articles & reviews

  • The Disaster Artist review: What a story, James!
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on December 6, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Embracing the strangeness of the mystery man behind The Room with confidence and care for details, James Franco muses on long and winding creative roads that might lead you to unexpected outcomes, and laughs at stereotypes surrounding a Hollywood movie set in a hilarious adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir. Some say that psychology explains the decision of those… The post <em>The Disaster Artist</em> review: What a story, James! appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • The Dinner review: Stellar cast do their best, but the plot leaves us hungry for more
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on December 5, 2017 at 12:24 am

    When two brothers and their wives arrive in a luxurious restaurant for a catch-up, we know they weren’t particularly looking forward to meeting each other: Paul calls his brother’s family “apes”, Stan needs to be somewhere else since his campaign demands it. There’s a burning issue, however, that they need to address together – and… The post <em>The Dinner</em> review: Stellar cast do their best, but the plot leaves us hungry for more appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • What Armie Hammer, Buzzfeed and Twitter prove about toxic online discourse
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on November 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Twitter, eh? Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. And if you aren’t there, you might not want to do it to yourself; at worst, you’ll be missing out on good jokes. You can get that elsewhere, though. “What happened now?” you ask, trying to understand what I’m on about again, and why I… The post What Armie Hammer, Buzzfeed and Twitter prove about toxic online discourse appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Sexiest Man Alive 2017 by Beside: An alternative list
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on November 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

     You had one job, People Magazine… and because we don’t quite agree with this year’s Sexiest Man Alive verdict, here’s our alternative list of the sexiest guys who have also collectively done far too many fantastic things this year. Yes, we know – these pretty face rankings are bullshit and all that, and we normally… The post Sexiest Man Alive 2017 by Beside: An alternative list appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Let them eat cake drink lattes. Sandwiches, millennials and the property ladder
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on November 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Sometimes, you scroll through Twitter and something with a clickbaity news title just sits in your feed, waiting for you. Everyone’s done it: in the times when everyone’s got the attention span of a goldfish (mea culpa, mea maxima culpa) various publications compete for engagement relentlessly. And the Evening Standard seems to get to me every… The post Let them <strike>eat cake</strike> drink lattes. Sandwiches, millennials and the property ladder appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Ingrid Goes West review: When life goes off the Instagram grid
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on November 14, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Tackling the millennial generation’s obsessions with projecting perfect lives on social media, Ingrid Goes West laughs at the extremes but makes you relate – even if it doesn’t fully escape the cliche. The millennial generation’s relationship with social media has inevitably found its way into film. Filmmakers have turned it into a horror (Friend Request), an analysis… The post <em>Ingrid Goes West</em> review: When life goes off the Instagram grid appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool review: Sublime performances make the Hollywood romance come alive
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on November 11, 2017 at 4:04 am

    While life writes the best of stories that speak to all of us on another level, sometimes it’s tough for a film to recreate it without idealising it overly or overdosing on melodrama. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool takes a fascinating real story and translates it to the screen on its own terms. Although… The post <em>Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool</em> review: Sublime performances make the Hollywood romance come alive appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Short film to watch: Jodeb’s Learn: First World Problems
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on October 29, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Quebec-based artist Jonathan Desbiens, widely known as Jodeb, examines how much damage ratty words can bring in his poignant short film. He analyses their impact on our creativity, but also poses a question if competitiveness is anything else than a titular first world problem. Talking about their superior, the youngsters exchange biting remarks that overwhelm the… The post Short film to watch: Jodeb’s <em>Learn: First World Problems</em> appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • The Death of Stalin review: The politics of paranoia explained in a comedy of errors
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on October 19, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    In the post-war Soviet Russia, nothing can keep you safe except the wholehearted dedication to the Communist Party. Sons inform on their fathers, one unfortunate joke can get you killed or sent to Siberia, and the total compliance to the government is the only thing that can keep you safe (but what does that even… The post <em>The Death of Stalin</em> review: The politics of paranoia explained in a comedy of errors appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

  • Thelma review: A sharp variation on coming-of-age thriller
    by Kasia Kwasniewska on October 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Norway’s foreign language film Oscar entry is a poignant coming-of-age film, rich with well-executed symbolism and vicious tension that echoes Carrie and recent Raw in its power. The change of environment didn’t bring Thelma much relief. She struggles to fit in, and the joy that the new discoveries can bring her are numbed by her… The post <em>Thelma</em> review: A sharp variation on coming-of-age thriller appeared first on Beside Magazine. […]

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