Troye Sivan: ‘Bloom’ Review

Our Editor Laurie Shelly reviews the young Australian pop-star’s latest album ‘Bloom’ “I’m taking in the sights and measuring the sounds.” On “Seventeen,” the opening track of Troye Sivan’s sophomore album, twenty-three-year-old Sivan recalls a younger version of himself making a conscious decision to record and commit to memory his own coming-of-age. With a strange mixture of discomfort and excitement swirling around amidst warm synths, … Continue reading Troye Sivan: ‘Bloom’ Review

NeoNoir: The Blade Runner 2049 Review

 By Éamonn Grennan There’s a scene just after the violent beginning to the long-awaited and much-feted sequel to Ridley Scott’s seminal masterpiece of science fiction, where Ryan Gosling’s protagonist is flying back to the futuristic LAPD base. The camera magnifies on the high-tech spinner (flying car, essentially) hovering seamlessly across 2049’s main city in the plot. Gigantic metallic swells of skyscrapers, deep chasms of seemingly … Continue reading NeoNoir: The Blade Runner 2049 Review

The Complexity of Perfect Blue’s Horror

Perfect Blue offers a chilling account of identity, and obsession in the digital age, writes Kieran Enright Perfect Blue is by no means a run-of-the-mill animated film. Director Satoshi Kon utilizes the medium of animation to deliver one of the most unsettling, twisted experiences in cinema. The film operates on two facets of horror; the evident aesthetic gore that it depicts, and the disturbing exploration … Continue reading The Complexity of Perfect Blue’s Horror

REVIEW: Rihanna – ANTI

Words: Amy O’ Callaghan Few albums of recent years have been as anticipated and begged for as Barbadian singer Rihanna’s new release, ANTI. Her first release since 2012’s Unapologetic, it was leaked on Tidal, removed and added all in the same day, with Rihanna eventually accompanying the upload with a link for a free download to the album. The hype and anticipation surrounding ANTI could … Continue reading REVIEW: Rihanna – ANTI

REVIEW: Joy

Review: Claire Fox The trailer for Joy which appeared on our TV screens early in the New Year was a catalogue of confusion. It painted Joy as a film about female empowerment, while also containing thriller-like and satirical elements. This confusion of genre surrounding Joy layered the film with a promising sense of excitement. Who wouldn’t want to watch a film where director and screenwriter, … Continue reading REVIEW: Joy