With the first Hunger Games, many remarked that it was surprisingly violent for a young adult film. The second isn’t quite as violent, but it’s is surprisingly dark and gritty. Many wondered whether swapping director Gary Ross for Francis Lawrence would result in a more mainstream, Hollywood-ised tale, but instead it’s rather gone the other way, with a film that doesn’t pull its punches over the darkness and pain at its heart, or try to make its hero less flawed than she is. [Read more…]
It seems you guys can’t get enough of gay short films, as the Boys On Film reviews we posted last week have proved extremely popular. After Hard Love, In Too Deep, American Boy and Protect Me From What I Want, today we move on to the fifth in the great series, Candy Boy, which we’re reviewing ahead of the release of the eighth compilation, Boys On Film: Cruel Britannia, which is out May 28th (and which we’ll be reviewing later this week).
Candy Boy features nine shorts, so take a look at what we think of them below. [Read more…]
Set in Mississippi in the early 60s, The Help deals with the world of segregation, when black women raised the children of white women, but weren’t allowed to use the same drinking fountains, sit in the same part of the bus and, as the movie says, often couldn’t even use the same toilet.
Young, rather liberal, Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns home after getting a college education to find that the black maid she’s known and loved since childhood, Constantine (Cicely Tyson), no longer works for them, but nobody will tell her exactly why not. While all Skeeter’s friends are busy becoming wives and mothers – and never questioning the idea that the black women who work in their houses should be treated as second class citizens – Skeeter embarks on a project to write a book about these maid’s experience of lif. However she needs to recruit some of ‘the help’ to tell her about their lives. [Read more…]