a handpicked selection of the 2019 Academy Award nominees

  Roma (2018) dir. Alfonso Cuarón nominated for: Best Picture Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Actress (Yalitza Aparicio) Best Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira) Best Original Screenplay (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Cinematography (Alfonso Cuarón) Best Foreign-Language Film (Mexico) Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan and Jose Antonio Garcia) Best Sound Editing (Sergio Diaz and Skip… Continue reading a handpicked selection of the 2019 Academy Award nominees

girls in uniform (1931) in review: connecting sexuality to anti-authoritarianism

After its initial ban, in the 1970s Weimar film Mädchen In Uniform (1931) (dir: Leontine Sagan) was rediscovered by feminist critics who categorised it as an early 'coming out film'. The narrative follows: a Prussian, authoritarian regime in an all-girls school for families with aristocratic or military backgrounds becomes inhabited by Manuela (Hertha Thiele), the… Continue reading girls in uniform (1931) in review: connecting sexuality to anti-authoritarianism

thelma & louise (1991): redemptive violence, femininity and queering masculine space

[contains spoilers, content warning: rape, sexual violence] This essay weaves together some of the cinematic elements that animate romance, dark comedy, redemptive violence, absurdity, feminism and queer space - tethering them to the centre of the compelling cinematic universe of Thelma & Louise (1991). Callie Khouri's screenplay "I don't remember ever feeling this awake" In writing Thelma… Continue reading thelma & louise (1991): redemptive violence, femininity and queering masculine space

rosemary’s baby (1968): a nightmare of the body

[spoilers and content warning: rape, themes of complications in pregnancy]   Rosemary's Baby (1968) fools us into believing that we are now, fifty years after its production, at a safe distance from its terror. We see a typical young, married couple move into a New York apartment building, into an apartment met with rumours of… Continue reading rosemary’s baby (1968): a nightmare of the body

notes on maniac (2018)

[spoilers] retrofuturism and mental illness Cary Fukunaga's Maniac (2018) is a visual journey that takes us along multiple planes of expedition. Leading separate lives in the same retro-futuristic universe, Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone) and Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) are involved in the latter stages of a pharmaceutical trial for a drug that strives to rid… Continue reading notes on maniac (2018)

saved! (2004): satirising 00s fashion

Saved! (2004) is a criminally underrated translation of high school experience, friendship and faith and the fabric that weaves them all together. Although it is surprisingly unknown, at least in relation to the fame and popularity of some of its lead actors (Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit), it withholds its status as a cult… Continue reading saved! (2004): satirising 00s fashion

hereditary (2018) and its deleted scenes: notes on grief

Some of Hereditary's deleted scenes have recently been circulated and can be seen here. [spoilers] For a film that deals with as much spiritual and visual horror as it does, Hereditary's dissection of grief isn't overshadowed but enforced. Horror seldom realistically presents grief. Considering how dominantly and graphically it portrays death, it's surprising that something that… Continue reading hereditary (2018) and its deleted scenes: notes on grief