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  • Raw

    Raw

    I heard a lot of the hype around Raw before I actually knew much about the film itself. Early promo of the French film placed focus on sensational headlines of audiences fainting during screenings so I had an expectation that Raw was going to be similar to some of the films considered part of the French Extremity movement – such as 2008’s Martyrs. 
    Obviously, the morbidly curious part of me wanted to see what all the fuss was about (I…

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Director Ana Lily Amirpour describes A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night as ‘the first Iranian vampire spaghetti western’, which sums up the vibe pretty well, if you add in a hint of film noir.

    Set in the fictional Iranian town of ‘Bad City’, the dialogue throughout is entirely in Farsi. Whilst described as a Persian/Iranian film, it features a number of elements deemed controversial (or downright illegal) within the country itself and so you may not be surprised to…

  • Violation

    Violation

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Violation had a fair bit of hype prior to its recent release on Shudder, and the themes seemed strangely apt in light of recent events, as women everywhere join forces to mourn the horrific death of Sarah Everard and share their own all too common experiences of fear and assault.

    The majority of the film builds around the characters and the interpersonal relationships between them, protagonist Mariam (portrayed by director Madeline Sims-Fewer), her husband Caleb (Obi Abili), sister Greta (Anna…

  • Surge

    Surge

    Even though I went in to Surge with a rough idea of the premise, the protagonist seems so calm and collected that it seems it would take a huge event to bring him down. What Surge beautifully demonstrates is how when it comes to a mental health crisis, it’s often not one significant event, rather a series of little ones - that build and build until it all becomes too much.
    The way the film is shot feels intimate -…