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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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