Joker: Beyond Good and Evil

I must begin with a confession; like most ~cinephiles~ I tend to turn my nose up at superhero films (hi, Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola!). In a sense, it’s an occupational hazard, which equally shouldn’t really be an excuse. Yet, superhero films in their essence are a source of very accessible, populist entertainment, and that … Continue reading Joker: Beyond Good and Evil

“Money makes the world go ’round… the world go ’round…the world go ’round”: or Exchange in Good Morning

The slice of life that Yasujirô Ozu’s Good Morningpresents to us is as homely and delightful as a freshly baked pie. Through a series of vignette-like neighbourly interactions and daily occurrences runs an ephemeral plot line centring on two brothers going on a silence strike until they are granted their faithful wish: a TV. The brothers, … Continue reading “Money makes the world go ’round… the world go ’round…the world go ’round”: or Exchange in Good Morning

“Nothing is simple”: Gender Stereotypes and Reversals in Talk to Her

“I know a lot about desperate women” declares Marco at the beginning of Talk to Her, a statementthat could have easily come from Almodóvar himself. Although Almodóvar frequently explores the predicaments and triumphs of women in his work, he is equally committed to exploring the boundaries – or the lack thereof – between masculinity and femininity. In Talk … Continue reading “Nothing is simple”: Gender Stereotypes and Reversals in Talk to Her

Darkness Visible: Somnambulant Narrative of Destruction in Sunset

Critically, László Nemes’ Sunset has been dubbed a slightly disappointing follow up to the triumph of Son of Saul. The invasive in-your-face camera work is no longer novel, the meandering plot doesn’t lead anywhere concrete, and the whole odyssey just seems a bit too long. All of these statements are true, but I don’t think these aspects of the … Continue reading Darkness Visible: Somnambulant Narrative of Destruction in Sunset

The Innocent Eye: Soviet Atrocities Through a Child’s Perspective in Burnt by the Sun

When Burnt by the Sun was released back in 1994 it took the world by storm, winning both the Cannes Grand Prix and an Oscar. A large part of its appeal lies in the fact that it was the product of the newly founded Russian Federation, which was finally looking back on its traumatic Soviet past without fear of … Continue reading The Innocent Eye: Soviet Atrocities Through a Child’s Perspective in Burnt by the Sun

“I’m looking at you looking”: Sight and Oversight in The Aviator’s Wife

The conflict within The Aviators Wife is instigate by François overseeing his girlfriend Anne as she leaves her flat with a man. In the briefest of moments, he is able to work out that the man in question is in fact Anne’s ex-lover, the aviator Christian. This sighting sends François’ world into a tailspin. Sleep deprived and … Continue reading “I’m looking at you looking”: Sight and Oversight in The Aviator’s Wife