Lorde’s Solar Power is a joyous rebirth

Thursday morning (10/06/21), Twitter entered a moment of pure ecstatic hysteria and elation. The first single – Solar Power- from Lorde’s much anticipated upcoming album of the same name was briefly available on streaming services in select countries, followed by an eruption of online leaks. Reactions varied from jubilant celebration to appeals to delete the […]

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 […]