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And the Winner is...
Now the dust has settled on awards season, Patrick Pilkington considers how the winners fit in to broader historical trends
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Published on March 08, 2016
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For Your Consideration: Best Supporting Actress
Zoë Shacklock takes a closer look at the Academy's nominations for Best Supporting Actress
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Published on February 25, 2016
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Star Wars: Before and After
A refreshing take on the Star Wars prequels; praising their beauty, ambition, and earnestness over the knowing retro-coolness of The Force Awakens
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Published on December 30, 2015
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Festival Report: FrightFest 2015
Intrepid reporter James Taylor braves the horrors of FrightFest
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Published on September 03, 2015
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The Overlook Screening: Citizen Ruth
Reasons to see Citizen Ruth, showing this month at The Overlook Screening Rooms
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Published on August 27, 2015
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Reflecting on Robots: Representations of A.I. in Recent Film
Matt Denny explores the representation of robots in film, in reference to Chappie and Ex Machina
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Published on August 03, 2015
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The Overlook Screening July 2015: Taste of Fear
Reasons to see Taste of Fear, showing this month at The Overlook Screening Rooms
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Published on July 06, 2015
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Apocalypse and Optimism in Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland
Cat Lester explores the differing treatment of dystopia and optimism in Mad Max: Fury Road and Tomorrowland
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Published on June 23, 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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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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"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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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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Miami Vice
In the fifth article of our blockbuster symposium, James Slaymaker makes the case for Miami Vice and Michael Mann's avant-garde multiplex style
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Published on August 13, 2014
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Quantum of Solace
Guest writer Ed Smith shares his thoughts on the Craig-era Bond films, and examines the merits of Quantum of Solace
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Published on August 11, 2014
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The Fugitive
Tom Steward explores the balance between narrative and spectacle in The Fugitive compared to contemporary blockbuster films
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Published on August 10, 2014
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Six-shooters, Storytelling, and the Sublime Folly of The Lone Ranger
As part of the Blockbuster Symposium, Matt Denny ponders what constitutes a blockbuster, and why The Lone Ranger is his favourite despite breaking all the rules
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Published on August 07, 2014
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What A Difference An 'A' Makes
In the second article of our Blockbuster symposium, Rebecca Rae discusses the effect the 12A classification has had on the blockbuster, both formally and as cinematic rite of passage
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Published on August 05, 2014
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Taking Stock of Dead Man's Chest
To begin our Blockbuster Symposium, Owen Weetch considers the personal value of the blockbuster and interrogates his own initial response to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Published on August 03, 2014
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'Working Like A Dog': A Hard Day's Night at 50
Appraising what is perhaps the integral artifact of Baetlemania
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Published on July 14, 2014
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Artificial Anxiety: Computer Chess and Her
These two formally distinct films question what it means to be human within modern information culture
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Published on July 12, 2014
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