Now That’s What I Call Kino #6 – The Classic Shorts of Looney Tunes

Few sounds are as recognisable as the Looney Tunes theme tune – which is  implanted into any kid who watched Saturday morning cartoons. With an array of quirky characters and limitless skits, the toon squad have become icons in the world of animation. Whilst they may often fall into the shadows thanks to their noisy…

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The Artful Brutality of Jesse V. Johnson and Scott Adkins

What you’re hearing is the signature symphony of director Jesse V. Johnson and actor Scott Adkins, whose recent, rampant run of scuzzy collaborations has set the world of direct-to-video action ablaze.

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“You Shame Me!”- Analyzing a Woman’s Shame in ‘Drag Me to Hell’ (2009)

Since its initial release, Drag Me to Hell has received critical and commercial success. It showed the same scary, campy horror brilliance that Raimi demonstrated with The Evil Dead decades before. What also makes Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell so amazing is the subtext of shame. Whether he intended to or not, his film is saturated with associations of a woman’s shame. For this month’s Women in Horror, we want to take a deep dive into this subtext and dissect Raimi’s subtle nuances to convince you that this film is truly about a woman’s shame and how it is these insecurities that lay her literal path to hell.

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REVIEW: Tenet (2020) Strives to Break New Ground

Tenet is a ferocious film that moves forwards and backwards at an alarming rate

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Now That’s What I Call Kino #5 – The Effects of Imperialism in Golden Age Horror

With the popularity of independent horror peaking in recent years, it’s interesting to note what themes that seem to commonly occur in these movies. Filmmakers like Jordan Peele have done a lot to portray the black experience, more specifically what it means to be black in America. But as well as this, he has found…

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Let the Bennetts Meet the Marchs: Sisterhood in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ (2005) and ‘Little Women’ (2019)

No one can fight like siblings and no one can forgive like siblings, and in this small sense, universalism may have a leg to stand on.

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Between the Lines: Creating a Visual Identity in the ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ (2010) Screenplay

Even with Wright’s brand of snappy editing and energetic pacing, it’s interesting to see how much of the now iconic visual style actually came from an early draft of the screenplay written by Bacall.

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Finding Beauty in Humanity: Remembering Lynn Shelton Through Her Work

Throughout her career, Lynn Shelton created a safe space for characters (and viewers alike) to feel like they belong – no matter how awkward, complex or messy they are. 

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The New New Wave of British Cinema: Joanna Hogg and the Middle-Class Social Realist Film

Shelby Cooke explores how Joanna Hogg has crafted a new era of the British social realist film

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Female Spaces in Masculine Places: Examining the Heroine’s Journey in ‘Twilight’ (2008) and ‘Midsommar’ (2019)

“In a geography dominated by men, male desire and gazes, the search the heroines undergo for the female space is the desire for the ability to exist within the male geography as a female, and to do so comfortably.”

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