Review: Ready or Not (2019)

After being featured at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival and Frightfest, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s latest film has been quietly making waves among critics and audiences alike. With a twisted family drama at its core, Ready or Not has the elements of the classic ‘hunted’ horror film. However, it is anything but. After marrying Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien) on his parents’ estate, Grace … Continue reading Review: Ready or Not (2019)

Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

I have to admit, I am not the biggest Jarmusch fan. Given the usual slow pace of his films especially with uneventful dramas such as Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, his style is a love-or-hate thing. So, having this as the foundation of his latest film – his first foray into horror – is questionable. Starring an ensemble cast that includes Bill Murray, Adam … Continue reading Review: The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

The reinvention of Disney’s animated films

This all started at the screening for Ralph Breaks the Internet. It was a kid-friendly screening with Disney so the essential PG-rated trailers appeared. One of them was the live-action adaptation of Dumbo. It was all going okay until I hear a boy ask his mum: “What kind of name is Dumbo?” Cue this face ——> With one comment, I realised that up until that … Continue reading The reinvention of Disney’s animated films

The inspirational heroines of Studio Ghibli

Let’s face it, Disney is currently having a hard time in terms of female representation. Their iconic princesses have been criticised for being poor role models for younger audiences – so much so, that celebrities are banning their daughters from watching classic Disney films. However, there is another animated film studio that can step in to inspire younger female audiences. Established in 1985, Japan-based Studio … Continue reading The inspirational heroines of Studio Ghibli

Looking Back: The Handmaiden

In 2014, Korean director Park Chan-Wook announced that his next project, following his English-language debut Stoker, would be an adaptation of Sarah Waters novel, The Fingersmith. Transporting the action from the Victorian era to Japan-occupied Korea, Park offers his most erotic feature yet. The Handmaiden follows three characters – young pickpocket Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri), fragile yet rich heiress Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee) and a charming con-artist … Continue reading Looking Back: The Handmaiden

Looking Back: Ruby Sparks

Everyone dreams of their perfect partner.  Romantics call them their soulmate.  Cynics call them non-existent.  So what do you do if you are lonely? Take a lesson from John Hughes’ Weird Science and create someone. Ruby Sparks is the second feature film project by husband-wife directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, six years after their successful Sundance debut Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and is the … Continue reading Looking Back: Ruby Sparks

Looking Back: ‘Beauty of the Beast’ (1991)

We all have our favorite Disney film, but for those who belong to a certain generation, the films released during the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1999) hold a special place. This era saw the company produce some of their most commercially and critically successful films in Disney’s history, by injecting its own unique brand of magic into well-known fairy tales and stories. A key feature from … Continue reading Looking Back: ‘Beauty of the Beast’ (1991)