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‘Mudbound’: Peace in War

Warning: the following article includes plot spoilers for Mudbound (2017).  War alludes to destruction and death is ubiquitous on the battlefield. World War II effectuated deaths of millions and the gravity of horrors spread across the world is beyond human perspicacity. However, what if something…

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Hi, Stranger: A Play Supporting Suicide Prevention

Released free online and in support of World Suicide Prevention Day, short virtual play ‘Hi, Stranger’ explores suicidal thoughts through the lens of online dating. “As with all mental health difficulties, talking is so important,” notes writer/director Kristen Brookman. “Feeling isolated is a common symptom…

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Celebrating Queer Cinema’s Unsung Allies

Allies to the LGBTQ+ community are as important now as they have ever been. Whilst the rights for this community has massively improved, there are still many to be fought for. In over seventy countries it is still illegal to be gay, many members of…

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The Turbulence of Young Friendships in Film

Films about young friendship are often tinged with nostalgia. There is a palpable sense that the filmmakers are looking back, idealistically or critically, at how things used to be, or even projecting how they wished things were. As an art form, movies have the ability…

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Can a Hulk Hogan Biopic Work in Modern America?

The upcoming Hulk Hogan biopic is not short of talent. Chris Hemsworth is in the title role, while Oscar nominee Todd Phillips will be helming the project. Following the form of Joker, Phillips finds himself in charge of another controversial piece, albeit one that will…

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Dressed to Kill: Brian De Palma’s Horny Thriller at 40

From the 1980s into the 1990s, Hollywood was full of sleazy, lurid, violent erotic thrillers with atmospheric lighting, Freudian pop psychology, and the captivating blending of sex and death. Much has been written about how these movies play right into the male fear of female…

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Neon: Lighting Up New Worlds

Over the past decade, there have been many independent film distributors who have come to establish themselves as a brand of quality when you cast your eyes over their output. One such American distributor is Neon films. From getting behind independent movies from around the…