Melodrama & The Remake: The Cinematic Influence Of Sirk On Fassbinder

All art inspires other art. By telling stories, filmmakers impact people all across the world, and encourage them to tell their own stories. Such is the case with Douglas Sirk, whose 1950s melodramas have inspired many contemporary filmmakers to experiment with the melodramatic form in their own filmmaking practice. Sirk’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows inspired and informed the…

Video: My Top 5 Rom-Coms of All Time

Everyone loves a rom-com. It’s like the perfect go-to for a Friday night movie where you want a happy ending, and you don’t want to think too much. Netflix’s commitment to the genre has brought a rom-com renaissance to our screens in recent years. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Always Be My Maybe, The Kissing…

4 UNDERRATED CITIES TO VISIT ON YOUR NEXT EUROPE TRIP

When I say Europe, where do you think of? Probably London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Berlin etc. If you’ve been to any of these places, you might also be thinking of the thousands of people swarming the Eiffel Tower trying to get the perfect Instagram. Or the long line of people queuing for an overpriced London…

5 REASONS WHY MUSIC FESTIVALS ARE BETTER ALONE

Music festivals are crazy, awesome, messy places, where there’s no phone service and everyone’s usually a little bit drunk. While going with a group can be fun, keeping the group together while everyone tries to see different acts is near impossible, and trying to coordinate with lost friends can be massively stressful. So here I…

BIG LITTLE LIES SEASON 2: Disappointing 2nd Season Fails To Justify Its Existence

Big Little Lies, like thousands of great TV shows and movies before it, has fallen victim to sequel fatigue. The first season, packed with A-List movie stars and a script that danced between witty satire of wealthy parents, and a devastating mediation on abusive relationships, can be fairly called a masterpiece. The mini-series, based on Liane Moriarty’s book…

The Bittersweet Joy of Going Home

Leaving Dublin for the last time was a bittersweet moment. As I prepared to board the first of four planes that would eventually get me home to Australia, I felt a pang of sadness that surprised me. Looking at Dublin Airport fade away from my window seat, I was reminded of the first time I…

BOOKSMART: The Best Film of the Year

I’ve never laughed so much as I did when I saw Booksmart for the first time.  I’ve since seen it four times since, and each re-watch confirms its spot as my favourite film of 2019. On the night before high school graduation, Class President Molly (Beanie Feldstein) and her best friend Amy (Kaitlyn Denver) are faced with…

Glasgow Film Festival 2019 Documentaries: LAST BREATH & ARE YOU PROUD?

My first day at Glasgow Film Festival was a thrill. I attended two world premieres, both with post-show Q&A’s with the cast and directors in what looks to be a great start to what looks to be an exciting weekend. I started the festival with Are You Proud?, a documentary chronicling the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement in the…

Staff Inquiry: Sentimental Childhood Favorites

We’re getting nostalgic with this month’s staff inquiry, as we highlight the films that stuck out to us when we were kids and we still remember fondly today. These are sweet, instinctual loves unfettered by analytical evaluation or acutely trained senses, so it’s kind of like you’re getting a glimpse at our uninhibited selves. And…