Features, Musical

Spectacular Spectacular – ‘Moulin Rouge!’ at 20

At the very first Moulin Rouge test screening, 20th Century Fox did not tell the audience that the film was a musical. Studio executives were worried. Looking back, it feels impossible that anyone would have worried about Moulin Rouge. It was the final installment of…

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Hampton v Hollywood

As ever, this year’s Academy Awards consisted of a strange celebration of trauma from the perspective of the elite, from the trial of Brock Turner in Promising Young Woman to the murder of George Floyd in Two Distant Strangers. The collective agony of the masses…

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It’s Called Fashion, Look it Up!

As today is the first Monday in May, we should be enjoying the red carpet photographs from the Met Gala, one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Unfortunately last year’s event, which had one of the most exciting sounding concepts in years –…

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The Queer Question Mark – Should Straight Actors Play Gay?

In a welcome change of pace, the 93rd Academy Award nominations featured some of the most diverse choices in recent Oscar history. However, the acting nominations continued to contribute to a well-established trend, namely straight performers being nominated for their portrayals of queer characters. Some…

Features, Interviews

How We Made True History of the Kelly Gang

After premiering at Toronto International Film Festival in September 2019 and moving onto Glasgow Film Festival in February 2020, True History of the Kelly Gang was finally released in the US on April 24, 2020 (exactly a year ago). Unfortunately this release was on VOD…

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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…

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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…