He Dreams of Giants

“Life is Hard. Art is Hard.” – He Dreams of Giants (Film Review)

Posted by - March 31, 2021
He Dreams of Giants is a documentary sequel to directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s Lost in La Mancha. It follows imaginative director Terry Gilliam in his latest (and successful) quest to create his passion project, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. The documentary is a wonderful deep dive into exploring a once-celebrated director in a slump
The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation by Avi Mograbi | FRA, FIN, ISR, DEU 2021, Forum | © Avi Mograbi

‘Breaking The Silence’ — The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

Posted by - March 6, 2021
In the past few months, after attending a plethora of film festivals, I’ve been noticing a recurring theme of questionable creative decision-making — specifically regarding the justification of a film's chosen medium. Art, as general as that term is, contains a various amount of intricacies that sprout in various different sectors of commercial entertainment. Film,

Life stories – The Reunited States (Film Review)

Posted by - March 5, 2021
American politics was shaken when Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. When he was elected in 2016, America as a country started to become more divided than ever before. The Reunited States is a feature-length documentary that follows a family from Texas who decide to sell their house and
Raúl Briones in Una película de policías | A Cop Movie by Alonso Ruizpalacios | MEX 2021, Competition | © No Ficcion

Performance Patrol – A Cop Movie (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

Posted by - March 4, 2021
As of late, there's been two primary cinema-related trends that are being consistently screened within the independent film scene. The first being pandemic set features — films that prominently self-reference and utilise the lockdown setting as means to create further comedic and dramatic effect. The second form are commentaries on the recent media attention to
À pas aveugles | From Where They Stood by Christophe Cognet | FRA, DEU 2021, Forum | © L'atelier documentaire

“The Victims Are Still There In The Soil” – From Where They Stood (Berlinale 2021 Film Review)

Posted by - March 1, 2021
There is a quote from Austrian auteur Michel Haneke that I tend to revisit, whenever conversations on Holocaust-related content slowly leap into the forefront of contemporary media. In a roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter from a few years ago, Haneke stated:  Responsibility entails enabling your audience to remain independent and free of manipulation. The

Swiping Right – Searchers (Sundance 2021 Film Review)

Posted by - January 31, 2021
During the dark quarantine witching hours of January 3rd, 2020, I created my first ever dating profile. After months of deliberation and joking about creating an actual page with my friends and followers, I finally gave in to the trend of the common Tinder profile. Part of me was incredibly insecure in creating a profile,

“Creation is a Very Lonely Place” – Ailey (Sundance 2021 Film Review)

Posted by - January 30, 2021
In recent years, filmmakers worldwide have been testing the technological limits of the traditional art-focused documentary. Attempting to emulate a similar spirit to the artists that they desperately want to pay homage towards, the rise of gimmicks and other innovative trends have transpired upon these recent productions. Some films such as Wim Wenders’ Pina is