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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★

    All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players in Josephine Decker's dazzling and highly original rumination on art, motherhood, cultural appropriation & self-worth. It's a film not only bursting at its seams with ideas and concepts, in the process it is also rethinking what Cinema is and what it can aspire to. It's part movie, part art installation, but it's always playful and inventive. Decker's film provides a lens to look at both the world and…

  • An Elephant Sitting Still

    An Elephant Sitting Still

    ★★★½

    The everlasting discussion of art vs the artist is at the forefront of Hu Bo's 'An Elephant Sitting Still', with the eponymous pachyderm serving as a metaphor for something that is both momentous and magnificent, sitting on top of the world to observe and take in its surroundings, not able to comprehend the world he's living in. With the director taking his own life after the completion of the film, art and artist become entwined and the film's disparity comes…

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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★

    The accumulation of moments on display in Minding the gap makes for a poignant portrait of three teenagers, their dreams, their ideals and the way how they are slowly trying to figure out their identity. Their's a Boyhood-sense of wonder here, a story evolving organically against the daily grind of rust-belt America. Skateboarding becomes an outlet for pent-up emotions and frustrations, an act that brings unison and composure to the turbulence of life. I absolutely loved this.

  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★

    While Pixar once took the reigns of smart, all four quadrant-orientated animated story-telling, current animation seems to miss the spark that's both igniting and fueling my childlike imagination. Watching The Iron Giant (for the first time, *bashfully ashamed*) reminds me that once there was an era, an era that wasn't dictated by pixelated worlds, humdrum storytelling and flimsy characters. An era that seems to be a forlorn past in the light of current affairs (Turbo, Epic, The Croods and another…