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  • Age of the Arthouse Blockbuster

    Cinema takes a new form every decade or so. We've witnessed the age of the crime drama, spy and action thriller, a sci-fi surge and even the rise of the romantic comedy in the early 2000s. Now we're finally here again, at the edge of an era, awaiting cinema to make the transformation that will dictate the next couple of years of what type of content in media we consume for our ever demanding crave for escapism. I predict this era to be the "age of the arthouse blockbuster", but are movie-goers willing to aid this anomalous take on big screen storytelling?

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  • Film Appreciation Episode 4: The Universal Monster Cont. (Themes and Styles of the Universal Monster)

    Alright so in the previous episode we talked about the talkies era and the boom of the musical during the 30’s and also started to touch upon The Universal Monster. Here we’ll quickly just go through the narrative, themes and styles of the universal monster that made horror a major genre in Hollywood.

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  • Film Appreciation Episode 3: The Talkies Era and the Universal Monster.

    Alright I know it’s been a while but “Film Appreciation” is back with another episode and this time we’re looking at the transition to sound and the universal monster, which roughly began in the late 20’s and early 30’s. Don’t get me wrong sound was around at the time but no one was really doing it until 1927 when The Jazz Singer was the first film to be presented as a “talkie”, meaning The Jazz Singer has the privilege of being the first film to fully utilize synchronized dialogue.

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  • Filmmaking for Newbies: Issue 002

    The second segment of the journey into cinema and filmmaking. In this issue we focus on two topics that I usually get asked about; "what exactly is cinematography?" and "is there really a difference between RomComs and Chick Flicks?" Well, I've finally got the answers in written form!

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  • The World of Cinema: Escapism or Insight?

    I've long learnt that the pinnacle of cinema is to help remember and forget joys and traumas all the same. That's a derivation from pre-teen me. Fast forward years later and I still believe in this founding statement. Cinema is first a mirror to reality and a glimpse at imagined realities thereof.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—Into Modern Childhood

    Miles is shown in the context and in contrast of Peter Parker. The hero most of us grew up on, the hero who always gets back up no matter how many times he falls.

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  • Queer Cinema’s Marco Berger.

    Queer cinema, specifically Latin American queer cinema is filled with talented filmmakers whose films explore the complexities of the queer individual/community. However there is one filmmaker who has made a crop of films that often mix the exploration of sexuality and tension perfectly and that filmmaker goes by the name of Marco Berger.

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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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