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Tag: <span>Features</span>

Remembering Old Hollywood: Memory in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Returning to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, a divisive love letter to Old Hollywood, Grace LaNasa unpacks the nostalgia and fondness the director imbues in his film through the reimaging of reality and a glamorisation of the past. Mar 19, 2023

The Legacy of a Horror Icon: Halloween (1978) to Halloween Ends (2022)

In an era of media dominated by the sequel and reboots, no one was surprised to see that the horror icon Michael Myers was coming back to the big screen. Hollywood’s attempts at revitalising a franchise appear to have one question in common: how is what we—the modern audience—think and …

Interview with the Vampire (2022): the Beginning of An Immortal Universe…

After 28 years, Interview with the Vampire written by Anne Rice has once again been adapted for theatrical release. With Rice’s passing, her son’s involvement in the production, actors of color in the lead roles, this artwork has once again evoked the imagination of audiences. Nov 7, 2022

Transforming Oral Tradition Through Cinema

Every society tells stories; this is the way people make sense of the world around them. Cinema has the ability to animate these stories on screen, using a multiplicity of tools, stitching together and presenting these tales visually, resulting in a richly layered, multi-sensory experience. Whose stories are deemed valuable …

Visions of Gideon

Our previous issue – The Gaze – was about the act of looking and many of our contributors turned to Celine Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. While reading their pieces, I was reminded of another successful queer film: Call Me By Your Name (2017, dir. Luca Guadagnino). The …

She Also Looks Back: The Gaze in Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

“When you are observing me, who do you think I am observing?” Directed by Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) is a careful and elaborate portrait of the “female gaze” and femininity from a perspective of a female director. The film begins with a young French painter …

Promising Young Woman: The Myth of Empowering Trauma

Emerald Fennell’s 2020 film, Promising Young Woman, was marketed as “a #MeToo rape revenge thriller with bite”. However, if you’re expecting a cathartic rape revenge thriller with violent vigilante justice, Promising Young Woman will “bite” you. This film both subverts the conventional representation of trauma, causing a phoenix-like moment in …


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