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Piku (2015)

Whilst studying Indian Melodrama this term, I’ve been watching a selection of Hindi films as research for my forthcoming essay and came across Shoojit Sincar’s gem of a movie on Netflix. Providing audiences with a refreshing perspective on female characters in the form of eponymous lead Piku, it’s both a genuinely funny comedy and a powerful example of feminist cinema.

Contains a few spoilers!

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The Girl on the Train (2016)

Tate Taylor’s filmic adaptation of Paula Hawkin’s psychological thriller The Girl on the Train fails to translate the importance of the novel’s domestic violence narrative, missing a vital opportunity to confront issues of abuse on the big screen.

Contains spoilers.

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T2 Trainspotting (2017): The Trailer. Choose Life. Choose Facebook?

So here it is.

The moment I have been waiting for since Ewan Mcgregor’s youthful face walked away from the action of Danny Boyle’s 1996 Trainspotting, looking directly at the camera and promising (or warning) that he was going to “choose life”.

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It’s the trailer to the sequel, with its suitably fitting textspeak, HS2 invoking, upgraded name, T2: Trainspotting (2017).

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Transparent, Season 3 (2016)

Although not a film as such, Jill Soloway’s Transparent (Amazon Prime) is an example of the kind of TV that would not look out of place on the big screen.

The show, lauded for tackling issues of identity and the institutions and constructions within which the notion is created, launched its third series this week as Soloway continues to push and contort boundaries as we know them, exploring gender fluidity, religion and existentialism through beautifully shot, human moments.

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LFFF: Women’s Bodies as Sites – What Happened to Her? (2016)

Imogen and I recently attended the London Feminist Film Festival’s session on Women’s Bodies as Sites at Rio Cinema; a screening of four documentary shorts regarding the role and perception of women’s bodies in film and other forms of media, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The experience was really insightful and moving: in particular What Happened to Her (Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, 2016), which provided an important platform amongst the audience for interrogating the repercussions of violence against women on screen.

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The Lobster (2015)

I had heard a lot about Yorgos Lanthimos’s English-language debut The Lobster before I was finally able to sit down and watch it last week.

Surreal and absurdist, The Lobster falls into one of my favourite genres; dystopia. Rivalling Charlie Brooker’s cynical Channel 4 series, Black Mirror, the film offers its viewers a critical reflection of the society in which we live, questioning our contrived rules for social relationships.

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Do You See Her? (2016)

I came across a really important Women’s Aid advertisement whilst researching a specific section of my dissertation: violence against older women.  Continue reading “Do You See Her? (2016)”

Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)

After recently appearing both on Netflix and Sky Movies, I finally decided to indulge in Marielle Heller’s exploration of sexual awakening in The Diary of a Teenage Girl.  Continue reading “Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)”

One Minute to Nine (2007)

After much deliberation, I’ve finally decided to write my MA dissertation on the representation of domestic violence in cinema. Continue reading “One Minute to Nine (2007)”

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