The Swimmers

The astonishing saga of Syrian refugee-turned-Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini is effectively presented by writer/director Sally El Hosaini. The young life of competitive swimmer Yusra Mardini feels custom wrapped for some canny director to waltz in and produce a glossy, inspirational film about her unlikely triumph over extreme adversity. Growing up as a regular teen on […]

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Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

Alejandro G Iñárritu grapples with creative fulfilment and the Mexican diaspora in his sprawling, semi-autobiographical surrealist drama. “My homeland has many palm trees and the thrush-song fills its air; no bird here can sing as well as the birds sing over there” Brazilian poet Antônio Gonçalves Dias famously uttered in ‘Exile Song’, a poem written […]

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Exploring the post-modern pop culture horrors at the heart of British identity

Most of us associate the word ‘horror’ with a cinematic genre: The Exorcist, The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Halloween, Friday the 13th andThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre are a few names that might spring to mind. Some might even recall the voice of Vincent Price, or Michael Jackson’s pioneering Thriller music video. If you think of movies […]

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From McGraw to Midnights: A Retrospective of Taylor Swift’s Album Eras and Aesthetics

When did Taylor Swift become Taylor Swift? It’s not an easy question to answer. Swift is the consummate skin-shedder, forever toeing the line between self-expression and self-creation. In this sense, she’s also the consummate millennial: taught from youth to craft a persona, only for human emotion to blow it up. The difference is Swift, unlike […]

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Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell on The Banshees of Inisherin

The stars of Martin McDonagh’s latest reflect on their reunion on the islands of Inishmore and Achill, the scars of the Irish Civil War, and the weight of artistic legacy. Two Irish actors at the top of their game, Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell have worked with directors including The Coen Brothers, Yorgos Lanthimos, Michael […]

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