Kylo Ren – The Perfect Villain for a New Era

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This article contains spoilers for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Read at your own risk.

When The Force Awakens was released in 2015, it had been ten years since the last Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith. Excitement was at an all time high as the marketing was able to perfectly hype up both the hardcore and casual audiences. While many were interested to see how heroes such as Rey and Finn were going to be characterised, the history of Star Wars made it so people were just as intrigued to see the villains, one of these being Kylo Ren. We all had questions such as “Will he be the new Darth Vader?” and “Is he a sith?”. As The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi came out, we realised that he was neither of these things. It turned out, he was the perfect villain for a new era. Continue reading

Fear of the Unknown – How Horror Uses Our Imagination to Scare Us

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Making a film that is truly scary is not an easy feat. With the plethora of horror releases that we see throughout the year, it is not often that a picture is able to effectively give us real goosebumps. Sure, there are many movies that make us jump. However, we are not really scared by this but merely startled. I spoke a little bit about how menace is more important than jump scares in a recent article. To build on this, we must look deeper into what makes the threat in a horror film terrifying. Grotesque demons and ghouls can obviously give us a fright but it is those villains that are not presented much (or at all) that are able to keep us up at night. It is far more petrifying when things are left up to our imagination. Continue reading

Sound and Cinema – Baby Driver’s Masterful Use of Music

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Film is an all encompassing form of expression. While certain types of art focus mainly on a single sense, cinema is able to deliver its product via multiple channels. In the end, all these methods are fused together to evoke a feeling in the audience. When done right, music can be one these most important factors. A well crafted original score can summon emotions from viewers as they are written specifically for the story and the scenes. However, great film makers are able to do this even with music that has existed before. Continue reading

A Future That Failed – Why We Love Dystopian Sci-Fi Films

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As is the case with many art forms, film is often seen as an escape from regular life. Even for us film lovers who dissect everything, being swept away to a different backdrop can be the best medicine for our troubles. Whether it’s within the halls of Hogwarts or across the hills of Middle-earth, the world that a movie inhabits can factor greatly into its enjoyment. With this in mind, it’s clear that certain types of settings have become more popular than others.  It can then be seen as quite surprising that one of cinema’s most enduring sub-genres is dystopian science fiction. Continue reading

Analysis of a Genre – The Importance of Menace in Horror

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Horror is one of motion pictures most enduring genres. While some categories seem to fade in and out of popularity, horror is a timeless section of cinema that always draws in audiences. From its origins in the late 1890s to the modern era, people seem to be addicted to dread. Whenever a good horror film is released, many of us flock to see it. We want to be scared and are disappointed when the movie doesn’t deliver. When done most effectively, we feel uneasy even after leaving the theater. In most instances, this is caused not by jump scares or gore but by menace. Continue reading