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April 10, 2017

Setting aside the sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero cross-genres, the action genre is still a rather large field to mine. Historically, we tend to associate Hollywood blockbuster action films directly with masculinity. Men like Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have oeuvres ranging across decades of action films that have brought them prestige […]

April 3, 2017

Black and white has served a multitude of filmmakers as a means to tell a story since colour took over as the dominant form, as it offers a different technique for expression. Alfred Hitchcock famously went back and forth between the two, using red and green in the lusty illusions of Vertigo, but harsh shadows […]

April 3, 2017

I like watching a movie for the first time knowing as little as possible about it prior. I avoid trailers and ratings — I like to keep an element of surprise. I went into The Martian thinking it was going to be about J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter. All I knew about One Thousand Ropes […]

March 27, 2017

Artists use colour to express a variety of emotions. In Van Gogh’s Starry Night, damp blues and greens in the night sky represent the artist’s depression and isolation, while warm yellows and oranges in the light emitted from houses and the stars show as beacons of hope. Before colourised film existed, directors such as Méliès, […]

March 20, 2017

Things To Come (L’avenir) (2016) Director — Mia Hansen-Løve There is something incredible about European cinema in that, for some reason (I’m not an anthropologist, I don’t know what that reason is), it is more than willing to delve into the sadness and stress that occurs in everyday life. In American cinema, conflict often arises […]

March 13, 2017

Director — James Mangold Good heavens above, I did not think that in March of the cinematic year, my two favourite films thus far would be M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and the tenth instalment of the X-Men franchise. Not bad, not bad at all. In Logan we find Hugh Jackman busting out his claws for […]

March 13, 2017

Director — Martin Scorsese Silence was not so much a movie for me, but rather a meditation on Western religion which meticulously deconstructs the dominant beliefs of Christianity by aligning them against those of other religions. The film tells of two 17th century Portuguese Christian missionaries, played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, who are […]

March 3, 2017

Welcome to another year of film. We, Finn and Mathew, are the curators and referees of this section this year. As the year progresses we hope to cover a wide range of topics, regions, subgenres, events, and as always are hugely keen for contributions from you. To be honest, we were planning on doing some […]

October 7, 2016

2016 was an interesting year for film. The blockbusters may not have delivered, but this year  yielded plenty of indie gems and the horror genre also did particularly well. With that said, here’s what I’ve enjoyed the most so far this year:   1) 10 Cloverfield Lane This still stands as the most visceral movie […]