Posts by Nish Israni

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    Inside Out Reviews Part 2

    May 25th, 2016     by Nish Israni     Comments

    For more than two decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto’s LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. The Inside Out Film Festival runs from May 26 to June 5. Tickets for all screenings are $11 for students with ID and $10 for youth under 18. Youth under 25 can attend all weekday screenings before 6:00PM for free. Part 2 of our series on Inside Out reviews Major and Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things. READ MORE

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    Body Hair Politics: A Brown Girl’s Point of View

    January 11th, 2016     by Nish Israni     Comments

    We asked writers to share their relationship with their body hair for our upcoming alternative beauty issue. This is the final instalment in our series READ MORE

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    Magic Mike Likes It Big

    July 9th, 2015     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Just watched Magic Mike XXL with my bestie, and have to say that I was very disappointed. The plot was very weak, loose and didn’t follow that well. I couldn’t for the life of me explain or justify what happens in the film during the parts where there aren’t sexy men dancing for a crowd, but I did think to myself as I left the theatre that big women were quite the focus of the film and perhaps even inspired the title. Throughout the film, I noticed big women making appearances—in line to get into the clubs with their friends, or sitting on the couches watching the acts, or dancing with their friends. READ MORE

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    She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry: An Inside Out Perspective

    June 2nd, 2015     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Did you know that this year was Inside Out Film Festival’s 25th Anniversary? The long running LGBT festival took place from May 21-31, screening all of its films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. I was lucky to catch a few films during the 10-day queer/trans movie extravaganza. I plan on reporting back on the films that I watched, sharing my reviews with Shameless readers, starting with the premiere of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry. READ MORE

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    From zines to online community: Masala Militia’s one-year anniversary

    May 23rd, 2014     by Nish Israni     Comments

    Masala Militia is a year-old Toronto-based, feminist-oriented online magazine, zine, and movement focusing on a variety of topics affecting self-identified brown girls and women of the brown diaspora. READ MORE

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    Film review: Peaches Does Herself

    June 7th, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    The first time I heard a Peaches song was when Masti Khor did a burlesque number to her song song “Fuck the Pain Away” at a show. I was immediately drawn to Peaches, then and there. I had heard folks raving about Peaches, but had never bothered to get into her music. I think it was my rebellious nature not wanting to follow the crowd, but I soon realized I had been missing out, big … READ MORE

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    Queers Who Pray: An Elisha Lim endeavour

    May 21st, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    I have had the pleasure of many run-ins with Elisha Lim at various community events, and have been totally blown away by their work. Thus, I feel compelled to promote their recent endeavour, a film called Queers Who Pray. Elisha is a brilliant and multi-talented artist who has illustrated comics, books and anthologies, as well as exhibited portraits in international galleries and screened short films all over the world. They have also self-published beautiful and endearing … READ MORE

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    Film review: Facing Mirrors

    May 9th, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    With the Inside Out film festival just around the corner, I am reminded of last year’s festival where I saw some really interesting, amazing and heartwarming films that I hope to tell you all about. I had gone to an event called “Sister Spit” where I won a membership to the festival through their raffle prizes. If it hadn’t been for them, I wouldn’t have been able to access the festival like I did. One of … READ MORE

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    Hit So Hard

    February 26th, 2013     by Nish Israni     Comments

    “Hit So Hard” is a compelling tale about Patty Schemel’s life and near death experience with substance abuse. Patty, the original drummer for the band Hole, gives us a personal recounting of her time in the spotlight, as well as what it was like for her coming out as a gay rockstar. The camera follows Patty and her band from modest beginnings to international fame. In the male-dominated, sexist music industry with the rock gods … READ MORE