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The Mummy: You’re cursed!

Back in days of yore, Universal was the studio that did monsters. Theirs were the classic cinematic depictions of Dracula with Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein’s Monster with Boris Karloff. Universal are keen to catch up with the other major studios ...

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Wonder Woman: She’s a very good secretary

Imagine the scene. A Warner Bros. executive enters the room to talk to the producer. “Hey, I just finished the script for this Wonder Woman flick. Bit similar to the Marvel Thor films, isn’t it?” The producer looks up. “Well, ...

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The Red Turtle

I’ve yet to see a film this year with such an elegantly simple yet effective story. A man washes up on an island, he tries to survive and has a mystical interaction with a red turtle. I don’t want to ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Akira

Any list of most influential and greatest anime will inevitably feature one name above all others. Some have favourites that supersede it (indeed, I myself do) but no other film can claim as singular an impact on bringing Japanese animation ...

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Alien: Covenant

As one of my friends quipped, this film should really be called Alien vs Prometheus. Not only does Alien: Covenant give you the unwanted sequel to Prometheus, but smushed on top of that is a very formulaic Alien remake. The ...

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

My, oh my. Where to begin? King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is Guy Ritchie’s attempt to bring the Arthurian legends to the big screen in the style of big fantasy blockbusters like Lord of the Rings. I say ‘in ...

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Narrative framing devices in film

I finally gave in to years of pestering from friends and watched Saving Private Ryan. Perhaps my reputation as a cold, dead fish should have clued them up to the emotional arc falling flat with me, but in my defence, ...

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