Growing Up and Getting Boring (Or Not): Wrestling Reality in ‘Frances Ha’

In what part of life do we decide to be serious? For some people, it starts early. The random person in high school not many people understand who is submitting university applications early and doesn’t have original jokes. In five years or less, they’re employed in a steady job, have a kid and you look at them as you would a car crash: it happened … Continue reading Growing Up and Getting Boring (Or Not): Wrestling Reality in ‘Frances Ha’

The Directors Who Have Superseded Movie Stars and their Successors

Amidst a global pandemic, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet was the only blockbuster of calibre to be released it; was announced to be the film to save cinemas. It has currently made $332 millionworldwide, whether that is a success or failure is neither here nor there. The fact remains that a new Christopher Nolan film, not a Superhero film or a Disney live action remake, was the film to … Continue reading The Directors Who Have Superseded Movie Stars and their Successors

‘Black Christmas’ (2019) is a Vital Horror Remake

Riley Stone (Imogen Poots) and her sorority sisters are doing their best to enjoy a Yuletide break at Hawthorne College between their controversial public performances, traumatic pasts, and a masked killer stalking them. While her friends are putting their professor on blast for not teaching from books written by women, Riley’s avoiding her rapist who’s been acquitted and now rules the fraternity. Such layered issues … Continue reading ‘Black Christmas’ (2019) is a Vital Horror Remake

Ghosts in Film: Much More Than They Appear

“What is a ghost? A tragedy condemned to repeat itself time and again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” – Dr. Casares, The Devil’s Backbone Halloween is coming up. It’s a date when we gather to tell chilling stories and we remember those … Continue reading Ghosts in Film: Much More Than They Appear

‘Ghost Stories’: Debunking the Sceptics

Often in horror movies things are not what they seem. The main characters aren’t being preyed upon by some anonymous killer, but their own existential dread. Because if there’s one thing horror does well, it’s metaphor. Ironically it is this fact that gives some the license to dismiss the genre; deeming it too see-through to have any real effect. These Horror humbugs, who scoff rather than hide whenever the axe-wielding madman chases the heroine down the alley, rest assured and … Continue reading ‘Ghost Stories’: Debunking the Sceptics

The Final Girl Grow Up: Representation of Women in Horror

I was a highly sensitive kid growing up. I was terrified of any horror movie I saw in the video store, I refused to dress up as anything but a Disney princess for Halloween, and to this day I hate haunted houses. I never took an interest in horror until I took a class abroad in Boston about horror films, and what peaked my interest … Continue reading The Final Girl Grow Up: Representation of Women in Horror

The Return of the Drive-In Cinema

The drive-in cinema is something which peaked between 1940’s and 1960’s, with them still being around especially in the U.S today. But they reached a decline with cinemas getting bigger and better, and more digital platforms such as Netflix. There has never been a real death to drive-in cinemas, but it is something that we don’t really see much of anymore. I live in England, … Continue reading The Return of the Drive-In Cinema

Great Stories, Structures, and Science

Telling a great story. It is, quite honestly, the worst. From talking to your mates at the bar about the drama that happened on the weekend, to writing woeful tales about monsters and merfolk, great stories happen every day, across the globe, in every corner of the human world. Stories have existed as long as humans have been living in groups. Some call this ‘tribal … Continue reading Great Stories, Structures, and Science