On-Screen, Off-Screen: The Beauty and Wisdom of Sofia Coppola

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation

“On-Screen, Off-Screen” is our 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 is about their on-screen work …

That’s What I’m Talking About: Richard Linklater – An Introduction (Part 1)

I am unsure how most people happen upon the movies of Richard Linklater. In all likelihood, the first film many will have watched, depending on what generation they belong to, would have been something like Dazed and Confused. A later generation would have enjoyed something fairly lightweight---School of Rock perhaps---and not really have taken much …

The Ever-Changing Self in Alex Garland’s Works

Annihilation’s Area X functions like a prism. The ‘light’ (or matter, I suppose) of the rest of the world is refracted through the Shimmer that borders the region and comes together in new ways, changing the molecular makeup of each living creature in the area. It modifies everything, right down to brain chemistry, driving people …

The Firefly Family Massacre: A Rob Zombie Retrospective – Part 1

The Firefly Family up to no good in The Devil's Rejects

Love him or loathe him, Rob Zombie is one of the leading forces in modern horror cinema. A filmmaker whose name alone brings about either applause or ridicule, much to the pleasure (or pain) of his audience over the past 15 years since his directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses. You know you're watching "a …

Annihilation: Life in the Anthropocene

On October 8th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a landmark report to relatively substantial media coverage---a report that has everything to do with science and the future, rather than our latest political disaster. This coverage lasted a day, if that, before we collectively sighed our despair and moved on. The report itself …

The Transformative Power of Indifference

“I'd say you're confusing suicide with self-destruction. Almost none of us commit suicide and almost all of us self-destruct. In some way, in some part of our lives. We drink, or we smoke. We destabilize the good job. Or the happy marriage. These aren't decisions, they're...They're impulses.” - Annihilation (Directed and Screenplay by Alex Garland, …