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The Power of TV at Christmas

Movie entertainment was initially designed to be watched together as an audience – the first Hollywood movies were shown exclusively at movie theatres or Vaudevilles in the US as a mass culture and had the ability to bring together a nation. From the awe and attraction of ‘It Girl’ Clara Bow to Charlie Chaplin’s hilarity, Early Cinema appealed to everyone from American families to immigrants who could understand the silent films. Continue reading The Power of TV at Christmas

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Review: The Rise of Skywalker

“A confusing combination of giddy childhood excitement and disappointed resignation” is how I described The Rise of Skywalker as we left the theatre at 2.30 AM. I had decided that an eight-hour triple bill would be the only worthy cinematic environment in which to conclude my lifelong journey with the Skywalkers, and honestly I did have a great time. As a Star Wars purist, the new trilogy had never really been my cup of tea, but the final instalment was an enjoyable, exciting film to watch. The film was as beautiful as ever, with interesting character developments and a well-navigated farewell to Carrie Fisher. I really enjoyed the continued exploration of Kylo Ren, and this final film has cemented him as one of the most intriguing, multi-faceted characters of the Star Wars universe. Not only this, but the dynamic between Kylo Ren and Rey which was so interesting in The Last Jedi is further explored with emotional depth and maturity, although ending on a rather strange note. Continue reading Review: The Rise of Skywalker

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Iconic Pop Culture of the 2010s

For many of us, the 2010s were one of the biggest transitional periods of our lives – like the 70s and 80s were to our parents, the 2010s will be our glory years. But what will we remember? Will it be the Kardashians, Trump, the Royals, bush fires, Netflix? Here are just a few things that characterised our decade… Continue reading Iconic Pop Culture of the 2010s

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A Man’s World? Women Snubbed Once Again at Golden Globe Awards

It’s that time of year again – the Golden Globe Awards. Now, in the film-making industry this should be a time for excitement and celebration. However, with the recent release of the Golden Globe nominations, it is clear that talented women behind the camera continue to find their creative voices silenced and their work undermined and shut out. It is nearly 2020, a new decade, and yet there are still no females nominated for Best Screenplay or for Best Direction Awards. Stacy Smith, the founder of USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiate stated that the Golden Globes is limited in its ‘lopsided view of talent that fosters the longevity of male directors over their female peers’. Hollywood is overwhelmingly a male sector, and with these nominations, it seems that the Golden Globes’ objective is to perpetuate that. Continue reading A Man’s World? Women Snubbed Once Again at Golden Globe Awards

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Frost on Film: Knives Out

A Who-Dun-It for the Modern Age It’s fair to say that Rian Johnson has not had the easiest last few years. Before December 2017 Johnson was no doubt in dreamland, having been given the opportunity to write and direct the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. However, following its release an onslaught of polarising feedback permeated social media … Continue reading Frost on Film: Knives Out

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Review: The Crown, Season 3

Following on from a critically acclaimed first two seasons, historical drama The Crown has recently released its highly anticipated third season. Ten new episodes cover the period from 1964 to 1977, depicting specific historical events such as the tragic Aberfan mining disaster of 1966, the moon landing in 1969 and the 1972 miners’ strike, alongside more continuous narrative developments: the breakdown of Princess Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong Jones; the Queen’s unlikely relationship with Labour leader Harold Wilson; and the introduction of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as significant members of the Royal Family. With a £50 million budget and the continuous dedication of Peter Morgan as its chief writer and creator, it was unlikely this season would disappoint; and indeed, it did not. Continue reading Review: The Crown, Season 3