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Film Festival Born-to-Ruin-1900x560-1413286858

Every person is different. Every relationship is unique, with its own ups and downs, its own intricacies and complexities. Any group has its own dynamics that are worked out over time, its own ways of functioning, its own definition of functional. Everybody has a story, and no two stories are alike. All of these things are fairly …

Film Festival Force Majeure (dir. Ruben Östlund)

In Ruben Östlund’s hilarious take on the family drama, comedy abounds when the epic is juxtaposed with the quotidian. A family vacation is turned sour when a believed threat for their lives forces man and wife to look deeply into each other’s fundamental characteristics. In long conversations, they express deep emotions over seemingly trivial and circumstantial ideals…

Reviews whiplash

Anyone going to a jazz performance in a theatre or bar is more than likely there to relax, take in the smooth music, and enjoy a bit of culture. Those clubs or events are portrayed on film as a little haven away from the ear smashing noise and nerve shredding stress of the real word, a place to retreat to in order to unwind. However…

Film Festival InherentViceFullSize

Sometimes life hits you with a bunch of complicated shit when all you really want to do is spin a Neil Young record and roll another number. Inherent Vice is a film about that feeling. It’s about other things, too: capitalism, counterculture, California. It’s also about how much Paul Thomas Anderson, the film’s director …

Film Festival Leviathan
(dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev)

As a grand, unequalled presence, Leviathan refers to the invisible forces that govern the moral and social world: religious and political bodies. Visual metaphors are presented in large expanses of water, a giant skeleton, and a bulldozer. These symbols display a contrast of sorts: they are natural and mechanical; their great presence is visible. The great forces, however, behind…

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When Clueless begins, Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) is shallow, self-centered, and vacuous. The most popular girl in her incredibly rich, Beverly Hills high school, Cher dishes out pseudo-spiritual guidance like Confucius raised exclusively on Cosmo, explaining her own philosophy in deliciously facile bon mots that she …

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Short film is an extremely underrated medium. It doesn’t matter how low or high the budgets are, the art in the constraints of short film is difficult to master. Take into account the full story depicted in a regular length feature: setting set up, plot, and full story. In short film, these elements must be infused in the first …

Reviews Dracula-Untold-Wallpapers

In recent years Universal Pictures must surely have been casting envious glances across the Hollywood lot toward Marvel, and to a lesser extent DC, following the astronomical success of their franchises. As they inevitably rummaged around down the back of their sofa they found a series of characters that could …

Film Festival You’re Sleeping Nicole
(dir. Stéphane Lafleur)

Shot with a 60s aesthetic resembling the French New Wave, but conveying circumstances present only in the 21st century, this absurdly comedic Quebec film puts together art and satire to decent at best ends. In 35mm black and white, a young girl careens through a life of purposelessness and ennui. She displays an evident complex of self-entitlement and naiveté, as one may expect…

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