Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Review by Ben Pantrey It’s been less than a year since Toni Morrison’s death at the age of 88: an event which resulted in an outpouring of public grief from her wide and diverse base of readers. It has brought her to the attention of people who had perhaps overlooked her novels before. The Pieces IContinue reading “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”

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Dark Waters

Review by Niamh Muldowney A banana peel will take 2-5 weeks to decompose. A cardboard box will take around 3 months to decompose. Plastic Bottles can decompose between 500-1000 years. But PFOA cannot decompose naturally. And you probably have no idea what that is.  Mark Ruffalo’s latest film Dark Waters tells the story of RobContinue reading “Dark Waters”

Vivarium

Review by Luke Bradley Vivarium is the story of a young couple, played by Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, who find themselves trapped in a mysteriously endless suburban estate following a house viewing. Soon realising they are the subject of a sick experiment by unseen extra-terrestrial overlords, they resort to their only given means ofContinue reading “Vivarium”

Call of the Wild

Review by Sonny Daly Call of the Wild ticks all the boxes when it comes to being a comforting vessel of escapism. Exhausted from shenanigans the night before, it seemed like nothing would perk up my cold soul that damp Thursday morning, but I found a warm light in the form of a goofy butContinue reading “Call of the Wild”

Underwater

Review by Johannes Black Underwater continues in the tradition of H. P. Lovecraft-inspired science fiction, with notable predecessors including Jack Arnold’s Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989), and Barry Levinson’s much-understated Sphere (1998). It is exciting and blood-curdling terrain, whose B-movie possibilities have inspired a generation of filmmakers. It shouldContinue reading “Underwater”

2020 Oscars: The Recap

Written by Mia Sherry This year’s Academy Awards are, for the most part, haunted by their losses. Felt considerably more keenly this year than preceding years due to the overwhelming wealth of brilliant films that were released, the conversation around what would (or what should) win was tainted by discussion of nomination snubs: The Farewell,Continue reading “2020 Oscars: The Recap”

The Case for Best Picture: Parasite

Written by Eoin O’Donnell With every new year comes the inevitable period of tribalism that pits all manner of incomparable films against each other like rabid sports teams: awards season. It’s the time where great movies are reduced to one-sentence dismissals and brushed aside like dirt in the hopes of holding up your own indisputable,Continue reading “The Case for Best Picture: Parasite”

The Case for Best Picture: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Written by Steven Hanrahan What more is there left to say about Quentin Tarantino that hasn’t already been said? Both the man himself and his filmography have been extensively, obsessively scrutinized by cinephiles and ‘film bros’ alike for nearly three decades now, ever since he shot to cult movie infamy with 1992’s Reservoir Dogs. OfContinue reading “The Case for Best Picture: Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood”

Mr. Jones

Review by Aaron Gorman Films based on true events possess a hard-to-capture emotional resonance.  When placed against a winter palette that suppresses any promise of colour, it’s easy to spot the ‘real’ people on screen starving during the Holodomor, Stalin’s genocidal famine of 1932-33.  Polish director Agnieszka Holland would have no doubt felt a responsibilityContinue reading “Mr. Jones”