Review: Wonder Woman

I was cautiously optimistic going in to watch Wonder Woman. I had been burnt by DC films before and was expecting a passable film at best. Little did I know that this would be the best film experience I’ve had this year and that the film would blaze its way through my top ten list […]

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Touching power: The Handmaiden

In his adaptation of Sarah Water’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, Park Chang-Wook has certainly not forgotten the symbolism of tactility. The Handmaiden’s release poster shows four people, two women and two men, linked by hands: either placed possessively or – in the case of the film’s two female protagonists, and love interest – entwined affectionately together. […]

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Review: Area 51

The fatal allure of Netflix is its bottomless pit of sub-standard films and TV which offers constant mind numbing distractions from the dispiriting tedium of real life. It was in this nihilistic spirit on a quiet and unproductive evening that I found myself with an equally cynical friend watching Area 51, a recent addition to […]

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Can Alien: Covenant Succeed as Horror?

“In space, no-one can hear you scream” So goes the famous tagline to Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic Alien. The combination of H.R. Giger’s grotesquely beautiful creature design and Scott’s brilliantly claustrophobic direction made for a uniquely terrifying experience, one which took the tropes of 20th century science fiction and twisted them into a […]

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Preview: A Chick Flick

An official selection of the 2017 Oxford International Film Festival, A Chick Flick is a short film that addresses a serious and sensitive moment with humor and originality. “A young woman is forced to reconnect with her hippie mother in order to euthanize their beloved pet chicken after it is mauled by a vicious coyote.” […]

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Review: 13 Reasons Why

Netflix’s latest hit series, 13 Reasons Why, has been making waves since its release on 31st March. Adapted from a YA novel of the same name, the show quickly became the platform’s ‘most-tweeted-about’ series of all time, despite (or perhaps thanks to) its coverage of dark subject matter – something that we will discuss later. […]

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