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Friday 28 August 2015
Film

film review: stalkher

Marie Davis
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Over the past year, we’ve seen people in the entertainment industry draw attention to ageism directed towards actresses. And whether it’s Maggie Gyllehaal speaking out about being told she was ‘too old to play the lover of a man who was 55’ at 37 years old, or the writers of Inside Amy Schumer discussing their…
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Monday 17 August 2015
Film

film review: mr. holmes

Jade Bate
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Sherlock Holmes is one of the most prolific fictional characters ever created, with the numerous adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels reaching audiences through the mediums of television, film, theatre, comics and even video games. In recent times the famous detective has been portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the popular BBC series Sherlock, Johnny Lee…
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Thursday 13 August 2015
Column Film

kick ass feminists on film: ellen ripley in alien

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this regular column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kick ass. Before he was spewing…
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Thursday 13 August 2015
Film Opinion

gendered biases: how to succeed in hollywood

Annabelle Regan
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A new report released this week has told us what we already know. Hollywood is a boys’ club. The research suggests that being a straight, white male is the perfect recipe for success in tinsel town. The study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative  at USC Annenberg is the most comprehensive analysis of…
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Thursday 13 August 2015
Film Opinion

why is elle fanning playing the lead in about ray?

Cin Peeler
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Trigger warning for the trailer below: misgendering, transphobic low-level violence Next month About Ray will be released in the US, adding to the stories being told about trans folks right now – the key word being about and not by trans folks. About Ray looks like it will not only be a great film, but…
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Thursday 23 July 2015
Column Film

shonen women part iii: on evangelion and western perceptions

Marie Davis
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As the West and Japan grow more enchanted with each other, our cultural landscape is exposed to new and unique interpretations of the female. This three-part series by Marie Davis explores the characterisation of women in shonen anime and manga, and their relationship with their burgeoning Western audience. (Part One and Part Two.) My first…
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Friday 17 July 2015
Column Film

shonen women part ii: on haruhi suzumiya and moe obsession

Marie Davis
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As the West and Japan grow more enchanted with each other, our cultural landscape is exposed to new and unique interpretations of the female. This three-part series by Marie Davis explores the characterisation of women in shonen anime and manga, and their relationship with their burgeoning Western audience. Read Part One here. As Japanese culture…
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Wednesday 15 July 2015
Film

film review: terminator genisys

Emma Robinson
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The Terminator franchise is one that both proves and disproves the rule that sequels are never as good as the original. There’s Evil Dead, Alien and Terminator in this rather particular category. The further this franchise lurches on, the more the cynics of the world are vindicated; sequels are a cash grab, nothing more. Given…
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Thursday 9 July 2015
Column Film TV

shonen women part i: on strike witches and female viewership

Marie Davis
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As the West and Japan grow more enchanted with each other, our cultural landscape is exposed to new and unique interpretations of the female. This three-part series by Marie Davis explores the characterisation of women in shonen anime and manga, and their relationship with their burgeoning Western audience. Perhaps the most unique reimagining of the…
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Wednesday 8 July 2015
Film

film review: amy

Emma Robinson
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Director Asif Kapadia (who brought us the acclaimed 2010 documentary Senna) has made another brutally honest documentary telling the turbulent and short life of Amy Winehouse. The story unfolds through the words of Winehouse herself through expertly edited home videos along with voiceovers and snippets from the people closest to her. I was more than…
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Monday 6 July 2015
Film

film review: inside out

Bridget Conway
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Inside Out, Disney Pixar’s latest film, follows the pre-pubescent years of young Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), a hockey-loving, family-orientated young girl whose life seems absolutely perfect – until her parents make her move with them from Minnesota to San Francisco. This sudden change prompts a swirl of uncontrollable emotions; those complex ones that are difficult to…
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Wednesday 1 July 2015
Film TV

tv review: sense8

Katerina Paltoglou
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Directorial duo Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) have teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to create a radical new Netflix Original: Sense8. Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will, Riley, Capheus, Sun, Lito, Kala, Wolfgang, and Nomi. In the aftermath of the violent and tragic death of a…
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Tuesday 30 June 2015
Film

seeing scientology clearly: on alex gibney’s new documentary

Caitlin Gordon-King
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For most of us, the closest we’ve been to Scientology is watching this video of Tom Cruise.  If Cruise’s flaring nostrils and hysteric laugh didn’t have you going cross eyed at the new age “religion,” Alex Gibney’s new documentary will. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief draws back the curtain that has hung…
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Thursday 25 June 2015
Film Opinion TV

tv news: is hannibal too gay for NBC?

Kiah Meadows
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Anybody keeping up on pop culture news has most likely heard that NBC has cancelled Bryan Fuller’s operatic adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series. The series’ third season returned to the aforementioned network on June fourth, to 2.57 million viewers, and saw just 1.6 million the next week’s episode, which aired during an NBA final….
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