Lyra’s World: Adapting His Dark Materials

The two adaptations took very different approaches to Lyra’s story but neither have managed to capture what makes the original books so popular.

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[Nostalgia Week] ‘Josie and the Pussycats'(2001) is a Feminist Text

The film, inspired by the Archie comics series, combines fast-paced action, head-bobbing original songs, and over-the-top product placement to highlight the capitalist motivations at the heart of the music industry. Josie and the Pussycats is biting social commentary dressed like a classic 2000s teen comedy.

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[Nostalgia Week] The Hidden Subtext of Nickelodeon

So, having been a Nickelodeon kid through and through, I’ve decided to take a look back at my own childhood shows to find the hidden layers ready to be revealed.

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‘September’ (2007), ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ (1994) and the Power of Friendship in Australian Cinema

Both September and Muriel’s Wedding depict two very different examples of friendship, but they both reinforce this prominent theme in Australian cinema.

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[The Revolution Will Be Televised] ‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ (2019) and the Mythological Bedrock of Rebellion

True History illuminates the ways shared fiction gives form and mass to rebellion, and how cult mythology acts as the cornerstone to revolt.

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20th Anniversary of ‘Unbreakable’ (2000): What M. Night Shyamalan Gets Right About Superheroes

Mr Glass and David Dunn walk side by side in a crowded street. Mr Glass uses a cane.

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‘Promising Young Woman’ (2020) and the Reality of Sexual Trauma

Despite the seduction of Promising Young Woman and its revenge-served-cold plot tease, Fennell’s candy-coated film instead dishes out a nuanced and realistic look at the catastrophic impact of sexual assault on not only victims, but on all those around them.

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‘It’s a Sin’ (2021) Exploring Fear of the Unknown

It’s a Sin is not only a sincere exploration of the AIDS crisis in 1980s London, but also explores how we deal with fear.

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‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ (2004): Emotional-Support Ghibli and Learning to Love Myself

While completely whisking you away in it’s magic, Howl’s Moving Castle also effortlessly displays the subliminal power of self-love.

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