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Taika Waititi’s Melancholic Storytelling

There are not many directors working today who have taken as big a leap from independent filmmaking to blockbusters and franchises as Taika Waititi. Since the global success of What We Do in The Shadows (2014), which has since been further adapted into a popular…

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Thirty Years of Silence

Paul Tanter takes a deep dive into what makes The Silence of The Lambs so compelling after thirty years. Whether it’s considered psychological horror, a suspense thriller, a crime procedural, or a mix-and-match combination of these genres, it’s undeniable that 1991’s The Silence of The…

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Film, Audiences, and the Obsession with Celebrity

Part of what makes film, television, and theatre uniquely compelling mediums is intimacy. The bond an actor creates with their audience makes or breaks the effectiveness of a performance. What hasn’t always been around is any form of closeness between the viewers and the actors…

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2020: The Year of the Writer

The lack of studio output in 2020 meant smaller, more personal stories had a bigger moment in the spotlight, and in many of them the creative process was explored in unique, twisty ways. Josephine Decker’s Shirley unpicks the messy topic of creative inspiration around Gothic-writer…

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Film Oddity: David Bowie and the Screen

A Brief Guide to David Bowie’s Biggest Cinematic Inspirations David Bowie was many things: a singer, a lyricist, a painter, a designer, a philosopher, a performer, an actor… a true Renaissance man. He was an artist by all meanings of the word. And like many…

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Fi’s Top Fifty(ish) Films of 2020

I have heard some concerning comments from those who are into films a normal amount (I wonder what that’s like?) along the lines of “were any films even released in 2020?” or that it has been a bad year for film. Of course, it was…

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Fi’s Top 30 TV Shows of 2020

I’ve decided to shamelessly steal from the great LA Times film critic Justin Chang and present my best TV shows of the year as a series of 15 pairs. I love finding connections between things and thinking of films in terms of double-bills, so thought…

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KFC Made a Lifetime Movie and I Watched It

A Recipe for Seduction The creation of fast news and trends means that companies will try and do anything creative and unique to promote their products and brands: the Wendy’s Twitter profile that roasts people, Tropicana creating a giant Sun illumination in Trafalgar Square, Burger…

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Why ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’ is a Horror Film

Brian Henson’s dystopias are the source of many childhood nightmares for me. And if you grew up in the UK, it’s almost a guarantee that you’ve been subject to the horrors of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Whether you performed it as your annual Christmas play…