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Film Review 

Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker – 2016) Review

Director Nate Parker and Birth of a Nation rumbles with the ache of inevitable failure. Where films like Django Unchained allow you the blaxploitation fantasies of exacting vengeance on the worst of the worst; Birth of a Nation wants to reinforce while the historically displaced and disenfranchised have hate tattooed on their very bones. Black voices telling black stories is essential.

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Film Review 

Jackie (Pablo Larraín – 2016) Movie Review

Jackie Kennedy, the woman behind one of the greatest and most influential Presidents in the history of the United States, gets an intimate impressionist portrait. Forging the myths of “Camelot,” interrogating the morality of being a widow in the most drastic and heavily scrutinised circumstance; director Pablo Larraín and hypnotic star Natalie Portman finds ways to render gut punching alternate perspectives to well trodden history. Jackie is a film of three distinct modes. The first is a battle of maintaining the mythical status of JFK and the manipulation of the…

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Film Review 

I Like to Watch: Nerve and Money Monster

Vee is riding on the back of Ian’s motorcycle. They look to Ian’s phone and get a big stakes dare from their Nerve app. In Nerve, viewers front money for players to complete dares. This dare is simple; thousands of dollars, if Ian can ride his motorcycle through New York City, with Vee clutching the back up to 60mph … wearing a blindfold. You’re watching Nerve to ride with the players to success through perilous stakes; as well as observing the sadistic depths of the watchers coaxing them into escalating…

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Features Opinion 

The Maze and the Mind: Musings on Episodes 2, 3 & 4 of Westworld

The conclusion of episode one of Westworld was a shot that launched 10,000 fan theories. Jeffrey Wright’s Bernard Lowe, head technician behind the scenes in Westworld, assures one of his staff members that host Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is definitely all clear to continue her role in the ‘game’ and that she would never hurt a living thing – namely the customers. Cue the final shot of the episode where a fly lands on Dolores’ face; which she swiftly swats to death. Series creators  Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are…

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Film Review 

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford – 2016): The Wretched

Nocturnal Animals is a dark tragedy. Ford’s motivation for the film is writ large in the opening credits. Obese, grotesque, American women gyrate in slow motion like a ‘Fourth of July’ themed, trailer park strip show. Like war photography, Ford wants to find the beauty in darkness.

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