Film Review: To All The Boys: Always and Forever

The third in the To All The Boys trilogy, Always and Forever follows Lara Jean in her senior year of high school. After returning from a family trip to Korea, she is faced with decisions surrounding college and the future of her relationship with Peter. Although equally as cheesy as the previous two films, Always and Forever manages to remain a lighthearted distraction from reality without becoming ‘cringe’. The Netflix rom-coms haven’t resorted to simplistic plots that rely on the common tro

Film Review: Yes, God, Yes

Opening in a Catholic sex education class, the tone is immediately set for this coming of age movie. Based on the director’s own experience, ‘Yes, God, Yes’ follows the experiences of teenage Alice during the 2000s. She is faced with the mixed emotions of puberty and sexual desire while trying to comprehend the teaching of her Catholic school that claim it is a sin to act on these urges. Although a very interesting concept, I was easily disengaged by the plot which felt repetitive, while any p

Film Review: Soul

Normally avoidant of Disney films, I was hesitant about Soul, but its Jazz imagery enticed me, especially after watching Coco and loving the soundtrack. The title, Soul, plays on both the music that main character Joe obsesses over and the spiritual idea – disappointingly, the latter was focused on most. However, despite usual Disney tropes of morality and life experience, Soul manages to have an unpredictable plot that takes place between “The Great Beyond ” and earth. While an interesting p

Film Review: Death to 2020

Expecting an intense darkness from this film, especially with an imminent third lockdown, I was surprised by Death to 2020’s distracting humour. With typical Brooker satire, Death to 2020 flips between ‘interviews’ of historians (Hugh Grant) to you average member of public (Diane Morgan), and genuine news segments, with a humorous voiceover commentary. While looking back on the abundance of atrocities that happened in 2020, from the Australian bushfires and Trump’s impeachment to the tragic de

Film Review: The Boys In The Band

Set in 1968 in New York City, The Boys In The Band is a big-screen adaptation of the play with the same name by Mart Crowley. Premiering Off-Broadway in 1968, it was revived on Broadway for its 50th anniversary in 2018 and had such success that it was adapted by Netflix using the same 2018 stage cast. With constant self-criticism, a group of homosexual men deal with ageing, their sexualities and their myriad of vices, from alcohol abuse to cannabis to a constant need to travel. Hiding their s

Film Review: How To Build A Girl

“I do not think my adventure starts with a boy; I think it starts with me”. Based on the novel of the same name by Caitlin Moran, How To Build A Girl follows sixteen-year-old Johanna Morrigan, played by Beanie Feldstein, as she navigates aspirations of being a powerful journalist. Discussing philosophy with her wall of powerful women, from Frida Khalo to Sylvia Plath, Johanna embodies youthful feminism. After a failed poetry reading, she ventures into writing rock music reviews despite her fa

Laura Duval - Issue Two Interview

My biggest inspirations in film are the people in my life who're regularly making videos. Alex Kovar (@rawheadlex and @rawhead.rex) is one of them - we’ll be celebrating our 10-year friendiversary soon. She’s always been the filmhead in the relationship, and I'm the drawer. She uses one of those old camcorders that everyone used to shoot home videos on, and it just bakes nostalgia into every shot. I was thinking a lot about her work when Via Perkins (@vialiveshere) asked me to shoot her music vi

Ariana DiValentino - Issue Two Interview

• How do you find new people to work with? I'm not sure I actively seek out collaborators. I already know so many cool, interesting creatives, who I met at film festivals or through friends or on different jobs – many of whom I've never collaborated with before, but would love to if the right opportunity arises. It's definitely nice to have a phone full of people I could call on, but it's also great to just see them doing their own projects. It can be a great source of inspiration, and it

Laura Moscrop - Issue 1 Full Interview

• None How do you find new people to work with? My way of finding new people to work with is by using Facebook groups. I also find new people via Instagram too. I am in a few groups for North East Creatives so I often go there in search of collaborations. When I do work with people I usually find people that have the same motives as me so we can have a great experience creating something. • None What has been your favourite project so far? My favourite project so far has been my current proje

Zahra Shahsavari - Issue 1 Full Interview

1. How do you find new people to work with? I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some amazing creatives while at University in London! This has led me to building a really great crew which I can work with for the majority of my projects, but I also like to reach out to people via Instagram. It’s a great platform to see people’s work and connect with those who are in the area. 2. What has been your favourite project so far? My favourite project so far has been the new Spilt Milk Music Video for

A Discussion of How Film Reflects Politics: V for Vendetta

Despite being released 15 years ago, the political relevance of ‘V for Vendetta’ remains unchanged - in fact possibly more pertinent to a modern audience. A significant role ‘V for Vendetta’ plays in helping to explain my understanding, and love of, film is how different forms of media have had the same important role of reflecting, or warning us of, the current reality. While the ‘V for Vendetta’ comic book was originally published almost 40 years ago, the film permeated popular culture within

Film Review: Circus of Books

Using a mixture of interviews, childhood video footage and news clips, Circus of Books is a documentary about a Jewish Heterosexual couple in California. Since 1982, in a time when homosexuality was unspeakable, they’ve owned Circus of Books – a hardcore gay adult store. Although LA had a huge gay scene, men would still be arrested which could cause serious implications. Demonstrations began against police brutality along with death from the AIDS epidemic. Circus of Books then became a safe pl

Film Review: A Secret Love (2020)

A Secret Love is a heartwarming documentary about two women, Pat and Terry, who kept their six-decade-long love hidden. Having explained “living in the states is expensive” as their reason for living together, everyone around them believed they were just close friends. Eventually, the pair felt they needed to stop the secret, and the film looks back on that process, views on homosexuality at the time and the gay community they had built up during hiding, as well as looking back at the people wh

Film Review: Beautiful Boy

Despite describing the come-down as an "intense, horrible, wrenching pain like someone had come in with a vacuum cleaner and just sucked out every good feeling that [he]'d ever had in [his] whole life." his battle with addiction lasted until 2008 when he stayed clean for 2 years before relapsing twice. Although, Nic is now clean. "The first time I did a line of crystal, it was like my whole world changed," Nic says. "I just felt confident and strong and like I could do anything. I felt like a r

Film Review: The Favourite

After a goats cheese salad, a look at my watch and then a run to my local cinema, Tyneside , my friend and I arrived (as the door to the screen shut) to see the much anticipated The Favourite. Full of humour, The Favourite makes what could have been a hard-hitting or overly tense plot a fun and easy-to-watch blockbuster. Although I may be biased in my admiration for Emma Stone , The Favourite has given me a new-found appreciation for Olivia Colman - who I previously viewed as the pain-in-the-bum

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