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  • Fun With Names: Kurosaki Ichigo (黒崎 一護)

    Welcome to Fun With Names, where I slash open anime names in order to explore their relevance in context! Today's Fun With Names features BLEACH protagonist, Kurosaki Ichigo. Being one of the legendary Shounen Jump "Big Three", BLEACH and its characters are quite popular among anime fans new and old and its main character, Kurosaki Ichigo, finds himself in truly special company both within his own universe, as well as within the Shounen genre.

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  • The Favourite Flaunts Flawlessness

    There’s a lot to be said about The Favourite but one word sums it up: brilliant. Periodic films are usually a bore fest unless one is truly passionate about theatre and the plot. This type of genre is traditionally known for difficult English accents, mostly mumbling, which without subtitles would be difficult to fathom. Such films are also popularly known for the exquisite costumes and politeness exhibited which for the modern world is out of touch- the millennial generation made fashion trends out of hobo attire and rudeness, online and in real life, an aspiration but I digress.

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  • 10 Foreign Language Tv Shows To Binge Watch

    I’m back with another top 10 list for y’all and this time we’re all about those foreign language TV shows that are so good and juicy that you can’t help but binge watch the entire season in one go. On this list you’ll see shows about creepy neighbours, zombies, spies, and so on and so forth…

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  • Fun With Names: Nanika/Alluka (ナニカ/アルカ)

    After thirteen episodes of Fun With Names, I took a long break to focus on other things. I was also very lazy, but enough honesty, more nomenclature! Welcome to Fun With Names, where I take apart the various names in anime in order to expose their hidden meaning and relevance to their source! Today, I'll literally be dissecting the Hunter x Hunter character Alluka Zoldyck and her mysterious alter-ego, Nanika.

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  • The Shape of a Villain

    The Shape of water is an engrossing film with an unusual storyline. The film takes place at period of time in the USA when differences of race, gender and sexuality were volatile. The running theme is “othering” of blacks, women, homosexuals and so-called foreigners.

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  • Why Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies Aren't As Well-Watched as They Should Be

    Movies are wonder and both true escapism and a reflection of what it is to be human. You'd imagine fantasy movies being the ultimate experience and go-to for movie-goers, as they contrast our core morality of being human against the expansiveness of our imagination, and intrigue of what lies beyond.

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  • The Dark Knight Rises: A Perfect End

    Nolan's Batman trilogy has no doubt brought with it a new perspective of superhero movies where the genre is pushed into more serious, gritty territories than ever before. Nolan's crime epic is undoubtedly a gamechanger. Before the trilogy, superhero movies weren't as big and well-regarded as they became after Nolan grounded the genre, bringing a more realistic, worldly feel to it than just another boom-bam, fight-scene infested, trunks and colourful constume wearing event.

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  • 10 Movies You Should Be Watching About Demons.

    Ah demons my favourite creations from he who shall not be named, demons are kind of like a staple now in supernatural horror films and some none horror movies and in every decade they always find a way to reinvent themselves within cinema and get a new generation of fans from cinema goers. So today I’ll be recommending TEN movies that deal with DEMONS (p.s. some of these movies might not be so well known so I encourage you to give them a try)

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  • Fun With Names: U.A. High School (雄英高校)

    Fans of the Shounen genre will have seen, or at least heard of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), a third-wave Shounen title which has taken the mantle from previous Shounen proponents and brought out tried and tested formulas from the genre and applied its own range of twists to what we know and love. The hype around this show is immense, but that's not what we're here for. Welcome to another Fun With Names, where I will be breaking down the names of anime characters, titles and basically anything in an anime with an interesting name; all to see how these small pieces of information link up with the rest of the story.

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  • Film Movement: Entering Mzansi-Neorealism.

    A few months back I wrote a (tiny) article about “Kasi Film Movement”, where I basically stated why eKasi: Our Stories and Lokshin Bioscope are two platforms that launched films that would go on and form South Africa’s “Kasi Film Movement”. I’m back now and this time I’ve watched a little more South African cinema and I’ve noticed something, which I think is ushering a new era in South African cinema and is probably the new phase in South African film movements.

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