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The Monsterverse and its Lack of Compelling Human Characters

WARNING: This contains spoilers to the Monsterverse films: Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021). There’s a clever ode to Planet of the Apes in Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong, the fourth film in Legendary’s…

Road to Oscars, Short Films

ROAD TO OSCARS: The Live Action Shorts (2021)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, four of the five live action short films nominated at the 2021 Oscars revolve around policing or the prison system. After a year of protests for racial justice around the world, these short films seek to further examine the relationship between civilians and…

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Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: The Banishing (2021)

Borley Rectory is a name that lives in infamy in the UK and has birthed countless books and films, after being given the moniker of The Most Haunted House in England by ‘psychic researcher’ Harry Price. Price becomes the character Harry Reed (Sean Harris) in…

Film Reviews, Horror, Shudder

REVIEW: Jakob’s Wife (2021)

The potential horrors of married life are on full display before first blood is even drawn in Travis Stevens’ ever so slightly fresh bite at the vampire genre, Jakob’s Wife. Familiar faces of scare-fests, Barbara Crampton and Bob Portal play Anne and pastor Jakob Fedder;…

Film Reviews, War

REVIEW: The Eight Hundred (2021)

The Second Sino-Japanese War and how it evolved into the Pacific’s involvement in WWII has largely, criminally been left out of the history curriculum in the UK. Beyond Pearl Harbour, you would be forgiven for lacking awareness of the Chinese and Japanese conflict that inflicted…

Film Reviews, Thriller

REVIEW: Goodbye, Butterfly (2021)

How far is too far when a child has been lost? In the wake of his young daughter’s abduction and brutal murder, a grieving father becomes fixated with an oddball neighbour who he believes committed the crime in Tyler Wayne’s schlocky thriller Goodbye, Butterfly.  The…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cowboys (BFI Flare 2021)

When it comes to trans visibility, mainstream entertainment narratives have a tendency to lean towards showcasing adults’ stories. This then leaves a gaping hole when it comes to stories of young people navigating their gender identity, unfortunately unconsciously feeding into this belief that children are…

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Low-Key but Legit: The Wondrous Women of Bong Joon-ho

For Asian women of the past, present and future. *Contains spoilers for some of Bong Joon-ho’s films. “Stop!” shouts Officer Kwon Kwi-ok (Ko Seo-hie) with all her might to get her male colleagues to focus on the radio playing Sad Letter, a song the killer…

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Horror Preview 2021

After Covid wreaked havoc with 2020’s cinematic schedule – not to mention sending the UK into several national lockdowns – the industry was left reeling with scores of films either bumped to VOD or delayed for post-pandemic distribution. But as things (slowly) start to look…

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