Bill Burr: If I’m Joking, Then I’m Joking

If you were to take all of Bill Burr’s jokes at face value, he’d come across as a misogynistic, homophobic, racist psychopath you would want no business being around. Especially if you’re a woman.  But he’s not. Because he’s joking. He said so. “If I’m saying something and I’m joking, then I’m joking. This is…

Shu Qi: Erotica, Art, and Everything In Between

Hollywood actresses have often bared it all on the silver screen – it comes with the territory – but how many of them can boast a CV with the words former porn star? Not to say that Taiwanese-born actress Shu Qi goes around flaunting her XXX credentials, but it is now common knowledge among Chinese…

Sicario: Looking at the Lives Ravaged by the War On Drugs

Violence has erected itself as a towering monolith in pop culture, whether it is gratuitously slapped on to spike box office digits, or delivered with rich undertones of weight and meaning. Denis Villeneuve is no stranger to the pervasive bloodshed, having directed films such as “Polytechnique”, a chillingly accurate reconstruction of the Montreal university massacre, and “Incendies”, a grim narrative documenting a family’s exploits during Lebanon’s extended civil war. His latest film, “Sicario”, chronicles the Mexican drug-war and the bloody detritus it leaves in its wake, grabbing you by the throat from the get-go with staggering shots of mutilated bodies hanging from bridges and scores of upright, desecrated corpses trapped between layers of drywall.