Film essays · Religion

Why a religious film like Menashe is superior to the usual propagandist bullshit.

We get them seemingly every year. You know, those sweet inoffensive films full of smiling characters, played by bad actors, in unrealistic settings who go on predictable journeys of realising Christianity is undoubtedly 100% true. Even typing it makes me want to throw up a little bit. Yet this has almost nothing to do with… Continue reading Why a religious film like Menashe is superior to the usual propagandist bullshit.

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Contrasting architecture and relationships in Columbus.

Columbus is essentially a film about parental issues with a side of architecture; how relatives can hold us back without realising it; the importance of moving on from relationships, and learning to live for yourself rather than in someone else’s shadow. Characters here deal with situations in realistic, honest fashion, as well written as any… Continue reading Contrasting architecture and relationships in Columbus.

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More demonic happenings in Annabelle Creation…

In the years since James Wan surprised western audiences and myself with Insidious (2011), an American horror film that I unexpectedly liked very much, we’ve had The Conjuring and Insidious chapter 2 (both 2013, both also directed by Wan), Insidious chapter 3 (2015, directed by frequent Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell), and The Conjuring 2 (2016,… Continue reading More demonic happenings in Annabelle Creation…

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How political correctness helped fuel social discontent and radical politics.

The surge in ‘political correctness’ in Western society over recent years has helped fuel a push-back from the far right in politics… as well as the rise of extremist groups like ISIS (not that I want to get into war or foreign policy decisions here – but their hatred of our ‘privileged’ Western way of… Continue reading How political correctness helped fuel social discontent and radical politics.