When Candyman (2021) was announced a few years ago, horror twitter couldn’t help but scream from the rooftops. Helmed by promising new director Nia Dacosta and produced by Jordan Peele, it seemed like the “reboot” or “spiritual sequel” would do justice to the original.
The answer is no, not while all 10 X-Men films still exist. However, the newest addition to the DCEU comes close!
I see my father’s face every night before I go to sleep. Not because he’s in the room with me, but because of the photo, one of ten I have of him, rests on a blue, weathered 19th-century chest on a dresser at the foot of my bed. In it, he is holding me, swaddled in winter clothes. Sometimes I stare at it so that I won’t forget what his face looks like.
From documentaries about Black lesbian sex workers to low-budget dramas about the AIDS crisis, writer Kaiya Shunyata selects ten underseen queer films that beg to be in the spotlight.
In April 2020, right after the world began to go into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pop star Charli XCX announced she would be making an album. This wasn’t just any album though, with Charli admitting she would be making the entire thing in quarantine, mostly by herself. After this announcement came fan collaborations like no other, an album filled with euphoria, and now the documentary Alone Together.
Since the dawn of Tumblr theory and ideology, the question of what goes into being queer has plagued the internet. Growing up on the blogging site placed many ideas in my head, but as I slowly stopped using it, I realized that those ideas were leaving me as well.
That is, until I joined TikTok in late 2020.
Kaiya Shunyata speaks with Jonathan Parks-Ramage about his debut novel Yes, Daddy.
Sunset Boulevard (1950) meets The Assistant (2020) with this new thrilling drama. In Yes, Daddy, a young gay writer – Jonah – is struggling: money is tight, he has a strained relationship with his mother, and he desperately wants to be a writer. One night while working as a host at his exploitative job, he meets famous playwright Richard, who quickly becomes enamored with him.
We’ll always have hilarious clips from the film to watch, ones that make X-Men: Apocalypse the loveable and memeified film it is.
The question of sex scenes’ value is one that’s been posed for years. On Film Twitter, the discourse is renewed every few months, with some people arguing that cinema doesn’t need sex scenes anymore. In truth though, sex scenes have already begun to disappear from films, which makes the need for them even greater.
In the early to mid 2010’s, it seemed like almost every YA series was receiving a film adaptation. From the success of The Hunger Games (2012) to The Fault in Our Stars (2014), teens could see their favourite dystopian novels and romantic tearjerkers brought to life. But, there was one series that felt like it would never see adaptation. Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy debuted in 2012 (with each follow up released yearly in succession), and was met with high praise...
Perhaps the most iconic television series of the 2010s, Game of Thrones debuted on April 17th, 2011. Since then, the show has become larger than life, spanning 8 seasons, and being nominated for 160 Emmys (and winning 59 of them!). Three of those Emmy nominations went to Iranian-German composer Ramin Djawadi, who worked on Game of Thrones’ original score for all 8 seasons.
When it was first announced that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was going into production, many people were left scratching their heads. Why did Captain America’s wingmen need their own show? Where will this story fit in the MCU? And why are they getting a TV show, and not a film? To answer the first question: Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes have always been the heart of the Captain America films.
Revenge films can take many faces. From the Kill Bill duology to I Spit on Your Grave, it’s a genre that’s been in flux for decades. It’s rare for a film like Violation to come around, a piece of art that attempts to take the genre apart and piece it back together. The film breathes new life into a genre of film that tends to traumatize its characters for the sake of the audience and attempts to break down what exactly the act of revenge can do to the human psyche.