Tag: Film Review
Film Review – Olivia Wilde’s Don’t Worry Darling: Tragedy and the Pursuit of Perfection
Olivia Wilde’s 2022 feature, “Don’t Worry Darling” blends the macabre and the glamorous against a background of 1950s America. Georgia Smith delves into Wilde’s world of seduction, tension, and Victory.
The Portrayal of Female Desire and Lesbianism in Deepa Mehta’s Fire
Written by Kat Jivkova. Deepa Mehta’s deeply impactive 1996 film, ‘Fire’, is a portrayal of female desire as resistance to Hindu patriarchy. Kat Jivkova asks why, as something deeply embedded in Indian life and a not a mere Western import, this stirred much imagination, and ire, on its release.
Being the Ricardos Review: Sorkin fails to dazzle in detached biopic of I Love Lucy Stardom
Written by Kat Jivkova. ‘I Love Lucy’ was the first big American sitcom, premiering in 1951. Though, the complex relationships behind the scenes, interlocking with the contradictions of the 1950s United States, is something Aaron Sorkin’s mishandled 2021 biopic is judged as being incapable of grasping.
Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’: Confronting Satire and the Immutability of Youth Political Experience
Written by Georgia Smith. Wes Anderson’s 2021 film, ‘The French Dispatch’ satirises youth political culture in the 1960s through depicting the events surrounding the final edition of ‘The French Dispatch’ in a fictional newspaper. Georgia Smith reviews the film, asking how satire can tell an impactful and important story.
The Favourite: Gender and Historical Revisionism
Written by Boryana Ivanova. The 2019 film, ‘The Favourite’ took a bold new approach to historical representation in film. Prioritising the psychological realities of the characters over historical accuracy, is this the future of period drama?
Review: Green Book (2018)
Written by Sophia Aiello. Directed by Peter Farrelly, ‘Green Book’ (2018) was both a success at the box office and the Academy Awards. However, it received a great deal of backlash for its whitewashed portrayal of racism in 1960s America.
Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Mississippi Burning and the Role of American Government in Films of the Civil Rights Era
Written by Suzanne Elliott. Representations of Civil Rights Era law enforcement in cinema since the 1980s have been generous, emphasising a fight for justice and tolerance. In this review, Suzanne Elliott examines how Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) breaks this trend, and why such a disruption is welcome.
Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”: In Defence of Excess
Written by Alden Hill. Critics did not respond well to Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”. Yet, is there more to be said for the excess of the movie?