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  • Fun With Names: The Nakano Quintuplets, Gotoubun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets)

    Welcome to Fun With Names, where we reveal the deeper meaning to names in anime! This episode, we look into the names of each of the five sisters in the 2019 Winter anime, Gotoubun no Hanayome (The Quintessential Quintuplets). The anime is a harem that teases at having something a lot deeper to its story component.

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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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  • 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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  • Filmmaking for Newbies: Issue 001

    I've often been asked about how someone can get a foot in into "Film Twitter" or just being a film enthusiast in general. And I think the answer is simple; have genuine love for movies, do your research, write down everything you can and learn from others. I know some people may not know where to even begin, though, so here's a very simple "starter" series that might help you equip yourself with basic knowledge on your way to "film buff" status.

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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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  • Egress Means Exit, Exit Means Begin Again

    Adventure Time is known for its uniquely strange, inexplicable, symbolism-rich surrealist tendencies, but Hall of Egress is unique in these regards even within this canon. In it, Finn is trapped in his most most daunting dungeon crawl yet as he must escape a maze that doesn't end when he leaves the dungeon. The concept is presented abstractly enough that it has spawned dozens of entirely valid [i][/i]interpretations, so I am merely throwing my beanie into the ring. I believe Hall of Egress preludes Finn's character arc as Adventure Time enters its endgame phase.

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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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  • Blindspotting Has Its Own Blind Spots

    Blindspotting is an artistic response to the Black Lives Matter movement, gentrification, identity and self-reflection in the USA. Daveed Diggs and Rafeal Casal’s chemistry plays well with the contrast of the main subject matter.

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