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Review: Toy Story 4

After hearing that Pixar had decided to release a fourth movie in the Toy Story saga, I was filled with multiple emotions – sure enough there was a lot of excitement but there was also a creeping sense of dread. After the emotional rollercoaster ride that was Toy Story 3, it seemed we had said our goodbyes to the toys, just as Andy does, in … Continue reading Review: Toy Story 4

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Review: Always Be My Maybe

Netflix provides another charming romantic comedy for us in Always Be My Maybe, one that endears the audience but fails to reinvent the genre. The story of Sasha (Ali Wong) and Marcus (Randall Park), two childhood friends who reconnect after sixteen years not speaking, navigate their feelings for one another despite living two different lifestyles. Continue reading Review: Always Be My Maybe

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Review: Booksmart

Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut is a fresh, female-led, spin on the coming of age tale. Arguably one of 2019’s best comedies, Booksmart demonstrates how being young can be a painful yet hilarious experience. By successfully blending tales of raucous adventures and responsibility, Booksmart illuminates the emotional pains associated with teenage friendship and the transition into adulthood. Continue reading Review: Booksmart

Preview: Reclaim The Frame Launch

In 2018 Birds’ Eye View launched the BFI-backed Reclaim The Frame project – a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women, offering a wider perspective of the world. Birds’ Eye View is a charity whose focus for the last 16 years has been on raising the commercial and cultural impact of films written by or directed by women – demonstrating how varied the female gaze can be and celebrating the difference. Continue reading Preview: Reclaim The Frame Launch

The Relevance of Religious Art Today

“Why should the devil have all the best tunes?” asked Methodist preacher George Whitefield in 1774. But did the devil ever? And does he still? As conservative and dated as ‘religious art’ might seem in the West (where religious practices have been somewhat marred by schisms, crusades, inquisitions, Nietzsche, existentialism, and that ever-pesky science), I think the paganity to which Whitefield referred has less of a cloven-hoofed power-stance over the arts than the reality of the situation might suggest. Not only were many of the modern antecedents and influences of contemporary Western artists religious, but a great number of today’s practitioners remain resolutely Christian in their outlook.

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So Scandi: CPH:DOX

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival: an imperative for Copenhagen’s curious souls.

With its thumping heart situated in ‘Kunsthal Charlottenborg’ – one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art – CPH:DOX is a dream come true for the documentary-lovers, aesthetes, and cinephiles of the Danish capital. Continue reading So Scandi: CPH:DOX

Review: Captain Marvel

Marvel’s latest offering more than fulfils its tagline. Captain Marvel soared above doubt, boycotts, and smear campaigns to a staggering $455 million worldwide box-office taking on opening weekend. And it’s easy to see why – it’s MARVELlous.

The film is essentially Captain Marvel’s origin story, which has led to criticism about the plot being ‘predictable’ at times. People forget that the heroes we love had their own ‘basic’ origin films. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) burst into the universe in a way that stands up to her peers, and shows she has the ability to drive this legacy beyond Endgame. Continue reading Review: Captain Marvel