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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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  • Martin Scorsese's Silence: A Meditation on Christian Imperialism

    Beginning in the 14th century during what is now known as the Age of Discovery, overseas exploration became an integral part of European culture and marked the emergence of colonialism as the policy of various European nation-states. It is also during this period that, first, the Catholic church and, then later on, the Protestant churches began a major effort to spread Christianity to what was then known as the New World and to convert the indigenous peoples of those previously unknown lands.

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  • The Heroes Burden: Zack Snyder's cinematic portrayal of the superhero

    For years in comic book heroes have been portrayed as being perfect individuals who possess all the most ideal virtues like bravery, valor, kindness, wisdom & selflessness . These larger than life characters would be incorruptible & serve justice to all people to all walks of life. People have always loved comic book heroes because they show us the best of the humanity but also more notably they provide people with a euphoric sense of escapism because in reality such heroes do not exist.

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  • Why Diversifying Film & TV is Crucial in the Age of Social Media Activism

    We live in the age of intense Internet-based social activism. It's thanks to the world wide web and social media for providing an effective and efficient platform for the unapologetic call for representation of Black people and other minorities in the entertainment industry. Social media has made it so much easier to spread the word far and wide that since this movement took to practice, we've seen a lot more satisfying changes than ever before.

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  • On Why The Dark Knight Rises Doesn't Work As The End of The Trilogy

    Did you enjoy The Dark Knight Rises? If so then good, so did I. So did the vast majority of critics and fans who watched it as well. Despite widespread agreement on all sides that it is inferior to its predecessor in the trilogy, it's a thoroughly enjoyable film. However, regardless of that there are issues that render it an unsuitable and, to a certain degree, disappointing conclusion to what is arguably the pinnacle of all superhero franchises. In order to explore the reasons for this, we must return to the first two installments of the trilogy and analyse their themes and story elements.

     

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  • The Film Movement No One Saw Coming


    South African film has come a long way since the 1900’s and we’ve been slowly developing into a country that seeks to stand out from the rest while maintaining our authentic Mzansi voice. (I’ve been meaning to do this for a while because I’ve always wondered about film movements in the country).

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  • Personal Reflections on the DC Extended Universe

    I’ve been a comic book culture connoisseur for many years ever since I was a kid & I can say that’s thanks one animated series called Justice League that aired on the on public TV way back in 2004 when I was 10 years old. In the same way that Dragon Ball Z introduced me to the world of anime Justice League thrust me into a universe of iconic beings of power & valor. I was instantly hooked & from that day onwards I have loved comic culture with a passion from all the different houses (DC, Marvel, Dark Horse etc.)

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  • Three Elements I Always Find in Queer Cinema

    So after having watched Inxeba (The Wound), and you can read my review on that, I was even more adamant about writing this little piece of my thoughts on queer cinema and the three elements that I always find. These three elements do appear in almost every other mainstream film ever, but for the gay male character the three elements are extremely important.

     

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  • Essentials: Films That Taught Me Cinema Things in First Year.

    Film school was years ago for me but the films I watched in first year helped me understand cinema and how to really make a movie, and the energies and mindset needed in order to complete a monstrous task such as completing a movie. These five films to this days are films that I can go back to, if I ever need to remember the basics.

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  • My Obsession: Wong Kar-wai.

    I’ve had the opportunity to watch nearly 98% of Wong’s filmography and I have become obsessed, so in typical human fashion I can’t be the only one that’s obsessed. So I wrote this little piece about Wong and his films as sort of a starter’s guide into one of Hong Kong’s prolific filmmakers.

     

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