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Review: The Innocents

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It’s regrettable that a couple of prospective viewers will come into Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents carrying assumptions based off of the notoriety she achieved with her 2013 film Adoration.  The latter film mightn’t have been widely seen, but the dramatic allure of having Naomi Watts and Robin Wright fuck each other’s sons certainly ensured that Fontaine’s tale of horned up middle-aged womanhood got its name recognition. It would be a shame, however, for the director’s provocative choice of material to distract from her obvious talents. With The Innocents, she brings thought and effectiveness to sombre territory. The Innocents looks at
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Review: Clash

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Mohamed Diab’s Clash offers crucial insight into the Egyptian uprisings of 2013. It is of no surprise that this film is shot in a documentary style, especially given Diab’s heavy involvement in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011; the events of which set the scene for Crash’s post-revolutionary, post-Arab Spring timeline. Incidentally, his directing debut, Cairo 678, was a film described by A. O. Scott of the New York Times as “unmistakably a harbinger of that Revolution”. So, it seems congruent that as his sophomore film, Clash continues to draw attention to the tribulations and maladies of everyday Egyptian people from
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Videogames Are A Great Storytelling Medium

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  ‘Are videogames art?’ This is all you need to say to stir the pot in the gaming community. Ask them; are videogames on the same level as film, novels, or television? Some vehemently say yes. ‘Of course they are’. But the rest? ‘No, they’re just for entertainment.’ ‘It doesn’t matter. Videogames are a waste of time.’ ‘You don’t play games for the story.’ But I do. As a child I was obsessed with The Sims 2, an infamous sim game where you take control of the lives of virtual people (or Sims). It’s a game entirely without plot, but
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