Farah Cheded

Farah Cheded is a Senior Contributor at Film School Rejects. Outside of FSR, she can be found having epiphanies about Martin Scorsese movies here @AttractionF and reviewing Columbo episodes here.
Best Breakout Performances

The 15 Best Breakout Performances of 2021

By Farah Cheded 

From seasoned professionals getting their long-overdue recognition to newcomers who were plucked from obscurity through pure chance, here are 15 performers who signaled a bright horizon for cinema this year.

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler

The Man Who Inspired ‘Nightcrawler’ (and Other Movies)

By Farah Cheded 

What connects ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ and ‘The Naked City’? One 1930s crime scene photographer.

Eremita Anthologies Ashley Connor

‘Eremita (Anthologies)’ Harbors Appeal Beyond the Average Pandemic Response Movie

By Farah Cheded 

This anthology of shorts offers a precious peek at the directorial visions of five leading cinematographers.

Breakout Performances

The 20 Best Breakout Performances of 2020

By Farah Cheded 

These unforgettable performances from newcomers illuminate the myriad ways there are to leave an indelible impact on cinema.

Nimic Lanthimos Matt Dillon

Yorgos Lanthimos Gets Even Weirder with Anti-Doppelgänger Short ‘Nimic’

By Farah Cheded 

The director of ‘The Favourite’ ruminates on his favorite theme in this eerie short film starring Matt Dillon.

Another Round

‘Another Round’ Can’t Escape Its Own Hangover

By Farah Cheded 

Despite an intoxicating performance from Mads Mikkelsen, the novelty of the film’s provocative premise soon fizzles out.

Dafoe Siberia Abel Ferrara

With ‘Siberia,’ Abel Ferrara Pushes New Boundaries

By Farah Cheded 

Willem Dafoe is in his element in cult director Abel Ferrara’s nightmarish, experimental journey into the subconscious.

Badlands Terrence Malick Sky

Style is Substance in ‘Badlands’

By Farah Cheded 

An exploration of how the visuals of Terrence Malick’s debut paint the dream world Kit and Holly are chasing.

Rewind Breakout Performances

The Breakout Performances of 2019

By Farah Cheded 

With these rising talents on the horizon, the future looks very bright indeed.