Tag: Cinema

Travel

London: where do I start?

If you aren’t local, the idea of visiting London can be daunting; there’s so much to see and do, it is difficult to know where to start. Obviously, people with different interests will want to explore different things, but there are a few sights, activities, and places that I would recommend to anyone planning a…

Travel

Airports: High-flyers and more

Throughout our lives, we spend a lot of our time in airports, even more so since travelling is highly accessible in this day and age. Your experience in an airport can completely affect your mood for the rest of your trip which is why it’s important for them to be accommodating and pleasant spaces. Here’s…

Music

AJ Tracey: birth of a superstar

In AJ Tracey’s self-titled debut, he showcases his remarkable versatility that the British hip-hop scene arguably lacked. His Secure The Bag! EP was met with critical acclaim, and between the release of the EP and this debut he released a successful run of singles, including Butterflies featuring Not3s, which charted highly in the UK. AJ…

Film

Velvet Buzzsaw: Satirising the politics of the art world

Velvet Buzzsaw, directed by Dan Gilroy – the director and writer of 2014’s sleeper hit Nightcrawler, is an American satirical mystery thriller. The film’s star studded cast include the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Zawe Ashton, Rene Russo, John Malkovich, Natalia Dyer and Toni Collette. This is the first collaboration of Dan Gilroy with all the…

Film

Can blockbuster movies be political?

Politics has been a constant presence in cinema for a long time, but if I told you that your favourite film had a strong political undertone, would you view it in the same light as before? Probably not, and it is for this reason, that politics in mainstream cinema is largely a subtle, covered force…

Film

Oscar Bait: The Death of Cinema?

The Academy Awards, or more simply known as Oscars, were first awarded in 1929, and now their 91st annual ceremony is right around the corner. Awards are given out for the year’s best film, acting, directing, writing, editing, cinematography… and the list goes on. Despite the Academy’s “dedication” to the filmmaking art, the real cultural…

Film

Queerness, Sexuality and Cinema

There are, generally speaking, three types of films representative of queer relationships: those that pretend queerness is inherently asexual, those that oversexualise it and those that actually do a fairly good job of representing a range of sexualities and are widely embraced by the LGBTQ+ community. The veiled queerness is an old, old trope. It…

Film

Nymphomaniac

For those of you who haven’t watched it (oh, how I envy you) Nymphomaniac is a two-part film in which a girl tells a celibate man about her self-diagnosed nymphomania and the problems it has caused her since childhood. The film itself is really quite beautiful, even in its brutality. In the most violent, heart-wrenching…

Features

Representation in Hollywood

Representation in film is a huge issue to tackle, arguably too big for the industry itself to fully interrogate and deal with. Twitter throws out its thoughts on how actors should be able to play any role, and that it doesn’t matter if Bryan Cranston plays a disabled character or Eddie Redmayne a transgender character…

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