LFF 2020 – ‘Industry’ is Gripping Start to the Series

Investment bankers are not a profession with a good public image. Seen by many as responsible for the 2008 global financial crisis, it is easy to see why. So, this begs the question, what type of people would want to become investment bankers in today’s world? It is understandable that it’s a role that pays particularly well, but the dubious ethical nature of the work … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Industry’ is Gripping Start to the Series

LFF 2020 – ‘Days’ Emphasises on Small Significant Moments

Tsai Ming-liang returns from exile to bring to us his new film Days, a film that captures the beauty and sometimes heartache of those fleeting interactions you think about forever. Starring Tsai’s long-time collaborator Lee Kang-Sheng, the film follows two men as they slowly meet, and then part, their before and afters completely unknown to us.  Days is a film entirely about the moment. Despite a runtime … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Days’ Emphasises on Small Significant Moments

LFF 2020 – ‘Sound for the Future’ is a Unique Look into Post-Punk

What is post-punk? It is a classification given to bands from The Specials to Orange Juice, from The Fall to DEVO. At its base it is a slower, more reggae influenced punk, heavier on bass and less focused on the rejection of a faceless and apolitical “authority”. Heavy stuff. Very theoretical. There have been many books written on the post-punk era, Simon Reynolds’ Rip It Up … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Sound for the Future’ is a Unique Look into Post-Punk

LFF 2020 – ‘Undine’ is Bold and Captiviating

Christian Petzold is a director renowned for his ability to bring historical narratives into our modern times with ease. His previous films, Barbara, Phoenix, and Transit have all grappled with German history while seamlessly drawing parallels with today. His latest film, Undine, is perhaps his most ambitious attempt to do this – based on the ancient myth of the same name.  Petzold’s take on the myth of the Undine is elusive at best, perhaps purposefully, … Continue reading LFF 2020 – ‘Undine’ is Bold and Captiviating

The Juice #1 – So Macho!

Welcome to The Juice, a monthly column at The Slice where we present to you a curated programme of films to tune into each month! This month our programme is So Macho! Looking at masculinity in American cinema.  For better or for worse, a defining facet of Americana is its depiction of masculinity. Stretching from the detective heroes of the golden age through the Reagan … Continue reading The Juice #1 – So Macho!

TIFF 2020 – ‘Fauna’ (2020)

Mexican cinema has given rise to some of the most impressive directors in recent memory. Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, and Guillermo del Toro have all created films of international acclaim, bringing Mexico’s national cinema into the spotlight. Despite this, more often than not the depiction of Mexico we see on screen is one filled with the same old tired tropes of drug lords, slums, … Continue reading TIFF 2020 – ‘Fauna’ (2020)

TIFF 2020 – ‘Enemies of the State’

There was a time during the late noughties through to the mid-2010s that hacktivism seemed to reach its peak in terms of public interest. High profile cases such as those of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning caught international attention, and this helped generate interest in what they were uncovering. To be a whistle-blower was, by and large, to be considered a hero. This year at … Continue reading TIFF 2020 – ‘Enemies of the State’

Review – ‘Tenet’

As we are all invited to re-enter cinemas after a long and traumatic lockdown, what better way to celebrate the reopening of cinemas than to watch the latest Christopher Nolan. A director who has gained a reputation for delivering intelligent, dark, and yet entertaining blockbusters, his latest film, Tenet, takes on the world of international espionage, with a time-travel-imbued twist. After promising to be the … Continue reading Review – ‘Tenet’

Fantasia ’20 Review – ‘PVT Chat’

From the opening few minutes of Ben Hozie’s PVT Chat we know we’re in for a ride. His third feature, the sometime filmmaker, sometime rocker with band BODEGA, this time brings us an interesting and depraved insight into how the distinctions between virtual and physical spaces can make us become estranged from the latter. Starring Uncut Gems’ Julia Fox and Someone Great’s Peter Vack, the … Continue reading Fantasia ’20 Review – ‘PVT Chat’

Hinterland Cinema: Class, Suburbia, and Regionalism in British Cinema

A recent trend in British cinema has been to look backwards to supposedly simpler times, perhaps to glean something as to how to make our current times more manageable. Even before the pandemic, we were living in unprecedented times politically, with the landscape slipping further and further right both in terms of politicians and their interests, and the media’s coverage of socio-political problems. In a … Continue reading Hinterland Cinema: Class, Suburbia, and Regionalism in British Cinema

Are You Talking to Me?: Political Debate On Screen

Perhaps one of the strangest shows on Netflix is Dear White People. Based in the historically Black halls of residence at an Ivy League college, the show follows a cast of characters as they attempt to navigate an environment built to repress them. It’s a show that manages to encapsulate the political awareness of young people, especially young Black people, and is rare in the … Continue reading Are You Talking to Me?: Political Debate On Screen