Tag: Harry Gallon

BOOK REVIEW: Every Fox is a Rabid Fox

‘Every Fox is a Rabid Fox’ reflects issues of class, mental illness and how the unhappiness, depression and toxic masculinity of older generations are passed down to their children – sounds like a cheery number, that’s just from the blurb on the back of the book. You will be hard pressed though to read another

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FILM REVIEW: The Shepherd (El Pastor)

The Shepherd (El Pastor) is a beautiful and tragic (if formulaic) tale of the individual against the system, of want versus need, man versus nature, and the romantic longing for the bucolic that stirs our desire to reject society and live in the wilderness. However, Anselmo, the film’s namesake and protagonist (played with endearing severity

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FILM REVIEW: Lady Macbeth

Lady Macbeth spans the chasm of 19th Century and present-day patriarchal oppression in the bleak cold of the absolute north of England. Get ready to shiver. This low-budget Victorian thriller is colder than that English classroom you had first thing on a Monday in Year 7. Adapted by Alice Birch from Nikolai Leskov’s Lady Macbeth

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FILM REVIEW: The Great Wall

I won’t pretend I didn’t go into this wary of what I’m going to call the ‘Avatar Formula’. That is, some white, Western men go to a foreign land and end up saving the natives despite being responsible for their near-destruction in the first place. But Zhang Yimou’s (House of Flying Daggers) The Great Wall

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FILM REVIEW: 20th Century Women

20th Century Women is about a man. Actually, it’s about masculinity. And femininity. And sexuality. And getting old and growing up and moving on and being a better Jamie. Jamie (played by Lucas Jade Zumann with cotton-fresh nonchalance), is a 15-year-old boy who was born in the sixties, grew up with Nixon, protests and bogus

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