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If you can’t beat them, eat them

The Neon Demon, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn│We’ve all been subjected to the unimaginable question of would you rather give up food or sex– a no-win situation that strikes a similar chord of hesitancy to Sophie’s choice. However, we are rarely asked which we would rather be, a delectable dessert or a form of foreplay. Nicolas… Read more »

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The artist in his own work

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, dir. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato│ The very first scenes of Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures are misleading in their conventionality. Simply establishing that the film originated from the preparation of two twin retrospectives of the photographer’s work, these images seem to belong to a much more straightforward TV biopic-documentary than… Read more »

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Love or Friendship?

Love & Friendship, dir. Whit Stillman│With their propensity for either faithfulness at the expense of being stodgy, or modernization to the extent of being unrecognizable, the cinematic adaptations of Jane Austen’s work seem to be a necessary measure in order to maintain the 18th century-novelist’s relevance in our cultural psyche. While her genius is deserving… Read more »

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Conflict Anonymous

The Peacemaker, dir. James Demo│ Padraig O’Malley is not a familiar name to most people, and yet he’s been an important agent in international politics for decades. Working behind the scenes as negotiator, he brings together conflicting countries or people to talk rather than fight. James Demo’s film attempts to understand how this Irishman has… Read more »

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High Four and a Half!

Krisha, dir. Trey Edward Shults│ Krisha is written and directed by the 26-year old American Trey Edward Shults as an expansion of his award-winning short film of the same title. Fans of the Requiem for a Dream by Darren Aronofsky will undeniably be keen on Krisha and will, by all means, consider this one a… Read more »