Whilst mental health isn’t something we at Ready, Steady, Cut! would ordinarily dedicate entire posts to, we collectively feel it appropriate and in our duty as a largely-used online source to both support and encourage breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Have some personal insight from our own photographer and writer at Ready, Steady, Cut!, Manpreet Singh:
Although I’m usually seen gallivanting around this website showcasing my photography, I felt it only appropriate to discuss something which is on everyone’s mind for a change today: mental health. If not for mental health, I’d say it’s very unlikely my passion for photography would even exist. My name is Manpreet Singh, and those who know me well enough know about my encounters with mental health (namely, depression) and those who don’t know me that well probably know of it, too – it’s not something I’m quiet about anymore.
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This documentary follows the life and death of Marsha P. Johnson. She was a gay African American who was a leading figure in fighting for gay rights from the beginning of the movement. However, in 1992 she was found dead, floating in the Hudson River.
Although this documentary is enlightening as we follow the life of an extremely powerful voice in the LGBT community, unfortunately, the documentary does not offer the high-quality coverage Marsha P. Johnson deserves.
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In this, a film chronicling the minefield of adolescence for a young boy struggling to find who he is, a young man with a difficult home life comes of age in Miami during America’s “War on Drugs” era. The tale of his adolescence is told through three chapters which detail every element of his teenage years and young adulthood, and highlight his struggle in trying to discover who he really is.
Maybe I’ve left things very understated with that short synopsis of Moonlight, but then, maybe I haven’t. The film has a very basic concept, but, much like Fences, does the simple things very well. Perhaps the reason it has been so well received is that it is a film that resonates with everyone on some level. Whatever it is, it has ensured that the film has taken the world by storm.
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Long Shot proves that some exoneration stories do have immediate happy endings. Regardless, the fact these situations occur is incredulously problematic. The likes of Making a Murderer and Time: The Kalief Browder Story proves one thing; life is all about being in the right place at the right time. Long Shot’s message is perhaps that. The fact is, Juan Catalan was extremely lucky and this documentary, that provides a series of TV footage and unused camera shots, is almost an insult to the justice system.
Juan Catalan was accused of murdering a 16-year-old. One witness described a gentleman with a moustache and hair below the bottom lip. Fortunately for Juan, he was at a baseball game, but what is even more providential is that HBO was recording a TV series at that time. Considering that this documentary is only forty-minutes long, it gets a lot of information transferred to the viewer fairly quickly. It celebrates coincidence and the ridiculousness of evidence that the police live off. Long Shot bares the hallmarks of a human near-disaster.
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In a few weeks, Ridley Scott will return to his slimy, spacefaring baby for Alien: Covenant; the second prequel in a trilogy that began with Prometheus, and could end in God-knows-what way. In the meantime, we have Life, a serviceable clone of Scott’s 1979 classic that packs a little more believability into a much lesser movie.
Set aboard the International Space Station and stocked with an expendable six-man crew, Life mines its drama from a soil sample of the Red Planet that contains a single-celled parasitic predator. According to the movie, the mission’s benefactors are America, Russia and China, which are not entirely coincidentally the market territories Life is targeting. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Ariyon Bakare, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Olga Dihovichnaya as a range of science-types that are basically personality traits hung from a field of study. Reynolds is the snarky one, which is hardly surprising given that the screenplay is attributed to Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who also penned his self-aware wish-fulfilment fantasy, Deadpool.
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