Cold Takes · Film · Review

Some Cold Takes: The Lost City of Z and Ghost in the Shell

The Lost City of Z Patriarchy’s one hell of a drug innit? Percy Fawcett can just go off to Bolivia, searching for his lost city, neglecting his wife and children who carry on in England without him. Whiteness is toxic. He tries to disrupt paternalistic eurocentrism by searching for civilisation in Southern America, yet neglects… Continue reading Some Cold Takes: The Lost City of Z and Ghost in the Shell

Analysis · Books · Games · Not Film

Looking at: The Handmaid’s Tale and Analogue: A Hate Story

There is a link between participatory media and consent. Unless you’re in a Clockwork Orange type situation the audience always has the option of disengaging with a work of art. We can put down the book, walk out of the theatre, turn off the television. By making the active choice to continue engaging with a… Continue reading Looking at: The Handmaid’s Tale and Analogue: A Hate Story

Female Filmmakers · Film · Review

Certain Women: A film with resolve

If Certain Women feels empty it is almost certainly by design. What better way to ring in Women’s History month than with this collection of stories regarding the diminishing effect the patriarchy has in the modern age? Kelly Reichardt is one of modern cinema’s leading formalists, exploring the place of women in society within her… Continue reading Certain Women: A film with resolve

Games · Review

Fist Fight: Improv is no excuse for tastelessness

I think the actors in this joint were afraid of the grown up swears. Like, when filming nobody was too sure whether they were aiming for the PG13 or the R rating. In America your fucks, shits, and cunts are the grown words; your bitches, however, are fine. The characters in this film say ‘bitch’… Continue reading Fist Fight: Improv is no excuse for tastelessness

Film · Review

20th Century Women: Hanging With the Gals

At 20th Century Women’s best moments it’s got this real chill hangout movie vibe. A loose, easygoing slide that puts the audience into the headspace that Santa Barbara probably deserves. Work probably does get done there but right now it feels like a million miles away. The punk scene’s still alive, Reagan is not yet… Continue reading 20th Century Women: Hanging With the Gals