Shazam! : Power for the Powerless

Shazam!: Power for the Powerless April 13, 2019 By SHUZHAO XUE Warning: this article may contain spoilers. When discussing superheroes, Captain America, Superman or Batman are our first thoughts. These characters are continuously adapted into films which time after time successfully become a hit amongst the fans. Shazam!, the latest superhero film that I watched, […]

STA!’s Festen: the Bitter Taste of a Family Dinner

STA!’s Festen: the Bitter Taste of a Family Dinner A Play Review By REBECCA TOOK A silent, complicit mother. A tight-lipped patriarch. A bawdy brother and a bereaved twin. One daughter’s dead and the other – shock horror – is a socialist. Directed by Jolijn Wendel, and adapted from the script by David Eldridge, Festen […]

Eighth Grade: A Portrait of the Awkward Entrance into Teendom

Eighth Grade: A Portrait of the Awkward Entrance into Teendom Film Review: American comedian Bo Burnham’s debut feature film Eighth Grade depicts the knotty, small-scale hellscape of middle school, focusing on the experience of Kayla (Elsie Fisher) – a self-aware yet intensely self-conscious teen – during her last week in eighth grade. By REBECCA TOOK […]

Roma: Thoughtful Artistry in 1970’s Mexico City

Before watching Roma, it is best to allow yourself to enter the artist’s realm and forget you’re watching a film at all. This is a moving art piece of another time, a biography of people overlooked, containing something different from the blockbuster special or usual Netflix Original. When you envision yourself viewing within the art […]

The Modernity of Mary, Queen of Scots and the Fear of Powerful Women

If you want to witness the fear of men, give a woman a crown. Josie Rourke’s Mary, Queen of Scots does just this. In presenting a dynamic portrait of the formidable Mary Stuart, it leverages the contrast between the Scottish Queen and Elizabeth I, Queen of England, to illustrate that there is nothing more terrifying […]

Cinematography at Its Best: First Man Review

If the name Damien Chazelle does not seem heard, it definitely should. Following his two hit movies, Whiplash and La La Land, both nominated for the academy awards and, additionally, La La Land winning six Oscars, Chazelle delivers another movie following the journey of the first man on the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The movie First […]