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…

Feature // Breaking Sad: The Ever-changing Face of Jim Carrey

Illustration by Thomas Durham. This month sees Jim Carrey return to regular television for the first time since 1994. Best known for playing zany, outlandish characters, Carrey’s new show airing on Showtime (US) and Sky Atlantic (UK) will see him in a role much more in line with the sad clown persona that has dominated…

Review // Mission: Impossible – Fallout

Ethan Hunt returns in the most thrilling outing of the Mission: Impossible series to date.  Hunt (Cruise) and IMF colleagues Benji Dunn and Luther Stickell (Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) are on the hunt to recover three plutonium cores set to be used by anarcho-terrorist group "The Apostles", remnants of The Syndicate from Rogue Nation. After…