Category : Film

Ophelia: Not Another Shakespeare Story

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So the verdicts have started to pour in on the latest instalment in an innumerable line of Shakespearean cinematic adaptations. Claire McCarthy’s British historical romantic drama Ophelia, the damsel in question being depicted by Daisy Ridley, has been slandered by the Guardian as lacking any emotional investment; Variety deems it … Read More

In Memoriam: Stan Lee

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Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor, sadly passed away on the 12th November at the age of 95. An icon of popular culture, he co-created a multitude of popular superhero characters alongside the other two kings of Marvel: Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. His characters have entertained … Read More

Ten Years On: An Ode to Twilight

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With this week marking ten years since Twilight first premiered, Paige Johnston offers her take on the teen-favourite franchise. Ten years have passed since Twilight graced our screens, entered our hearts and created a hoard of vampire and werewolf-loving teenage girls who fawned over Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. They … Read More

#MeToo Gains Momentum in Bollywood

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An eruption of sexual allegations has hit India’s film industry since October when Bollywood’s #MeToo movement began to emerge. The recent outcry of sexual abuse has encouraged greater scrutiny of the film industry, leading to huge programme changes at the Jio MAMI Mumbai film festival, which took place from 25th … Read More

Johnny Depp: New Movies and #MeToo

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There is a disturbingly long, and ever-growing, list of sexual assault allegations made against some of the most reputable men in Hollywood. The media frenzy around the #MeToo movement has been wide, and criticism about Johnny Depp and his casting in the Fantastic Beasts franchise is no exception. The public … Read More

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem Is A Nuanced Look At Palestinian Life

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Leeds Palestinian film festival got underway today with Muayad Alayan’s Palestinian-set domestic drama ‘The Reports on Sarah And Saleem’. Centring around the extra-marital affair of the titular Saleem (Adeeb Safadi), a delivery driver from East Jerusalem who smuggles goods across the West Bank Barrier in order to help provide for … Read More

Five Films To Get You Into The Early Christmas Spirit

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It’s chilly outside, the streets are filled with lights, and your annoying flatmate is already playing Fairytale of New York. This can only mean one thing: Christmas is once again nearly upon us! And whether you’re that annoying flatmate or a bigger Scrooge that Scrooge himself, one thing is indisputable – … Read More

Timeline Tampering: Can Filmmakers Reset the Clock?

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Everybody loves a good film franchise. Star Wars (excluding the prequels), the MCU, even Harry Potter, have been praised by fans and critics alike for their (relatively) consistent quality. Meanwhile the fans of older franchises such as Terminator, have not been so fortunate. Yet, the release of Halloween last month … Read More

Concepts Of Gender Versus Concepts Of Character

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Fans are loyal towards their favourite characters. Often, the biggest backlash a director may face won’t be for changing their camera work or for switching up their staging, but rather, for changing the most noticeable aspect: the casting. Judi Dench – a colossus of the acting world – has been … Read More

Tehran Taboo is a confrontational exposé of the treatment of women in Iran

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Iranian social commentary-driven animated films are, unarguably, a niche sector of the film industry. However, director Ali Soozandeh uses this to his advantage to expose the double standards that exist in Iran surrounding sex, which makes for an original and compelling fictional drama. Tehran Taboo centres around three women, Pari, … Read More