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On the 6th of January 2021, the UK begrudgingly entered a much-needed third national lockdown. This was a devastating way to begin a new year for those of us who were fortunate enough to aspire to achieve goals in the midst of this tragic pandemic that is still wreaking havoc…


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The French Nouvelle Vague (New Wave) is one of the most critical art movements in cinematic history. The movement brought a means of change; a rejection of traditional filmmaking with an emphasis on style, existentialism, and the essence of the individual auteur. As within many aspects of cinema history, this…


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Luca Guadagnino’s romantic masterpiece was hailed in 2018 for its quality as an adapted screenplay. The film deservedly picked up an academy award and received outstanding critical acclaim. The film focuses on the blossom of a summer romance between the two main characters Oliver (Armmie Hammer) and Elio (Timothee Chalamet)…


Well said at the end there. It's horrifying that the film is as relevant today as it was in '91.

There's one aspect that I've always found fascinating yet chilling about 'Boyz n the Hood'. John Singleton was influenced by Rob Reiner as he pays homage to 'Stand By Me' (1986) in several scenes in 'Boyz n the Hood'. Particularly with the early scene of "do you wanna see a dead body?" and the final shot of Ice Cube fading away into the distance. It's a genius piece of intertextuality because the way the scenes have been represented to fit the cultural realism speaks volumes of the horrific issues of racial inequality and gentrification.


This is some great knowledge of a genre that has, quite frankly, been done to death. Due to the mass production of the genre the viewing experience has become predictable rather than tense and thrilling. In recent years we've seen a slight resurgence of "found footage" films, however, this time…


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From one of the more provocative filmmakers in modern cinema, Gaspar Noé’s Climax (2018) provides a unique horror film experience. Although the film is supposedly based on real events, the film is truly a remarkably horrifying piece of surreal art-house cinema. The film is rich with obscuring cinematic techniques and…


In cinema, there is a rarity of constructed cinematic sets that overcome a mediocre level of establishing a set solely as narrative exposition. In other word’s, if a more amateur filmmaker than Stanley Kubrick directed The Shining (1980) the narrative would essentially be a blasé concept of “a supernatural horror…


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The cultural attitude towards gender has often been a contested hot topic within our society. Today, a more liberal zeitgeist applies less stigma towards ideas of trans, fluid, and non-binary genders. …

Andrea Sciambarella

Master in Research of Film (Mres) Deep diver of films with great scores and soundtracks.

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