‘The Half of It”s Biggest Triumphs Are In The Little Things

"The touches of Chinese culture woven throughout the film, such as dumpling-making or the (very understandable) excitement over Yakult, were soft and organic"

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Tall Girl: A Symptom of the Problem with the Coming-of-Age Genre

‪Over the past few years, there’s been an influx of horrible coming-of-age films, especially ones made by Netflix. At first, it was almost entertaining watching these deeply flawed movies, but there’s only so much Sierra Burgess and The Perfect Date one can take. In fact, the consistent mix of terrible writing, under-developed characters and bland protagonists has almost convinced me that Netflix makes awful coming-of-age films on purpose.‬ ‪ Their most recent release is Tall Girl, the story of 16-year-old…

Review: Cannes Film Festival, 2019

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival felt like a direct response to critics. After opposing Netflix in favour of the theatrical release, Cannes and its director, Thierry Frémaux found themselves in an odd position as the sort of protectors of cinema, but also as the festival yesterday, afraid of innovation, whose relevance has been continually challenged.…