In Praise Of

In praise of Ghost World’s Bollywood-inspired opening credits

By Saffron Maeve

For a film that actively disengages from popular American culture, the Indian dance sequence is a perfect fit.

Fat Girl remains a radical reflection on female sexuality and power

By Rachel Pronger

In her provocative 2001 film, Catherine Breillat holds a mirror to society before smashing it to pieces.

How Ace in the Hole foreshadowed the post-truth era

By Thomas Hobbs

Billy Wilder’s 1951 noir has obvious parallels with our current age of fake news and alternative facts.

The enduring legacy of Ousmane Sembène

By Leila Latif

A new restoration of his long out-of-print 1968 film Mandabi offers cause to celebrate the late Senegalese maverick.

In praise of Romy Schneider’s backless dresses in The Swimming Pool

By Rafaela Bassili

The simmering sexual tension in Jacques Deray’s 1969 film is perfectly encapsulated by the actor’s striking attire.

In praise of Masked and Anonymous

By David Jenkins

Bob Dylan’s famously misshapen and maligned rock satire from 2002 is deserving of a re-evaluation.

Why I love Maggie Cheung’s performance in Irma Vep

By Sabrina Cooper

Her role blurs the line between real life and fiction in Olivier Assayas’ love letter to the actress and filmmaking.

Why I Love Irène Jacob’s performance in The Double Life of Véronique

By Adam Scovell

Jacob’s pair of musical characters is one of the great feats of screen acting of the past 30 years.

Homoeroticism and sexual repression in Wake in Fright

By Patrick Sproull

Ted Kotcheff’s visceral, queer-coded descent into one man’s personal hell refuses to adhere to expectations.

From far, far away to 4chan – The surprising legacy of Shrek

By Simon Bland

Directors Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson reflect on the cultural afterlife of their 2001 computer animation.

The Craft at 25 – A dark rite of passage for teenage covens

By Stefania Sarrubba

Andrew Fleming’s 1996 film offers a spellbinding blend of Wiccan rituals and high school politics.

Satyajit Ray at 100: The musical genius behind the auteur

By Arun AK

The famed filmmaker was also a gifted composer, often blending Indian and Western classical music.

The mind-blowing legacy of David Cronenberg’s Scanners

By David Robb

The director’s 1981 body horror feels increasingly relevant in our age of technological dependency.

20 years on, Josie and the Pussycats sharpens its claws

By Annie Lyons

The cult classic forgoes subtlety and delivers its anti-consumerist message with on-the-nose camp.

Why I love Kate Winslet’s performance in Heavenly Creatures

By Orla Smith

Her breakthrough role in Peter Jackson’s 1994 drama instantly set the stage for her movie stardom.

Steven Yeun is finally getting his dues

By Hannah Strong

From The Walking Dead to Minari, we chart the amazing journey of this Oscar-nominated star.

How Brendan Fraser invented the modern himbo

By Anna Bogutskaya

His performances in Encino Man, George of the Jungle and Blast from the Past set the blueprint for the buff, unthreatening leading man.

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