Film / 03/05/2022 Films So Bad They’re Good

Have you ever watched a film and thought this is so bad but then so good? There’s just something enjoyable about a movie that is hopelessly committed to its (very bad) vision – whether it is bad special effects, awful acting, or a completely absurd plot. A movie that comes to mind released recently would...

Film / 03/05/2022 The joyful feminism of the 90s “dumb blonde” architype

Clueless (1995) and Legally Blonde (2001) are iconic cult classics of the 90s and early 2000s that have managed to maintain their popularity decades later. Both films have messages that are still important today, cementing them both as pop culture cornerstones.  While the feminism of any film starring a rich, white woman should be taken...

Film / 03/05/2022 Why DC is Braver than Marvel

The DC v Marvel feud is one that has been going on for several years now. Since the mid-2010s, these cinematic superhero franchises have been compared and contrasted by critics and fans alike. For a long time, Marvel appeared to be the winner in this race, outrunning DC on quality storytelling, interesting characters, quick humour,...

Film / 22/03/2022 Robert Pattinson’s Filmography

Strolling down the magical hallways of Hogwarts as handsome Hufflepuff Cedric Digory, sparkling in the sunlight as heart-throb vampire Edward Cullen, Robert Pattinson has successfully leaped between big budget blockbuster productions. These have included Harry Potter and Twilight, alongside notable art-house indie films. Spotlighted for his incredible acting capabilities, taking on versatile roles and collaborating...

Film / 22/03/2022 Hot and Heavy vs Cringe and Crude – The Best and Worst of Sex Scenes in Film

We all know the feeling of watching a film with our family only to be ambushed by a sex scene. We hide behind our hands, avoiding eye contact with everyone until it passes. I’ve had my fair share of wanting to disappear into the abyss whilst watching a movie with my mam. However, sometimes, you’ve...

Film / 22/03/2022 How portrayals of East Asian women in film have shaped real life social perceptions and stigmas

It’s no revelation that our digitalising world plays an ever-increasing role in how we perceive and understand society and the relationships within it. We have been reminded of this influence in recent years, sparked by movements such as Black Lives Matter, which drew our attention to Western news biases in depicting interactions between white and...

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Shining the Light on Women Directors

When self-proclaimed ‘film buffs’ discuss their favourite directors, the names thrown into the mix are Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Alfred Hitchcock, or Steven Spielberg. They’re all older white men. Now, this isn’t to dismiss their works. It’s a simple observation. The fact is, women directors are often pushed out of these conversations, and it tends…

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Remembering Norwich’s Cinemas

As residents of Norwich today, we know of the Vue cinema in Castle Meadow, the ODEON at Riverside, and Cinema City on St Andrews Street. Norwich has a rich history of independently run cinemas, unfortunately most of which are lost to time. While Norwich didn’t have a cinema on every street corner, it was once…

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Frankie & Johnny 30 Years on…

Back in 1992, the late, great Garry Marshall, aka the king of Rom-Coms, brought audiences Frankie & Johnny (yes, like the song). Michelle Pfieffer and Al Pacino star in this extremely underrated flick, reuniting together almost a decade after Scarface. Pfieffer’s character is a solitary 30-something waitress in a New York café, whose simple world…

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JFK: Review

It has been over 30 years since Oliver Stone’s JFK arrived in cinemas and the enduring impact of the film still remains.  JFK follows the actions of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison and his pursuit of the truth behind the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.  Partly based on Garrison’s book, On the…

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Christmas Classics Countdown

I love Christmas films. In my first year at uni, I had a ‘Christmas Countdown’, where I planned to watch a Christmas movie every day of December until Christmas. This year, I’m determined to complete it.  Last year, I watched more Christmas movies in the two weeks before Christmas than I ever had before, thanks…

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Norwich Film Festival: The Arts Prevails

Picture this: it’s 2009, you’ve left university and you’re having coffee in The Forum with your friend. They show you a short film that they’ve made and you’re amazed by it. They’re struggling to get it into any festivals and there’s nothing in Norfolk. They are disheartened that all their hard work will go to…

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Why We Need Short Films:

It is fashionable – perhaps too fashionable – to feel cynical about the state of contemporary cinema. A casual glance through the screenings at one’s local cinema only seems to reinforce this belief: the average movie going experience is packed with spectacles, superheroes, and sequels. It is also in fashion to link this to the…


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