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Reviews Legend

Tom Hardy’s dual performance in Legend as real-life identical twin gangster brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray is a remarkable one. The film itself, unfortunately, does not live up to its title. Narrated by Reggie’s wife Francis (Emily Browning), we watch as the Kray brothers rule…

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The Boy and the World, originally titled O Menino e o Mundo tell the simplistically beautiful story of a Boy, who, sparked by the disappearance of his father, embarks on a journey to find his dad and get his family back together. As his journey takes him across the world, the Boy is confronted with themes of civilization, industrialization and …

NP Approved The Fantastic Mr Fox

There’s a lot of Wes Anderson in his 2009 adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox, possibly as much authorship as Roald Dahl, the author of the book on which the film is based. From the first frame, we can tell that the story is going to be told on a plane, with 90 degree angles being the sharpest turns we take, from the whip-pans of…

Film Festival Forsaken (dir. Jon Cassar, 2015)

The Sabbatical is about a middle-aged photography professor on sabbatical. He’s under an immense amount of pressure from the university to deliver a second great book of photos. He spends his time in the local park trying to capture photos and be inspired. His artistic edge is is all but gone until he meets a…

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I studied the Sonderkommandos in my undergraduate years, mainly by reading chapters of Primo Levi’s “The Drowned and the Saved”. In part, the book explored how the Sonderkommandos were the Nazi regime’s attempt to delude the Jews of their victim status. The Sonderkommandos were entirely Jewish prisoners, who assisted at the …

Reviews Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

When Ang Lee, one of the finest directors working today, brought to life the popular and highly regarded Chinese wuxia-romance novel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000, I doubt he had any idea the impact it would have. Based on the second novel in a five-part series (that has yet to be translated into English) by Du Lu Wang, Lee …

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