Sunny Senior

Sunetra (Sunny) is an indie journalist, actress and short film writer. She is a popular columnist at a London weekly, and writes extensively on social democracy, Feminism and the psychological nuances of modern society. Her movies have been screened at the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) and Bristol Independent Short Film Festivals (BISFF). Her progressive, perceptive writing cuts across film, current analysis and media. Known for its unerring emotional intelligence, the work focuses on the socio-politically urgent yet unseen. She enjoys combining arts, news and mindfulness to create a unique perspective, championing social change. In 2019, she was published in Oxford University’s journal, PHENOTYPE, investigating the relationship between apex dinosaurs and modern economy! Sunetra specialises in the area of psycho-social evolution. To this end, her Sunshine Reviewing column salutes film, television and media that radiate a uniquely joyful message. Enjoy! T: @SunetraSenior

Review: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is deserving of its flagrantly ironic title. It delivers what is promised: humour that’s pitch-black. Dark comedy has always been used to explore serious social issues in a light-hearted way, but creator/actor Rob McElhenney is particularly adept. Not only does he confront the most personal aspect of life – our humanity – but does so in a way that is thought-provokingly fun. In short, this superb sitcom is an unforeseen advocate of modern morality. The four main characters Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Charlie (Charlie Day) and Mac (Rob McElhenney) are incredibly mean, selfish, vain and cowardly to the point of abstraction. Their questionable choices always lead to anarchic conclusions, both physically and mentally, cleverly subverting their personalities.

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Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: Winter Light

Amidst the cloud-swept moons of crisper evenings comes Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. However, far from being the creepy slasher flick that the title evokes, the film emerges as a stunning work of art. This Wild-West inspired storyline is centred on an Iranian vampire and was produced by Elijah Wood. The movie incredibly demonstrates the transformative power of conceptual creativity. The backdrop is the dark criminal world of the fictional ‘Bad City’, but Amirpour’s artistic vision manages to nurture a vitality that rises, overflows and saturates the whole narrative: profound thinking crafts what could otherwise be gloomy or clichéd territory into an ecosphere of a luminous dream-land.

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Review: Why Silver Linings Playbook is A Story For Every Year

A Rebellious Perspective on Mental Health (2013) “This is what I learned at the hospital. You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, you have a shot at a silver lining.” Pat Solitano

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