The Thing About Harry – hit me hard ★★★★

When Hulu first announced its new gay rom-com, I was sceptical: a young, attractive, white tw*nk who falls in love with his high school bully … where have I heard that one before? At first, I wasn’t even going to…

The Invisible Man – The ultimate cat and mouse ★★

I am a sucker for all things horror. The blood, gore, jump scares, and cinematic screams are all well and good, but the perfect horror has to have a great twist to prevent it from becoming a horror for the…

Love Letter (1953): Masculinity, survival, and the nation-state

Set in 1950 post-war Japan under the American Occupation – Reikichi, our quiet, melancholy protagonist, wanders around roads and railway stations in the hopes of finding his childhood sweetheart, Michiko, whose last letter he keeps in his wallet. Reikichi translates…

Escape from Pretoria – You won’t believe it’s a true story ★★★★

Based on true events, Escape From Pretoria follows Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) who was arrested for distributing leaflets against the South African apartheid regime. He was subsequently imprisoned for twelve years, along with his colleague Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), both…

March 2020 – films, TV shows, plays, albums, and books to look forward to

After a culturally poor February, you will be glad to hear that there is much more to look forward to in March! Films Continuing with the theme of horror films from February: personally I am extremely excited for the release…

Waiting for Anya: Not worth the wait ★★

Tackling the Holocaust warrants bravery and rendering such a tragedy into fiction for young audiences is a noble intention. Upon first glance, I assumed Waiting for Anya would possess the same brilliantly powerful flare as The Boy in the Striped…

Bombshell – fox in the #MeToo hen house

There’s an irony of a proto-MeToo movement taking place in the halls of the fiercely conservative Fox News’ offices in 2016. Yet Jay Roach’s Bombshell subverts this irony. He provides context to the origins of the scandal while giving humanity…

Call Me When You Get This: In conversation with Sebastian Mullen

Call Me When You Get This premiered on the 31st of January 2020. Second-year IR student Sebastian Mullen wrote, starred in, co-edited, and co-directed the film alongside his sister Sophie-Anne. I was lucky enough to see it prior to its…

Just Mercy – redemption, justice, and more besides ★★★

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx star in this refined, fresh, yet emotionally bruising interpretation of the relationship between lawyer and client. Walter McMillan (Foxx) is put on death row, convicted for murder on the basis of flimsy evidence and…

What’s coming up: February 2020 in film, in print, on TV, and on stage

Films Perhaps the most anticipated film in February is Birds of Prey, the Suicide Squad spin-off, which says a lot about the quality and quantity of choice this month. Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the film follows her metamorphosis…