The Hollywood Outlaw, Cliff Booth

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This article contains spoilers for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Read at your own risk.

There are very few men like Quentin Tarantino left in the movie industry. While some filmmakers have an uncompromising vision, only a small group are able to deliver story-focused pieces of cinema with large budgets to back it up. This privilege has allowed him to deliver a multitude of iconic characters, each using well-written dialogue to reach their status of fame.

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The Dangers of Tribalism in Cinema Fandom

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Everyone has an opinion when it comes to film. While there are some objective elements to be critiqued, cinema is a largely subjective art-form. You may like a certain movie while someone else may not. In an ideal world, these disagreements would result in conversations highlighting what you admired, while admitting the faults, creating a civil discourse that takes in alternate viewpoints. Unfortunately, these interactions are becoming few and far between. Many of us seem to believe that you have to pick a “side”, or in fact that there are “sides” to pick at all. This tribalistic sentiment has been brewing in online film circles for a while but seems to have reached a boiling point with a few recent blockbusters.

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How Solo: A Star Wars Story Makes Han Solo a Worse Character

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This article contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Read at your own risk.

Originating in the seminal Star Wars film, Han Solo has grown to become a fan favourite for nerds and cinema goers alike. Portrayed with a wonderful performance by Harrison Ford, Han was able to go from strength to strength during his tenure in the first trilogy. With a once off appearance as an older man in The Force Awakens, many of us thought that this would be the last live action sighting of our favourite smuggler. With an unwarranted decision to provide a needless backstory, 2018 saw the delivery of a movie that predictably did more bad than good. Continue reading

Creeping Death – The Terrifying Threat of The Thing

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Released in 1982, the John Carpenter directed classic The Thing has long been a premier example of high quality science fiction horror. Starring Kurt Russell alongside a fantastic ensemble cast, this tale of dread positions a group of American researchers in the middle of desolate Antarctica, invaded by an extraterrestrial foe. 36 years later and this picture is as effective as ever. Offering a horrific experience that is wrapped in drama and mystery, elevated by its truly terrifying titular creature. Continue reading