The Cinema Cult’s Top 5 Films of 2019 (So Far)

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With the first half of 2019 coming to a close, many film fans are beginning to discuss their favourite movies of the year so far. While blockbuster cinema has failed to make much of an impact, there have been some truly fantastic story-driven releases. Without further ado, here are The Cinema Cult’s top 5 films of 2019 (so far).

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Review – Fast Color

Fast Color Review

We now live in an era of the comic book film. Filled with huge set-pieces, the genre continues to demolish box office records. While some of these movies have started to integrate more nuanced narratives, they have largely been CGI filled crowd-pleasers. Co-written and directed by Julia Hart, Fast Color is a new superhero origin that trades action and spectacle for a grounded story, propelled by well-developed characters.

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The Dangers of Tribalism in Cinema Fandom

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Everyone has an opinion when it comes to film. While there are some objective elements to be critiqued, cinema is a largely subjective art-form. You may like a certain movie while someone else may not. In an ideal world, these disagreements would result in conversations highlighting what you admired, while admitting the faults, creating a civil discourse that takes in alternate viewpoints. Unfortunately, these interactions are becoming few and far between. Many of us seem to believe that you have to pick a “side”, or in fact that there are “sides” to pick at all. This tribalistic sentiment has been brewing in online film circles for a while but seems to have reached a boiling point with a few recent blockbusters.

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Review – Little Woods

Little Woods

Gender equality in film is one of the biggest subjects being discussed within modern cinema circles. In the past, neither actresses nor female filmmakers have been represented in the way they deserved. Thankfully, recent history has shown the tide to be shifting, with releases that have felt completely natural. Written and directed by Nia DaCosta, with Tessa Thompson and Lily James starring, Little Woods is a movie focused on its characters, resulting in a grounded story that exceptionally highlights the struggles of modern America.

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Review – Arctic

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While many films pit their protagonist against a human counterpart, others depict those who must face the natural elements and all that comes with it. Co-written and directed by Joe Penna, Arctic is a new survival drama film that aims to do just that. Gruelling in its subject matter and purposeful in its pace, this is a movie that successfully delivers a brutal experience.

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