hollywood awards season. It’s a magical time of year when all your favourite stars get dressed up to the nines to receive awards honouring them for all their hard work – and I’m sorry, it’s only the second sentence and already I want to … Read more »