On-Screen, Off-Screen: Cormac McCarthy or How I Learned to Stop Believing in Anything and Love The Void

"On-Screen, Off-Screen" is our new monthly film series created to showcase a more personal retrospective about some of our favourite filmmakers. Each month, one 25YL staffer will choose one of their own favourite filmmakers - be it a director or performer or writer or composer or production designer, etc - and will analyse what it …

Individual Petals of the Same Flower: The Collective Fabric in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia

Nature vs. Nurture is one of my favorite philosophical debates. On one side of the ring, René Descartes, suggesting that human beings are born with innate ideas that inform our decision-making and relationship with the world for the rest of our lives. Across from Descartes stands John Locke, who suggested that human beings begin life …

Battling Ego and Searching for Love in Boogie Nights

The eternal struggle of the human circumstance is discovering the purpose of one's life. We spend countless hours in school, working jobs, or deep in thought attempting to ascertain the reason for our existence. For some, they believe that discovering what they are most passionate about, or that for which they have a particular talent …

On-Screen, Off-Screen: My Life Inspired by Nicolas Winding Refn

"On-Screen, Off-Screen" is our new monthly film series created to showcase a more personal retrospective about some of our favourite filmmakers. Each month, one 25YL staffer will choose one of their own favourite filmmakers - be it a director or performer or writer or composer or production designer, etc - and will analyse what it …

Take Shelter: A Portrait of America’s Mental Health Crisis

We desperately need to talk about mental health issues, immediately. Inspired by the boldness and rapidity of the #metoo movement, the defining issue of this decade and possibly the century, I feel more comfortable pointing out other elephants still taking up residence in this room. As a heterosexual white male, there are mountains of challenges …

As Seen on Twin Peaks: David Duchovny in The Joneses

The iconic David Duchovny is one of the most recognisable faces from American TV over the past 25 years, having starred in shows like The X-Files, Californication, and Aquarius. While his film career hasn't reached quite the same heights, he has appeared in a number of high profile films including Richard Attenborough's biographical comedy-drama, Chaplin. …