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REVIEW- The Guest: On mirrors, scientific beauty and Ryan Gosling lookalikes
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REVIEW- The Guest: On mirrors, scientific beauty and Ryan Gosling lookalikes

A question often pondered during this 2014 thriller is: why didn’t they just hire the very similar-looking Ryan Gosling? We get his best impersonator instead. Should Ryan Gosling have played the role of stranger David, the film might’ve been a bit more favourable since Gosling has a likeability that is genuine and unmatched. While Dan … Continue reading

REVIEW- Amy: On addiction, perfection and jazz
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REVIEW- Amy: On addiction, perfection and jazz

Amy Winehouse is not reduced in this film. Her life is shown piecemeal, beginning with a beautfiul home video of Amy singing Happy Birthday. She is with her friends and suddenly steals the show with her voice. They react as if this has happened before.   The story continues through video clips and interviews with friends. It feels overwhelmingly tragic and in hindsight all … Continue reading

REVIEW- Mistress America: On screwball comedy, women and being 30, flirty and thriving
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REVIEW- Mistress America: On screwball comedy, women and being 30, flirty and thriving

A spiritual sequel to Frances Ha, Mistress America reunites director and writer Noah Baumbach with writer and star Greta Gerwig for a wacky tale of coming of age against descending farce. Tracy (Lola Kirke) is a college freshman in New York; lonely and dissatisfied, she reaches out to her soon-to-be stepsister Brooke (Greta Gerwig). Brooke … Continue reading

REVIEW- The Stanford Prison Experiment: On psychology, sanity and morality
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REVIEW- The Stanford Prison Experiment: On psychology, sanity and morality

If you’ve ever taken a psychology class, chances are you know about the Stanford Prison Experiment conducted by Professor Philip Zimbardo in 1971. The experiment that revolutionized psychology took twenty-four undergraduate students at Stanford University and placed them in a mock prison in the basement of one of the university buildings. Half of the students … Continue reading