Tag : film

Black Panther: the film shaking the foundations of Colonialism

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Black Panther is a technicolour world, constructed by cinematographer Rachel Morrison, to the cast who are, to borrow from an popular black hair product line, ‘Dark [skinned] and Lovely’, the film’s politics are woven into its very fabric paralleling the Wakandan’s depositing of vibranium into their clothes. Over the course … Read More

Hollywood’s Binary Sexuality Problem

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In an industry where LGBTQ+ characters have historically been treated as tropes, plot devices and stereotypes, it seems as though an effort has been made to change the way LGBTQ+ characters are presented on our screens. In recent years particularly, with television programmes such as Orange is the New Black … Read More

A Pop Culture Icon: Wes Anderson

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Wes Anderson has one of the most distinctive and recognisable directing-producing styles in the film industry. What began as low-budget indie films have now cemented Anderson in pop culture history forever. Wes is known for his use of eye-catching colour and patterns, tracking shots, slow-motion walking, his love of symmetry … Read More

We’ve still got Jafar to go: The queer-coding of Disney’s villains

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Arts writer, Lecia Weatherby-Blythe, discusses the prominent problems of queer-coding in Disney. Everyone has probably experienced Queer-coding in the media without even realising they have; it has played a prominent role in some of our favourite films that depict iconic and memorable villains. By definition, the term Queer-coding describes a … Read More

The narrative of LGBT+ abuse needs to change in Hollywood

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Hollywood hasn’t always been this way. Ironically one could argue that the early days of cinema was far better for presentation than what we get nowadays. While admittedly these gay characters were often played with high levels of camp (and why the terms ‘pansy’ and ‘sissy’ became associated with male … Read More

Interesting concept, poor execution: Clint Eastwood’s The 15.17 to Paris

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The 15.17 to Paris is director Clint Eastwood’s latest project about the terrorist attack that took place on the Thalys train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris in 2015. The events of that day are well known: 25 year old Moroccan, El-Khazzany, tried to put in act a terrorist attack that … Read More

Rachel Morrison becomes the first female cinematographer nominee in an astonishing 90 years

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With the Oscars fast approaching, 2018 is already bringing good things with the absence of trending hashtags such as #OscarsSoWhite or #OscarsSoMale, unlike previous years. You might even be mistaken in thinking we have now achieved social justice, but you’d be wrong – there is still a very long way … Read More

Darkest Hour: Poignant but problematic

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Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour charts Winston Churchill’s first month in Downing Street in 1940, and whilst it is a well acted, emotional and engaging film, it is also intensely problematic. Darkest Hour is a film that presents Churchill as a “warts and all” hero, glorifying him as it presents a … Read More

The Cloverfield Paradox – What went wrong?

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Heading into a new film without a single familiar frame in mind is rare. And in the case of The Cloverfield Paradox – announced and released within a few quick hours – it was especially exciting. Fans had no time to slave over the hidden details of trailers and marketing … Read More

The State of LGBTQ+ Cinema

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The past decade has seen huge victories for LGBTQ+ representation on-screen, but how much progress has really been made? A whole new wave of independent cinema seems to have taken an interest in tackling more complex and diverse characters. An article from The Independent reported that 2017 has been a … Read More