BFI Flare 2021, Documentary, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cured (BFI Flare 2021)

Whilst today the LGBTQ+ community and its allies are still fighting for a range of rights and freedoms, one that is receiving particular attention at this present moment is the campaign for a ban on conversion therapy. Similarly, during the 60s and 70s, there was…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Potato Dreams of America (SXSW 2021)

Potato Dreams of America is less a narrative film than it is an exploration of memory. It’s the quasi-autobiographical story of the life of writer/director Wes Hurley, from his childhood in the former Soviet Union, to his young adulthood as a gay immigrant in the…

Drama, Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Executive Order (SXSW 2021)

Executive Order opens with a card stating that the story takes place “somewhere in the future,” allocating the viewer in an undetermined space that equally dialogues with present and future while simultaneously pulling from the past. Some of the best products of recent Brazilian cinema…

Film Reviews, Horror, Sundance 2021

REVIEW: Censor (Sundance 2021)

Newsflash: All your favourite slashers are weaker than the censor. It matters not if you’re the next Jason, Freddy or Pinhead, or if you are them, with just one strike the censor can shorten, curb, alter or altogether eliminate their killing spree. And they can…

Film Reviews, Latest, Sundance 2021

REVIEW: Pleasure/Violation (Sundance 2021)

Two takes on sexual subject-matters from women directors that are deliberately provocative, but with very different results. After decades of men directing films featuring women who are nude and in various sexual scenes and scenarios, it is refreshing that we’re starting to see some examples…