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‘Under the Shadow’ Review – Feminist Horror Stories and the Veil

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Voldemort Is Back.

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Dear Wizards of the Magical World, These are dark times. Really dark. Darker than the time when you face a Dementor. Darker than what us Muggles call the jet black iPhone 7 these days. And it’s because Voldemort is back. In my letter to you here, he is a symbolic representation – of intolerance, hatred, exclusivity and discrimination. He is stronger than ever, and no feeble love charms can do…

On watching Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket

On watching Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket

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At some point in his career, Jean-Luc Godard has allegedly declared that “Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is the German music.” He was certainly one of the more stylistically original of the French auteur filmmakers, never subjecting himself (unlike Godard) to the compromises necessitated by commercial cinema. His 1959 film Pickpocket is by many regarded as his masterpiece, with the film topping…

Reviewing Baz Luhrmann’s ‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. 

Embrace of the Serpent: With Director Ciro Guerra

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.

‘Spectre’ (2015) Review: Old Villain, New Threats

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Beginning with a memorable opening sequence tearing through Mexico’s eerie Day of the Dead celebrations, Spectre is captivating throughout. The action is tense, the dialogue is at times teasing and humorous, the retro is creatively remixed while remaining original, and the film contemplates a number of interesting contemporary themes. There is a significant amount of retrospective continuity, connections between director Sam Mendes’s latest Bond contribution and the rest of the recent tetralogy,…

“Ida” (2013) – Film Review

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“Ida” (2013) is a black-and-white film with a boxy academy ratio. The film follows a short road trip journey between Ida and her aunt Wanda as they dive into their family history. A girl called Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a novice nun and an orphan, is about to take her vows. Advised by the Mother Superior before taking the step to vow chastity, poverty and obedience to serve God, she makes…

Review of “The Imitation Game” (2014) at the Pillow Cinema

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There are very few things in life more satisfying than lying in bed while streaming films on Netflix to wind down after a long day, especially when you also get a warm blanket and some velvety hot chocolate in cold winter days. The Pillow Cinema took this concept forward and created a fascinating cinema experience in Shoreditch. Having renovated an unused underground station, the cinema regularly screens both new blockbusters…

“Her” (2013) – Film Review

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In our common pursuit of love and connection, humans have created a fascinating range of technology-based products from online dating websites like OkCupid, popular mobile dating apps such as Tinder and Happn, to the newest product named “Invisible Boyfriend” which allows you to interact with a virtual boyfriend whom you “build” from scratch according to your preferences. With the stigma of meeting “online strangers” long gone, it seems like there…

“Like Crazy” (2011) – Film Review for LSESU Film Society Screening

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  Last Tuesday, the LSESU Film Society organised the screening of “Like Crazy” (2011). This Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner is directed by Drake Doremus, starring prominent actors including Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence and Alex Kingston. “Like Crazy” centres on the long distance relationship between Anna (Felicity Jones) and Jacob (Anton Yelchin). Anna, a student from England, and Jacob meet at university in Santa Monica and…