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SPOTLIGHTS

‘Jennifer’s Body’ at 10: A Violent Feminist Tale Ahead of Its Time

‘Jennifer’s Body’ delves into feminist themes to become more than just a cult classic.

‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Still Blooms in a Field of Coming-of-Age Dramas

When it comes to teenage coming-of-age films, Perks of Being a Wallflower’s somber bildungsroman was pivotal in the genre.

Almodóvar’s Women: Breaking the Roles, Remaking the Mold

Pedro Almodóvar goes beyond singular representations of women with nuanced, complex and deeply human female leads.

Don’t/Look: The Differing Messages Behind ‘Battle Royale’ and ‘The Hunger Games’

The similarities between The Hunger Games and Battle Royal are too blatant to ignore, but the ultimate messages of these two films are almost the exact opposite of one another.

How the Symmetry and Aesthetics of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Essential to Its Storytelling

The Handmaid’s Tale holds a brutal storyline, balanced by crucial aesthetics and symmetry.

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz Want More Diversity in the Film Industry

We sat down with writer-directors Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz to talk about their new film ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’.

Yuppies of the 1980s: The Dawn of the ‘American Psycho’

American Psycho explores how the egocentricity and materialism of the 1980s yuppie lifestyle introduced a new breed of psychopath.

The Best Films of 2019 (So Far)

FilmEra’s picks for the best films of 2019 (so far).

‘The Iron Giant’, ‘Stranger Things’, and Lenses of Nostalgia

Whilst nostalgic media is warmly welcomed by all and can be a fantastic vehicle for deconstructing various issues of the past, most forms of visual media tend to simply rely on empty homage to appeal to our rose-tinted glass sensibilities and idealised versions of an imagined past.

A Trip Back to ‘The Village’ 15 Years Later

On its anniversary, it is time to revisit the most underrated film in M. Night Shyamalan’s filmography. 

Tarantino’s Tempestuous Relationship with Women

While Tarantino may provide space in his filmography for badass katana-wielding women, they exist merely as extensions of their male counterparts.

Criterion Month: Wong Kar-Wai – A Master of Emotion

Wong Kar-Wai is one of the greatest directors of our generation because of his ability to produce emotion.

FESTIVALS

‘Motherless Brooklyn’ Review: Why Edward Norton Can’t Do Neo-noir

It’s a sunny day in 1950s Brooklyn and Frank Minna is about to be killed…

‘Bombay Rose’ Review: A Beautiful Dish With Too Many Flavors

The multiple strands of this hand-painted animation come together to pay homage to the lives lived by a bustling city’s diverse citizenry.

‘Bad Education’ Review: A Brilliant Look Into White Collar Crime

Cory Finley delves into the dark underbelly of school-board politics with his sophomore film Bad Education.

FrightFest 2019: ‘The Black String’ Review – Evil Is Skin Deep In Frankie Muniz’s Return to Acting

Brian Hanson’s directorial debut blends the lines between mental illness and a witch’s curse.

Locarno Film Festival: Ham on Rye Review – A Surreal Meditation on the Coming-of-Age Experience

Tyler Taormina´s feature film debut is an atmospheric treat

Station Wagon Productions
Weird Weekend 2019: Killing the Patriarchy in a Sarah Jacobson Double Feature

Weird Weekend 2019 presents two subversive films about teenagerdom from 1990s DIY filmmaker Sarah Jacobson.

FrightFest 2019: ‘A Good Woman Is Hard to Find’ Review – A Gritty, Realistic Revenge Thriller

Abner Pastoll delivers a gritty, crime thriller rooted in realism, with Sarah Bolger giving a powerful performance.

FrightFest 2019: ‘Happy Face’ Review – An Exploration of the Person Behind The Face

Happy Face reminds us about society’s obsession with beauty as it explores a cast of people with facial disfigurements.

FrightFest 2019: ‘Deadcon’ Review – A Modern Horror That Misses The Mark

Deadcon is a modern horror that fails to utilize its gimmick.

FrightFest 2019: ‘The Perished’ Review – An Emotionally Charged Blend of Social Issues and Horror

Paddy Murphy blends social issues with horror in a film that will add to the discussion surrounding abortion rights.

FrightFest 2019: ‘Kindred Spirits’ Review – An Uncomfortable Psychological Thriller

Lucky McKee returns with another female-centric horror as Kindred Spirits has its European premiere at FrightFest.

FrightFest 2019: ‘Sadistic Intentions’ Review – A Slow Paced Horror That Lacks Excitement

Eric Pennycoff’s debut feature is a decent slow-burn that doesn’t take itself too seriously – but there’s something missing.

REVIEWS

‘Hustlers’ Review: Lorene Scafaria’s Rousing Crime Epic Takes on American Inequality

Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in this surprising, intelligent tale of strippers turned con artists.

‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Glamorous Farewell to One of Television’s Finest

Downton Abbey is less of a triumphant victory lap and more of a gentle stroll, a pleasant conversation of a film, reassuring you that it’s ok that things finish as long as you never forget the value they had. For those diehard fans it is the perfect end.

‘The Goldfinch’ Review: A Second-Rate Adaptation Better Suited for the Page

John Crowley’s adaptation of Donna Tartt’s beloved novel is a lazy, pretentious slog.

‘Chained for Life’ Review – An Original and Charming Film About How We Look at One Another

Aaron Schimberg’s latest feature asks us to examine the biases and clichés of the cinematic gaze.

‘It: Chapter Two’ Review: Pennywise Returns for a Thrilling but Overstuffed Second Act

Andy Muschietti’s ‘It: Chapter Two’ brings the thrills but sacrifices the character work that made the first film a runaway success.

FrightFest 2019: ‘I’ll Take Your Dead’ Review – An Original Heartfelt Horror

Canadian director Chad Archibald delivers a heartfelt blend of genres in his newest horror film.

‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Review: A Dark Twist on the Typical Fairy Tale

Issa Lopez is telling a story that no one else is telling. The drug wars in Mexico the last few decades are no secret but cinematic narratives tend to romanticize the facts and focus on the bad guys. Tigers Are Not Afraid does things quite differently as Lopez builds a fantastical yet touching story of resilient children that is inspiring and beautiful in tone and aesthetics.

‘Weathering With You’ Review: An Intoxicatingly Gorgeous Melodrama

Weathering With You operates in the realms of high melodrama, where feelings dictate the story, and love always triumphs.

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Review: A Mythology-Filled Prequel that Embraces Hope and Darkness

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance provides Netflix viewers with something that has been missing this summer: Wonder.

‘Los Espookys’ Season 1 Review: Finding Authenticity in the Surreal

Los Esookys, a Spanish-language horror-themed comedy from the mind of Fred Armisen proves to be quirky, character-driven fun all while doubling down on its niche goth aesthetic.

Netflix
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 7 Review: The Final Goodbye

OITNB’s final season taps into its original magic as we say goodbye to the characters we love so deeply.

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Review: A Tedious Glimpse at the Troubles of the Privileged

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, directed by Richard Linklater, is reminiscent of a film that was buried in the 1990s and recently unearthed.