All The Beauty and The Bloodshed

Review by Inés Murray Gómez The Sacklers are the billionaire family behind Purdue Pharma, which has come under fire in the last few decades for their historically predatory marketing of the opioid OxyContin. Activists and experts alike consider that their campaigns led to overprescription which significantly contributed to the opioid crisis that has ruined theContinue reading “All The Beauty and The Bloodshed”

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Decision to Leave

Review by James Mahon Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar winning film Parasite (2019) was a landmark event for both South Korean and international cinema in general, disabusing audiences entirely of – as Joon Ho rightly put it – “the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles.” Less than three years later, and once again emerging from the endless poolContinue reading “Decision to Leave”

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Review by Leah Kelly Lady Chatterley’s Lover is one of the most controversial books of the 20th century. Banned in several countries and the subject of a UK trial which allowed the liberalisation of the publishing industry – its publication is an important part of literary history. The plot itself, a Lady falls madly inContinue reading “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”

The Fabelmans

Review by Luke Bradley In the wake of films like Roma (Alfonso Cuarón, 2018), Belfast (Kenneth Branagh, 2022), and the recent Armageddon Time (James Gray, 2022), an aversion to the “director retells their childhood” subgenre is growing. If ever a director has earned the benefit of the doubt, however, it’s Steven Spielberg. With The FabelmansContinue reading “The Fabelmans”

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Review by Shahzaib Ali Rian Johnson brings on the sequel to one of the best films of 2019  Knives Out,  Glass Onion –  A Knives Out Mystery (2022). This one follows Daniel Craig’s Detective Beniot Blanc once again as he is thrusted into a new mystery taking place within an isolated island involving a groupContinue reading “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

Avatar: The Way of the Water

Review by Lila Funge 25 years after Titanic (1997), James Cameron finally returns to the sea for his most recent work Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)…and it is pretty magnificent.  With Cameron inventing new underwater motion capture cameras solely for this project, The Way of Water is unabashedly about its spectacle – not itsContinue reading “Avatar: The Way of the Water”

Empire of Light

Review by Chiara Gregor With Empire of Light (2022), Sam Mendes has attempted two things many filmmakers have before him. Firstly, to write and direct a project themselves, and secondly, to make a film in and about the film theatre. Throughout cinematic history, the theatre has been a favoured locality on screen, as a settingContinue reading “Empire of Light”