Opinion

Book adaptations: To stay faithful or not to stay faithful

Book adaptations: To stay faithful or not to stay faithful

Sitting down to watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug made me ponder about book adaptations. More specifically, it made me wonder whether or not it is better to keep the film faithful to the source material, or if a little creative input and additional exposition makes for a better film? It's a...

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Christmas Movies: The Cynic’s Perspective

Christmas Movies: The Cynic’s Perspective

Have you ever noticed how annoying Christmas movies can be? They're wonderfully happy at the best of times, but when you're not feeling the festive cheer, a dislike for them is kind of inevitable. The Christmas movie, from a cynic's point of view, is actually their idea of hell. It's that time of year...

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What now, Family Guy?

What now, Family Guy?

Warning: this post contains spoilers for both the years-old "Brian and Stewie" episode and the more recent, death episode of Family Guy. This is a sad day. For years, Brian has been the cement with which Family Guy has held itself together. He’s the one character who has had two major arcs with family...

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It’s a Wonderful Standalone Film

It’s a Wonderful Standalone Film

Sometimes, people working in cinema seem to completely lose sight of what’s important about a piece of filmmaking. In this case, they’ve gone in totally blind. There are certain films that will never, ever need a sequel. E.T., When Harry Met Sally, and Superbad (go with me on that one). There are also ones...

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Keeping It Loki: The State of Norse Mythology on Screen

Keeping It Loki: The State of Norse Mythology on Screen

For millennia, the mythological tales of human civilisation have been a source of artistic inspiration. The storied history of the Norse gods has been no exception. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the opening sequence of Thor has nothing to do with Marvel’s superhero universe. In the midst of Asgard,...

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How To Survive a Horror Film

How To Survive a Horror Film

Horror films are a massive pain in the arse, if you’re in them. You’re essentially given a one in five, maybe even a one in ten chance of surviving. So how do you survive? For starters, we’re going to have to delve into the tropes to analyse the various demographics horror screenwriters have decided just...

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Studio Ghibli: A look back at Hayao Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli: A look back at Hayao Miyazaki

The Venice Film Festival took a sad turn this September. It was announced that Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Japanese director behind the Oscar-winning Spirited Away and other animations like My Neighbour Totoro, is retiring. Koju Hoshin, the president of Studio Ghibli announced that The Wind Rises would be his...

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Pseudo-Hacking in Hollywood

Pseudo-Hacking in Hollywood

Hacking has rarely been out of the news for some time now, and where there's a topic in the eye of journalists, there are films of dubious real-world accuracy to accompany them. The thing about hacking in Hollywood is that its interpretation by screenwriters is about as accurate as you might expect from a...

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The Geek Culture Explosion

The Geek Culture Explosion

It all started with comic book movies. From a handful of celebrity-funded vanity projects and low-budget labors of love sprang an geek tidal wave that has swept up everything cinematic in its wake. The real effect that geek culture will have on cinematic history is yet to reach its full conclusion, but the...

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Top Movies of 2012

Top Movies of 2012

As we approach the end of another year, possibly the last year ever, it is time to look back at some of the movies that have moved, excited or dazzled us. Our special 'Top Movies of 2012' list lets each of our writers choose the films that have meant the most to them in the last 12 months. Chris...

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