More Than Stars

Gifted: Toothless and sassy

A young girl’s path of intelligence disrupting adolescence. Oh, and Frank. by Cameo Turner If you’re a film review enthusiast, you’ve struck the golden film for that light hearted melodrama leaving you refreshed, inspired and impressed. Gifted (2017) directed by Marc Webb fulfils the verdict of a crowd pleaser just like seeing Leonardo DiCaprio’s gorgeous face…

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Raw: a sensation seeker’s feast

On our obsession with Raw and international horror. by Stephanie Avro Littering today’s horror movie landscape, the art of terror in cinema has evolved from an art-house curiosity to bankable commodity. Branched and grown into multitude of subgenres, filmmakers have always pushed the envelope of horror. Subtitles causing for a more conscious viewing, unfamiliar language adding…

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Stylized sincerity in Gaga: Five Foot Two

by Grace Marks Have you ever watched a movie with someone who points out the product placement in every scene? It’s annoying and only makes you more aware. There is a new documentary on Netflix that can’t help but give those who watch, that same overly conscious feeling. Gaga: Five Foot Two, although a documentary, feels…

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7:35 in the Morning

By Jasmine Wallis I love a good Musical. They’re cheery, catchy, and fun. But every musical is slightly removed from reality. What would you think if you were at work or in a café, and everyone around you suddenly burst into song? That’s precisely what happens in Nacho Vigalondo’s dark short film, 7:35 De La…

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Wolf Warrior 2: Chinese propaganda or Hollywood blockbuster? Try both

by Dana Louey There are a few things that draw me to Chinese action movies. My dad has long been an avid fan of Bruce Lee which meant that I grew up watching his films and consequently took an independent liking to the genre. Despite taking an unintentional hiatus from watching such films in order…

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Baby Driver: fast cars, sick driving, epic music, heartthrob actors and bad-ass action

by Isobel Smart What is there not to love about Edgar Wright’s 2017 film Baby Driver? The overall suaveness and sophistication Ansel Elgort brings to his character, Baby, a crime getaway driver, is absolutely stunning to watch. The way Wright has combined thriller/action drama with music to create this incredibly complex yet simple hybrid styled…

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Oldboy: a sweet dish served cold

by Katrina Salvador For some reason I find myself in this unspoken competition with a friend on who can one-up each other on some random film topic: “Okay, what’s the most messed up recent film you’ve seen?” “Oh hands down, Oldboy. Please tell me you’ve seen it.” “No, but I’ll watch it sometime soon.” “Okay,…

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Jackie Chan: master of silent comedy

by Bradley Dixon This video essay explores the early career of kung fu master Jackie Chan, and how his brand of daredevil stunt work and visual humour harks back to the era of silent comedians.

Reflections on / of the projected image: David Lynch’s Absurda

by Sam Harris With Absurda, David Lynch makes a film about what it feels like to watch a David Lynch film. Absurda  —  like most of Lynch’s work — has you struggle relentlessly for an understanding, only to be met with a deep-down feeling of dread by the time the credits roll, and with nothing more than…

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Peaches and lust: Luca Guadagnino’s resplendent Call Me By Your Name

by Bradley Dixon “Is it better to speak or die?” This question lies at the heart and soul of Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, a sumptuous and beautiful romance set in the summer of 1983. It begins with Elio (Timothée Chalamet), enjoying another quiet summer in northern Italy with his family as any rich…

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Humans of New York: the charming, ambling Person to Person

by Bradley Dixon Dustin Guy Defa’s breezy second feature follows a group of characters each navigating an inflection point in their lives during the course of one autumn day in New York City. An ensemble slice-of-life indie that wades comfortably in the still waters of life’s lesser dramas, Person to Person’s web of vaguely connected…

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Lick The Star

Lick The Star isn’t the feminist film we asked for, but it’s the feminist film we have

Amongst the mildly homophobic slurs and almost-racist themes explored in Sofia Coppola’s first short film, in conjunction with the eye-roll-inducing and conventional genre stereotypes seen in every coming-of-age film ever, Lick The Star has the potential to be a staple in teen feminist cinema, and here’s why.
by Elise Schumacher

You’ll want a holiday after seeing The Trip to Spain but for all the wrong reasons

by Georgia Imfeld If you’ve ever been caught in the crossfire between two men and their conversation-killing one upmanship, then you don’t need me to tell you how quickly that gets old. And you probably don’t need to see The Trip to Spain. Starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves, the…

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Spider-bite induced fatigue: Spider-Man Homecoming worsens your high-school experience

by Sam Harris “Can’t you just be a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man?”, a weary-eyed Tony Stark asks Homecoming‘s “new and improved” Peter Parker. Unbeknownst to him, Stark echoes a sentiment I’ve carried since the announcement that Andrew Garfield was stepping into the well-worn shoes of everyone’s favourite web-slinging delivery boy. Why can’t you just be like…

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