Life Is Short: How ‘Heroines’ Hides its Horrors Within Humour

In her new monthly column, LIFE IS SHORT, Naomi Alexander embarks on a worldly exploration through the lens of short films, weaving tapestries where life and art collide.   ‘Okay’ is far from the most captivating word in the history of the English language but turn your sights on Katia Badalian’s debut short film and…

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Life Is Short: How ‘A Love Story’ Weaves a Tale of Intimacy and Separation

In her new monthly column LIFE IS SHORT, Naomi Alexander embarks on a worldly exploration through the lens of short films, weaving tapestries where life and art collide.   According to Chinese legend, an invisible red cord connects a pair of destined lovers, resistant to time, place and circumstance. Fastened around the little finger of…

‘Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey’ — A Delightful Mash-up of All Things Horrific and Girly

DCEU introduced their newest supervillain installment, this time for the female-led standalone Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey—directed by DC's third female director Cathy Yan. The film is a delightful mash-up of everything glamorous and violent about being a woman, a thoroughly enjoyable ride that delivers colorful action at a near pitch-perfect pacing that allowed all…

Sonic The Hedgehog – Spoiler Review

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the release of Sonic The Hedgehog. Based on the classic Sega character, who might be just as infamous as he is famous. As a long time fan of Sonic, I was ready to see this film, whether it was good or not. When the first trailer came out,…

How ‘The Farewell’ Portrays Home In All Its Abstract Glory

Something about Lulu Wang's The Farewell feels familiar to me. This strikes me early on in the film, when we find ourselves in Changchun, the Chinese city in which much of the film takes place, via a series of wide-angle shots of various apartment buildings, endlessly tall and taking up much of the city's landscape.…