The digital rebirth of post-modern retrofuturism

Retrofuturism is the fantastical dream of our past. It refers to how people of bygone eras envisioned the future, and its distinctive aesthetic has breathed renewed life in fashion, furniture and, naturally, across social media.  Here’s a very basic analogy of retrofuturism:  In Steven Spielberg’s Back to the Future II (1989), all the skater boys are armed with […]

Baby Done: balancing the sweet and sour of life

Hilarious, heartwarming and honest, Baby Done exceeds expectations of the parenthood/pregnancy comedy, which can often feel overdone and cliche. Executive producer Taika Waititi brings his classic wit and unique sentimentality, cementing it as a triumph in indie cinema. Clawing at her remaining youth, Zoe is keen to avoid becoming like all her surrounding friends; burdened […]

Reimagining tradition: Dolls (2002)

Ethereal cinematography, perfectly wistful, and heartbreaking story telling. Dolls takes the tender stories of traditional Japanese bunraku puppet theatre, and transforms them into something just as emotive for a modern audience. Director Takeshi Kitano preserves the theatrical, but translates the tales into visually stunning cinema, allowing a wider audience to appreciate the lore of Japan. […]

Only Yesterday: finding yourself in the shadows of others

I’ve always been the baby of the group. I’m the youngest sibling, youngest family member in the immediate area, youngest in my friend group, and I was always the youngest in my year at school (hello other July babies). Having recently watched the film Only Yesterday again it brought back a lot of memories, and […]

Saving face: balancing tradition and love

Alice Wu’s 2004 feature film debut is a comedic triumph, telling the story of Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American doctor, battling with societal pressures, caring for her unwed pregnant mother, and finding the courage to love freely.   The film opens with Wil, having been dragged by her mother (Ma) to yet another Chinese gathering, disgruntled […]

Sylvia: Heartache and agony in the English dream

The controversial 2003 film, Sylvia, follows the relationship of Sylvia Plath (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig), from its love struck beginning, to devastating end. The film begins with a young Sylvia at Cambridge University, who pursues Ted Hughes at a party after he slanders her poetry in a review for the University magazine. […]