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Blackhat
James Slaymaker explores issues of interconnectedness, subjectivity, and digital abstraction in Blackhat
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Published on February 11, 2016
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45 Years
Claire Jesson elaborates on the intersection between the political and the personal in 45 YearsRead this article
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Published on October 15, 2015
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Nick Jones examines Christopher McQuarrie\"s lightness of touch in reference to the various authorial contributions to the Mission: Impossible franchise
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Published on September 03, 2015
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Song of the Sea
Zoë Shacklock explores the ways in which Song of the Sea uses its animated form to interrogate the entanglements between the lives of people and the life of a place
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Published on August 09, 2015
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Inherent Vice
James Slaymaker discusses hyperreality, nostalgia, paranoia, and issues of adaptation in Inherent Vice
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Published on June 13, 2015
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The Boxtrolls
Cat Lester explores the different types of monstrosity presented in The Boxtrolls and the problems arising in terms of gender and class
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Published on April 23, 2015
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St. Vincent
Patrick Pilkington analyses St. Vincent in relation to themes of entertainment and utopia
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Published on March 31, 2015
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Gone Girl
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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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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Whiplash
An endorsement of millennial masochism or an indictment of neoliberalism?
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Published on January 26, 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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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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Guardians of the Galaxy
James Taylor explores the themes of subversion and nostalgia in the films of James Gunn
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Published on October 28, 2014
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Bad Neighbours
Matt Denny reconsiders the themes of irresponsibilty and gender in Bad Neighbours
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Published on October 15, 2014
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Devil's Knot
Jim Holden explores the narrative failures of Devil's Knot
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Published on September 17, 2014
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Battle Company: Korengal
Deciding to focus on the experiences of the US soldiers involved reaps remarkable results
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Published on September 07, 2014
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Cold in July
Symptomatic of a trend in recent neo-noir to ape eighties filmmaking; by Tom Steward
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Published on August 06, 2014
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The Lego Movie
Working through dichotomies of playing vs. preserving and creativity vs. conformity
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Published on July 31, 2014
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The Lone Ranger
An audio commentary on Gore Verbinski's much-maligned revisionist western.
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Published on July 22, 2014
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Belle
Interrogating historical veracity and progressive potential in a generic context
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Published on July 08, 2014
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