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St. Vincent
ALTERNATE TAKE: Patrick Pilkington analyses St. Vincent in relation to themes of entertainment and utopia
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Chappie

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REVIEW: A flawed film that adds little to the genre, but enjoyable nonetheless; by Matt Denny
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Published on March 29, 2015
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Gone Girl
ALTERNATE TAKE: James Slaymaker explores how Gone Girl engages with the tension between individual and collective identity in a media-saturated landscape
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Published on March 08, 2015
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The Alternate Takes Approach
On the ethos and methods of this site, by James MacDowell...
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Published on March 11, 2011
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Blackhat

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A formally radical film exploring the tangible effects of intangible data, on both society and the self; by James Slaymaker
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Published on February 25, 2015
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Alternate Takes

Transcendence
Matt Denny suggests approaching Transcendence as a ghost story in order to fully appreciate a flawed but interesting film
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Published on February 12, 2015
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Reviews From the 2014 London Film Festival: Part 2
James Slaymaker reviews Listen Up Philip, Jauja, and Eden
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Published on November 06, 2014
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Inherent Vice

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A portrait of times changing and those that get left behind, by James Slaymaker
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Published on January 31, 2015
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Whiplash
An endorsement of millennial masochism or an indictment of neoliberalism?
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Published on January 26, 2015
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Reviews From the 2014 London Film Festival: Part 1
James Slaymaker reviews Hard to be a God, Ellie Lumme, From What is Before, and Pasolini
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Published on November 01, 2014
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Ex Machina

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A genuinely thrilling sci-fi film about gender and Otherness, by Matt Denny
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Published on January 28, 2015
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Days of Future Past
Through examination of the character Quicksilver, James Taylor explains how Days of Future Past explores the malleability of space and time, and the power of people unifying to affect this
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Published on December 09, 2014
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"Get Away from Her…": The Power Behind One Line in Aliens
Patrick Pilkington explores the values of heroism and wonder in the blockbuster through Ripley's most famous line...
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Published on August 23, 2014
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American Sniper

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An examination of the glorification of masculine individualism, rather than the nuances of the war in Iraq; by James Slaymaker
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Published on January 26, 2015
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How to Train Your Dragon 2
Matt Denny explores issues of pleasure and criticism in relation to How to Train Your Dragon 2
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Published on December 07, 2014
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From Director Steven Spielberg
Our blockbuster symposium continues with a guest article from Paul Bullock on Spielberg and Blockbusters
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Published on August 20, 2014
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