Film

It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus

October 30, 2019

As the evenings grow darker, and colder, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind – snuggling up with a hot chocolate, and a Halloween movie to ring in the season.

Film

A new Joker takes the stage

October 16, 2019

In one pivotal climactic scene of Todd Phillips’ Joker – likely the most intensely debated film of 2019 – Joaquin Phoenix’s mentally ill Arthur Fleck announces that “this isn’t about politics. I’m not political.”

Film

The latest trend of live-action remakes

April 17, 2019

The current trend works in a similar way by taking tales as old as time which will appeal not only to children, but also a generation of adults with a specific, nostalgic connection to one version.

Film

There’s a new Joker in town

April 17, 2019

Ironically because of Suicide Squad, the character of the Joker has become, well, a bit of a joke. For those whose brains have been fried by the ironic ‘Gamer Joker’ meme, it’s going to be really hard to take this movie seriously even if it’s better than the previous movie from the DC universe.

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‘Us’ highlights the continuing power of Peele

April 3, 2019

Peele’s first film was smarter and more shocking but ‘Us’ has more character. Each person’s backstory is explored to a certain level and everyone has their own unique quirks.

The Hype

The merging of FOX and Disney allows for infinite possibilities

April 3, 2019

The MCU is now faced with the daunting task of following up its incredibly successful ‘Infinity Saga’ in the upcoming ‘Phase Four’. While they still have plenty of Spider-Man movies to play with, and the success of Black Panther bodes well for sequels, the roster of fan-favourites is diminishing.

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What makes a good film protagonist

April 3, 2019

The character arc is one of the most important aspects of a movie. When we watch a movie we don’t just want to watch James Bond in one big action sequence. We need to see the character grow to be able to face some seemingly impossible task.

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.

Television

The timeless nature of period dramas in a modern world

February 20, 2019

Sure, anything with a strong enough storyline distracts and entertains but period dramas offer a glimpse into a completely different world. People can watch knowing that their ancestors lived during that time and connect to a story because they feel a part of themselves in it.

The Hype

The Favourite, a favourite

February 6, 2019

Bizarrely, this is one of Lanthimos’ most conventional movies in comparison to both The Lobster and Killing of A Sacred Deer. Yet it still possesses a large range of quirks and is a divergence of the typical historical drama. The stiff and proper setting and costumes is contrasted with characters’ behaviour and dialogue, such as the word “vajuju” being used.

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.

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.