My Best Friend - Elina Street and Lana Boy

Interview: Elina Street and Lana Boy on ‘My Best Friend’

A lot of people believe that friendship and intimacy are different. But friendship is one of the most intimate relationships we can have. In human relationships, the boundary between friendship and romance is often clearly defined, or so we believe. In Elina Street’s short film My Best Friend, the filmmaker …

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My Best Friend - Elina Street - Movie Review

‘My Best Friend’ Review: Elina Street’s Short

What happens when two friends explore their sexualities and end up breaking the delicate boundary between friendship and romance? Well, we get to see one of the most intimate relationships that the world has ever seen. Elina Street’s short film My Best Friend explores friendship and romance, taking viewers on …

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Come Closer - Interview with Tom Nesher

Interview: Tom Nesher on ‘Come Closer’ and Finding Love In Hopelessness

In recent years, there have been many stories about romances between women, but Tom Nesher’s Come Closer is a bit different than what we have seen. In this story of love, grief, and friendship, we see Eden (Lia Elalouf) dealing with the difficult situation of losing her brother in an …

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Netflix Ripley Series Review

‘Ripley’ Series Review: A Force of Nature

Ripley is the latest adaptation of Talented Mr. Ripley, this time starring Andrew Scott in the lead role; as Tom Ripley, a man who is introduced to Dickie Greenleaf’s leisurely lifestyle and quickly gets under his skin and eventually kills him – taking over his identity in a bid to become Greenleaf. It’s a queer …

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Come Closer Movie Review

‘Come Closer’ Review: Tom Nesher’s Triumphant Debut

Friendships can start in some of the weirdest situations and turn out to be crucial for a variety of reasons. But what happens when a friendship evolves into something unexpected, something more tender, called love? This burning question is asked in Tom Nesher’s brilliantly executed and heartwarming film, Come Closer. …

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Arze Interview with Mira Shaib

Interview: Mira Shaib on ‘Arzé’ and the Personal Journey Inspired by Real Life

In Mira Shaib’s debut feature film, audiences are immersed in the bustling streets and vibrant life of Beirut through the compelling narrative of Arzé. The film chronicles the journey of Arzé (Diamand Abou Abboud), a single mother who is struggling to make ends meet. However, she never shies away from …

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Mother, Couch Movie Review - Ewan McGregor

‘Mother, Couch’ Review: A Surreal Journey Through Family Dynamics and Existential Conflict

I appreciate all genres of cinema. It’s true: there’s no style of storytelling or any fictional setting that automatically puts me off – I genuinely believe all genres have their respective masterpieces. That said, like any viewer, I have my personal preferences, and, indeed, there are a few types of …

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On Becoming a Guinea Fowl Movie Review

‘On Becoming a Guinea Fowl’ Review: An Important and Necessary Movie by Rungano Nyoni (Cannes)

With On Becoming a Guinea Fowl, director and writer Rungano Nyoni returns to Cannes with an exciting sophomore feature after her successful feature film debut with I Am Not a Witch. Nyoni’s latest film competed in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival, where the Zambia-born director won the …

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Limonov - The Ballad of Eddie Movie Review

‘Limonov: The Ballad’ Review: A Biopic Gone Wrong (Cannes)

Directed by the Russian filmmaker Kirill Serebrennikov, Limonov: The Ballad premiered at the Cannes Film Festival where the film competed for the Palme d’Or in May 2024. Serebrennikov also co-wrote the name with Ben Hopkins and Pawel Pawlikowski. The film is based on Limonov, a 2011 book by Emmanuel Carrére …

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A Quiet Place - Day One: Movie Review

‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Review: Where Apocalyptic Horror Meets Inspiring, Thematically Rich Character Arcs

For cinephiles like me, the vast majority of films watched throughout the year don’t need specific reasons to “convince” me to visit the theater or turn on the TV on one of the streaming channels. That said, there’s always a standout element in the movie to be watched that raises …

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Morissa Maltz, Jasmine Bearkiller Shangreaux, and Syriah Fool Head Means

Morrisa Maltz and ‘Jazzy’ stars on Capturing Childhood, Friendship, and Growth

Morrisa Maltz, Jasmine Bearkiller Shangreaux, and Syriah Fool Head Means sat down with us in an exclusive interview to chat about their film, Jazzy. Filmmaker Morrisa Maltz made a mark on the film world with The Unknown Country and gave us a glimpse of her storytelling prowess. Now, two years …

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Arze Movie Review

‘Arzé’ Review: Bicycle Thieves Riff is a Striking Directorial Debut

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In Mira Shaib’s Beirut-set drama, Arzé,  the narrative framework that is imitated is that of Bicycle Thieves, a pantheonic piece of Italian neorealism. Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 classic follows a father and his son searching for a stolen bike, a symbol of means …

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