MOROCCAN FILMS TAKE A STAND

By Chloe Darnaud In the middle of the dusty streets of the medina, a red carpet leads the way to the Roxy Theatre, one of the oldest cinemas still operating in the white city, Northern Morocco. This year’s edition of the National Moroccan Film Festival, far from the glitz and glamour of Cannes, offers a…

FILMMAKER JEAN ROUCH’S LEGACY

By Chloe Darnaud Ground-breaking French filmmaker Jean Rouch would have been 100 years old this May. Considered to be one of the founders of cinéma-vérité in France, Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. The expression, meaning “cinema truth”, was first used to publicise the film Chronicle Of A Summer (Chronique D’un Eté, 1959),…

#HRW FILM FESTIVAL WHAT YOU MISSED

By Chloe Darnaud “The only reason we make films is for the impact they have,” said the director of Lost in Lebanon Sophia Scott. The 21st edition of the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival showcases 16 political documentaries from devoted brave filmmakers traveling from Lebanon to Guatemala to shine the light on forgotten causes….

YOU GO GAL!

By Sixtine Marion Gal Gadot plays Wonder Woman in a new movie about the superheroine coming out in June 2017. In the trailer, her independence and strength as a woman overpowers her sexualized features usually depicted. Gal Gadot is herself a Wonder Woman, as she was elected Miss Israel in 2004 and served in the Israel…

MAY THE FORTIETH BE WITH YOU

By Oleksandra Levina “A long time ago in the galaxy far far away, George Lucas created Star Wars. This April the world is going to celebrate its 40th anniversary.” The main celebration is going to take place in Orlando, USA. From Thursday, 13th to Sunday, 16th of April, the Exhibition Hall is going to offer…

GENDER EQUALITY IN FILM

By Chloe Darnaud The film industry has a big gender inequality issue around the world. A study from Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film found that in 2015-16, 79 per cent of films featured casts with more male than female characters.  The problem is both on screen and behind the scenes, where most…

DESIGNATE A SURVIVOR ★★★★

By Karina Andrianova Imagine the Capitol is blown up and the less experienced person is the only one who can fix it.    After a massive explosion at the Capitol, low-level White House cabinet member becomes new president of the United States. Ordinary guy Adam Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) used to be the Housing and Urban…

CHRISTINE LIVE SUICIDE ★★★★

By Julia Milet  Antonio Campos, in his upcoming film, narrates the unknown story of Christine Chubbuck, a TV presenter who took her life on live television in 1974.  In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts — and in living colour — you’re going to see another first:…

SWIPE RIGHT FOR ‘LOVE’ ★★★★★

By Julia Milet   Why does your crush never text back? Does he forget? Does he even care about you? Find the answers in Judd Apatow’s anti-rom com series, Love, where season 2 is coming up in March the 10th on Netflix. Most of us can relate to the synopsis of the show: Mickey and Gus…

CASEY BY THE SEA ★★★★★

By Chloe Darnaud Lee Chandler is a handyman. He throws out the trash, cleans toilets, and repairs bathroom leaks. He lives alone is his small apartment in Boston and doesn’t interact with others much. When he does, he ends up either insulting his own clients or picking up fights with strangers at bars. As the…

TEASER: STRANGER THINGS IN GOV’

By Oleksandra Levina “Would you really believe that someone controls you unconsciously?” Music credits: Stranger Things – Full Main Theme There might be someone using you of whom you don’t know.With time, conspiracy theories became a significant part of pop-culture. American Ultra (2015), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and the Conspiracy Theory (1997) are just a…

TEASER: RATERS GONNA RATE

By Chloe Darnaud Music credits:  In the Hall of the Mountain King Fifty years ago, Blow Up was rated X by the British Board of Film Censors because of its “threesome scene” and “brief flashes of pubic hair”. In the UK, all films must be submitted to the BBFC, now British Board of Film Classification,…