Best of the Week: Film


On ‘Cinderella’ and feminism; How Branagh and Weitz altered the glass slipper

We find ourselves in a time and place where the voice of feminism has never been louder. Issues like Gamer Gate, sexism in Cosplay, a woman’s right to an opinion on fantasy, comics, or horror, as well as a myriad of issues outside the realm of pop culture like slut shaming, and blame for being raped flood news outlets on a daily basis. As a result, there’s been a constant cry for change from men and women alike, internationally. We’re seeing stronger representations of women in cinema, and on television. 2013’s Frozen offered a very necessary shift to the Disney Princess dynamic, suggesting that one saves oneself, that love is genderless, and that the kind of love that saves need not strictly be romantic… read the full article.

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SXSW 2015: ‘The Overnight’ is an insightful, cringeworthy, and wholly fantastic examination of marital relationships

SXSW 2015: ‘Room 237′ director Rodney Ascher explores the horrors of sleep paralysis in ‘The Nightmare’

SXSW 2015: ‘Creative Control’ wraps well-worn ideas in a shiny new package

SXSW 2015: ‘Disaster Playground’ takes a gonzo look at the end of the world

SXSW 2015: ‘God Bless the Child’ thoughtfully examines childhood and familial bonds

SXSW 2015: ‘Welcome to Leith’ weaves a bizarre and enthralling tale

SXSW 2015: ‘The Avian Kind’ is as beautiful to behold (and as hard to grasp) as its namesake

SXSW 2015: ‘Life in Color’ suffers from a lack of sincerity

SXSW 2015: ‘Petting Zoo’ documents the transition from adolescence to adulthood with intimate detail

SXSW 2015: ‘Manglehorn’ is as aimless as its eponymous character

SXSW 2015: ‘Petting Zoo’ documents the transition from adolescence to adulthood with intimate detail

SXSW 2015: ‘The Salt of the Earth’ is a sufficient tribute to an extraordinary photographer


‘The Dead Lands’ offers a glimpse into an oft-overlooked culture amid a rapid tepid script

Set in New Zealand, long before the arrival of European colonialists, The Dead Lands sees the journey of 16-year-old Hongi (James Rolleston) as he transforms from warrior apprentice to full fledged killer under harrowing circumstances he much rather do without. The land where he has grown up was, up until recently, prospering in a much-welcomed peace, but it was not so long ago that war engulfed the neighbouring tribes… read the full article.


‘Plunder Road’ is a fast paced, ruthlessly efficient heist adventure

It is a wet, late night. Raindrops fall down on the sleepy Utah countryside like a hail of bullets on a battlefield. Five men in two trucks drive silently to a mysterious location, each wrestling internally with the rising tension befitting a major heist scheme. They are Eddie (Gene Raymond), Commando (Wayne Morris), Skeets (Elisha Cook Jr.), Roly (Stafford Repp) and Frankie (Steven Ritch, who also serves as screenwriter). Amidst the impressive storm they successfully halt a speeding train, blow up the outside wall to one of its cars and make away from a hefty sum of gold bullion… read the full article.


‘Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter’ plays beautifully in an unreal space

Once upon a time, there was a Japanese woman who watched the movieFargo. The movie begins with a title card pronouncing, “THIS IS A TRUE STORY,” and the fact that the Coen Brothers were playing a little prank with that statement was covered in American media only. So it came to pass that the woman believed the film to be true, and carried her belief to such a degree that she travelled to Minnesota alone, in search of the ransom money hidden by the Steve Buscemi character near the end of the film… read the full article.

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Get the first look at the live action adaptation of ‘Attack on Titan’

Watch the short film on which Adam Sandler’s ‘Pixels’ is based

I for Iran: Interviews with Brad Deane and Amir Soltani

The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer discuss ‘Blow-Up’

VOTD: Video essay compares first and final shots in film

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