Review // Bad Times at the El Royale

What’s better than a good old-fashioned mystery, right? The thrill of a story that has you constantly on the edge of your seat as you second guess everything, until the reveal of a deeper aspect of a character you thought was good all along changes your whole view. That sense of a smooth ride until…

Review // A Star Is Born

A raw and unflinching deconstruction of the music industry machine and the undue pressures forced upon vulnerable and traumatised artists in shameless pursuit of commercial success and societal relevance, anchored by a gut-wrenching performance from Lady Gaga. But enough about the superior Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two – the film actually being reviewed here…

Review // Columbus

Kogonada’s visual love letter to the architecture of a little known city is a triumph for the first time director and two captivating leads. Having wowed during its preview at Sundance Film Festival last year, Columbus is the debut from South Korean video essayist come filmmaker Kogonada, who has made the often difficult transition from…

Review // Skate Kitchen

Initially intended to be a documentary, Skate Kitchen from director Crystal Moselle morphed into a feature film after the success of her short, That One Day. Her acclaimed project used female skaters as subjects for the commissioned ‘Miu Miu Women’s Tales’, a series which critically celebrates femininity in the 21st century. The vibrancy of real characters of the New York…

Feature // 25 Years at the Top: Pixar’s Animated Dynasty

Illustration by Thomas Durham As the curtain falls on Incredibles 2's summer dominance, we examine how Pixar has spent a quarter of a century at the top. Everyone has their favourite childhood films, not all of which are necessarily good. While nostalgia may reign supreme for the likes of Pokemon: The Movie and a future…

Review // The Miseducation of Cameron Post

In 1993, two teenage girls sneak out of their high school prom to the parking lot where, under the dim glow of Friday night lights, they fumblingly caress each other in the backseat of a car. This precious expression of adolescent romance however is juxtaposed against a preceding shot pattern of closeups of nervous hair…