‘Joker’ (2019): Exploring the Controversies Behind the Joaquin Phoenix Feature

Critics who have dared to discuss their dislike of the film have been subject to online slander from those who brand it a masterpiece.

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REVIEW: ‘Joker’s (2019) Complete Lack of Direction Plays in its Favour

Joker is by far the weirdest, most polarizing and definitely the most disturbing film of the year.

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‘Undone’ and Why Complex Depictions of Mental Illnesses Matter

In a world where characters with mental illnesses are consistently depicted as the monsters, villains, antagonists, and just generally ‘unlikeable’ people across film and television, Undone feels like a breath of fresh air. An Amazon original series, the show is an adult animated, dramedy created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, both known for their…

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Top 13 Disney Channel Original Movies for the Halloween Season

The changing leaves and crisp autumn air can only mean one thing: it’s officially spooky season. As the ghosts and ghouls come out in full force, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a cozy Halloween film. My favorite Halloween movies give me that same warm, fuzzy feeling I felt as a kid dressing…

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Fall, and Get Back Up – Skateboarding in Film

Have you ever found yourself completely enthralled by skateboarding videos on YouTube? The sheer talent alone can keep you stuck watching videos for hours straight. Maybe you even skate yourself. Skateboarding films capture the awe-inspiring talent of skateboarding, but they also capture the family-like environment and the “never-stay-down” attitude that circles around the culture of…

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Her Smell (2019) and “The Power of Going Backwards”

Stories about following your dreams have been told many times in film. These can either be extremely inspirational or they can find themselves getting stuck in a strange tug-of-war between passion and addiction. They can border between a Disney fairy-tale or a twisted psychological thriller. Both are about chasing your dreams and the problems that…

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The Cinematic Universe of Sufjan Stevens’ Soundtracks

“Stevens’ songs are the soundtrack to falling in and out of love.” With his melodramatic tones and heartfelt lyrics, Sufjan Stevens is a master of emotional projection. With lyrics and melodies that tug at heartstrings, Stevens’ haunting sound conjures the heavenliest of songs. Perhaps in the most Sufjan Stevens move that Sufjan Stevens could have…

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How Jordan Peele Converts the Doppelganger Role in ‘Us’

The word doppelganger (derived from German, meaning ‘double-goer’) has always been intertwined with the horror genre. Its origins, deriving from mythology focusing on an evil twin, explain why its depiction on the big screen is always synonymous with scary stories. Although in most instances horror films incorporate twins into their story for a shock reveal…

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He’s Not Like Us: ‘Midnight Special’s Queer Otherness

Watching Alton Meyers (Jaeden Lieberher) be introduced in Midnight Special was like being thrown back in time. We first see him cocooned in an old motel sheet; his hunched frame silhouetted by the flashlight he’s using to read the comic book balanced on his knee. At that exact moment, Alton exists, figuratively, on his own…

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Bears, Otters and Werewolves – Our Queer Love For Horror

On the surface, horror may seem like a simple genre; oozing straight-male energy where the only brains involved are dripping down a blood riddled wall. However, the loudest critics of the genre -brandishing this take with the ferocity of a wild axe murderer interrupting a teen party in the woods – seem to be ignoring…

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