Tag: Film

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13th – Netflix film review

Ava DuVernay’s BAFTA award-winning documentary 13th has recently seen a 4,500% increase in streams in light of the murder of George Floyd. The title is a reference to the thirteenth amendment, which states that American people should be subjected to “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime”. The film charts how…

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Becoming: Far from unplugged

After furiously trying (and failing) to book tickets to Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Southbank Centre for her memoir Becoming, I was thrilled to hear that filmmaker Nadia Hallgren’s documentary of the 34-stop tour would be available on Netflix in mid-2020. The biographical documentary has been classified by Netflix as both “feel-good” and “intimate.” I…

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Forced Diversity: A Myth or a Real Issue?

“Forced diversity”, or forced representation, is a concept that people throw around on the internet regarding Black characters or those of other ethnic minorities. But what makes diversity in television feel forced, and therefore, how should television approach representation? Or is the whole concept simply a myth? Diversity can appear forced when characters and their…

Film, Venue

To All The Sequels I’ve Liked Before

To those unaware of Netflix’s ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, or indeed Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name, the story follows Lara Jean, who writes letters to the boys she has ‘liked’ in her years, and her younger sister Kitty sends out the letters. This is where Lara Jean and Peter…

Film, Venue

My Best Picture: Parasite

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s film Parasite has been the film on everybody’s lips, generating buzz from Hollywood and far beyond. Buzz within the film industry can often result in a film being overhyped and not living up to the high expectations it has been held to, but that is not the case here.  Parasite…

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