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The Babadook — Medium

From the very first shot, you can tell that The Babadook has been put together with intelligence and visual flair. Astonishingly, this is writer-director Jennifer Kent’s first feature, but it appears that her previous experience on the other side of the camera has stood her in good stead. When we are first introduced to widowed single mother Amelia, she has put the death of her husband firmly behind her, and seems the very picture of a good neighbour and good nurse. It’s her young son, Sam, who

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

It’s hard to know where to begin in telling you what The Grand Budapest Hotel is “about”. The plot is nested like a matryoshka doll, featuring framing devices within framing devices (and the aspect ratio mirrors this, varying between time periods). It’s probably most accurate to say that it is about M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the concierge of The Grand Budapest Hotel; his young protegé (Tony Revolori), who will later become its owner (F. Murray Abraham); and a painting. I already compared the

Dallas Buyers Club: my least favorite queer movie

Although Jean-Marc Vallée directed one of my all-time favourite queer movies, C.R.A.Z.Y, he has now managed to deliver my perhaps least favourite. The biographic drama Dallas Buyers Club, which is based on a real story, recounts the late life events of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof. When he reacts badly to the trial drug AZT he begins to smuggle effective pharmaceutical drugs from Mexico to Texas  and disseminates those to other AIDS patients. I don’t blame Vallée – although the film is overlong, i

Review: Frozen

Frozen is Disney’s CGI retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, focusing on two royal sisters. The older Elsa, heir to the throne, has a secret she is forced to hide. When this is one day uncovered, it sets in motion an adventure for both her and her excitable younger sister Anna.You may have been blissfully unaware of it, but from the moment Frozen was announced a storm of controversy has been raging around it and many detractors have since voiced their concerns. There were those

Why women like Jeune et Jolie more than men

In his Guardian review of Jeune et Jolie, a story about a 17-year-old schoolgirl who voluntarily turns to prostitution after an underwhelming first sexual experience, Peter Bradshaw claims that “Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Colour was attacked as a movie for middle-aged men; that charge could be made far more powerfully against Jeune & Jolie”. I disagree entirely, and don’t believe that Bradshaw’s claim stands up to scrutiny.   While lesbians of my acquaintance derided Blue is t

Avenues to Power in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Medium

“Women always have to be the eye rollers, as the men make a mess,” said Amy Poehler in a recent New Yorker interview. She could easily have been talking about Gamora’s role in Guardians of the Galaxy, the much-hyped newest entry into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) canon. Let me be completely clear about this: I had a ball watching GotG. It’s a funny, fun, warm movie, and the first Marvel script to have a credited female writer. There is a lot to love about it, but it’s not perfect, and as
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