Film

Captain Marvel isn’t exactly marvellous

March 20, 2019

She doesn’t really have much motivation throughout the film. Her role is somewhat passive, with her story often pushed forward by external forces. She has this strange arc that involves something like inverse growth.

Film

Is Adam Sandler one of the best actors alive?

March 20, 2019

Although his name sits only at 49th place on BoxOfficeMojo’s list of the highest-grossing actors (the price of never starring in a superhero or sci-fi blockbuster, one reckons), there are few movie stars that have

Film

The serial flow of true crime documentaries

March 6, 2019

Similar to other entertainment media, there has been an emergence of fandom culture surrounding these Netflix series with people making memes & writing witty tweets about various developments in the cases, which only serve to further the desensitisation of violent crimes.

Film

An ode to Stanley Donen

March 6, 2019

Funnily enough, although a legend, Donen had never won an Academy Award for any of his works. However, in 1998 he received a lifetime achievement “in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation.”

Film

You’re a nice one, Mr. Grinch

December 12, 2018

The Grinch is a lovable anti-hero compared to his successors in Illumination’s rendition of the classic Christmas film. The film opened in cinemas on November 9th and will run over the Christmas period. It was

Film

Creating a good villain is no joking matter

December 12, 2018

“A protagonist and his story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them” said Robert McKee, author and story-consultant.

Film

Stan Lee’s legacy will live on

November 28, 2018

His cameos have become an iconic feature in Marvel movies, a feature that fans of the movies look out for. He has had some memorable lines such as “Are you Tony Stank?” in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

Film

Widows, an empowering heist thriller

November 28, 2018

Police brutality and government corruption provide the backdrop to the drama, but it’s fundamentally an entertaining, fast-paced mainstream movie about a team of very cool women stealing a lot of money.

Film

The Hate U Give tackles uncomfortable topics

November 28, 2018

This film is not an easy one to watch. Scenes of riots, funerals and protests looked authentic and were gut-wrenching to see. A credit to the cast, and Audrey Wells who adapted the book into it’s screenplay, for keeping scenes honest and painfully true.

Film

The Crimes of Grindelwald, an underwhelming success

November 28, 2018

The series is hard to compare to its predecessor.  JK Rowling is credited as the writer, and David Yates, who directed the final four Potter films, and the first Fantastic Beasts takes directorial reins.  Obviously the source material is not at the same level, but this is still an enjoyable film regardless of its flaws.

Articles

Keeping the magic in children’s films alive, generation after generation

November 14, 2018

The attitude of inclusion and acceptance is growing internationally. The portrayal of these changing narratives can be seen in children’s films. The reason the quality of the stories did not deteriorate is because films still use the classic formula of good vs evil and other constant variables.

Articles

The wrath of Michael Myers, 40 years on

October 31, 2018

Halloween reminds audiences what a ruthless killer Myers really is, slaughtering anything that comes across his path. He is completely void of emotion, an unstoppable killing machine. This is the true terror of Michael Myers.

Film

Welcome to the House of Horrors

October 31, 2018

The appeal of a horror movie is being afraid, and nothing is more frightening than the ‘monsters’ not actually being monsters, but rather, people.

Film

The art of God-awful cinema

October 17, 2018

If one could compare (Tommy Wiseau) to anything, it would be a two-legged chihuahua. You can’t help but feel pity for the poor thing, yet you’re rooting for them all the same, because they’re trying.

Film

Lady Gaga soars in A Star is Born

October 17, 2018

What truly elevates ASIB compared to its modern rivals is surprisingly simple. They casted people who could actually sing.

Film

Review: A Simple Favour

October 17, 2018

The film is reminiscent of the thriller “Gone Girl” and has enough to fill viewers expectations. Emily won’t answer Stephanie’s calls or text messages so Stephanie takes to her blog to begin investigating Emily’s sudden disappearance.

Articles

The rise and fall and rise again of musical film

October 3, 2018

Modern Western musical theatre emerged during the 19th century, but ground breaking
works such as Oklahoma! didn’t appear until the 20th Century. Some of the most famous
musicals throughout the decades that followed include West Side Story, Les Misérables, The
Phantom of the Opera and Wicked.