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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Norwich Film Festival Is Back Better Than Ever!

The privilege to watch films in person was tragically taken away from film-lovers last year. Norwich Film Festival celebrates having this experience once again, returning this year with its largest showcase yet! From the 12th to the 21st of November, the festival will be screening a wide range of independent films from a regional, national,…

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Last Night In Soho: Review

The Last Night in Soho is Edgar Wright’s newest polarising film.  Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) comes from rural Cornwall with big dreams. Once she gets into London College of Fashion, the excitement of a new life starts, a life not dissimilar to her late mother’s. Her grandmother fears for her, knowing her ‘gift’ sets her apart….

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Asian Representations in Films

The summer release, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has brought a Marvel frenzy around the world. With the appearance of Wong from Doctor Strange, the increasing amount of Asian representation in Marvel Studios has reformed perspectives on Hollywood.  Shang-Chi is directed by the Asian-American filmmaker, Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed The Glass…

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Autumn Films to Curl Up To This Month

So, it’s officially autumn! That time of year when you can put on cosy coats and walk with a pumpkin spiced latte amongst the falling leaves. Or, when it’s a rainy day and you want a film to curl up to. So, I’ve got some suggestions for every genre over this season, from cult-classic Halloween…

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My Go-To Halloween Film

Halloween seems to be the only thing I like about autumn – part of the appeal behind this time of year, for my age group in particular, is watching Halloween films. Whether you’d prefer a horror like The Conjuring or something more nonchalant, it adds to the feel of Halloween. I am a huge horror…

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No Time To Die: Review

After six years and a pandemic-induced delay, No Time to Die ,the 25th James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s fifth and final run as Bond, was finally released. This has been heralded by many as the saviour of the British film industry. Craig’s exit marks the end of an era, but simultaneously paves the way…

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Bizarre Science: Why do we watch horror films?

As Halloween approaches and the nights get darker, lots of people will be settling down to watch a horror film. What is it about these movies that make horror-lovers obsessed with them and keeps them coming back for more jumpscares and gore? What makes someone sign up for a dose of “media-induced masochism”? Science may…


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