Article Discussions, Film

Originality Debate in Cinema

Article/Discussion

Written for and published on Film Inquiry – 27th April 2016

The ideology of originality in modern day cinema is a debate that is frequently discussed and examined, comparing it to what was considered the ‘Golden Age of Cinema’ in the 1900’s. Particularly regarded are the similar storylines and plots that are overused and are becoming somewhat identical, which can comprise of reboots of existing features – Superheroes etc. Along with the sheer amount of sequels that reoccur frequently even when audiences may not particularly want them, leading to them being ignored or neglected. Both critics and the public alike weigh up validations to whether what is produced and shown on our screens is in fact unique content, or whether cinema is becoming more washed out and predictable. Examples for both of these theories are evident continually, especially in present film, therefore making this subject so relevant and important to contemporary media. Nowadays, with the sheer amount of competition around, more and more people want to make film, but it is due to this reality that people do indeed doubt Hollywood and the value of its content.

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Film, Movie Reviews

Eye in the Sky (2016)

Film Review

Colonel Katherine Powell has been perilously tracking the movements of a number of al-Shabaab terrorists for several years. When new information on the whereabouts of these high-priority individuals comes to her attention, a team gathers to achieve a final resolution to capture the targets. Situated in Nairobi, Kenya, a young girl harmlessly goes about her daily routine, selling bread for her mother. Her life is put on the line when Powell regrettably decides to modify her mission from “capture” to “kill”, after threats of suicide bombers are uncovered. Further complications arise as imminent deaths are calculated and the whole team must make some difficult decisions in order to minimalize causalities and destruction.

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Superhero Debate

Article/Discussion

A popular discussion topic for me of recent, is the ideology behind superhero movies. Their sudden appearance into the spotlight of film discussion and cinema critique is an interesting one to follow and become part of. My article, first written for and published with Starskify, dips briefly into Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and it’s success/downfall along with it’s comparison with the  upcoming Civil War (2016) epic.

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High Rise (2016)

Film Review

Written and published for Starskify – 19th April 2016

Psychology Doctor Robert Laing is new to life in the High Rise, recently moved to the 25th floor of a newly developed tower block in London. Bound to the tower by a hierarchy of class and power, Laing soon fits right at home, pushing away his somewhat enigmatic past and welcoming the conventional and totally hectic environments of the many floors. When harmony turns to chaos, the social order takes control and lower classes revolt against the forceful occupants of the higher command.

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POV in Cinema

Article/Discussion

Originally written and published with FilmDebate – 17th April 2016

The emergence of Hardcore Henry onto our screens in the last few weeks has brought the concept of first person POV into the feature film environment. Essentially, what this film portrays can be classified as is a cinematic video game; a brutal, action packed thrill ride that allows the audience to really become part of the energy and combat surrounding the characters and their environments. In terms of cinema and film, it’s unlike much we’ve encountered before, hence why it also carries a sheer amount of potential, particularly regarding future releases.

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Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)

Film Review

Left heartbroken after the loss of her only child, Freya abandons the forest land and her evil Queen sister Ravenna for a solitary confinement in the winter wilderness of the North,  taking a new command over the dominion. Bitter from her past, the icy Queen raises an army of Huntsmen, capturing and training children into toughened soldiers. Star-crossed lovers Sara and Eric are forced apart from the resentful monarch, after prohibiting the existence of love in her realm. When finally reunited, along with new accomplices, they must together regain back the lost, magic mirror before anything further can happen to the future of their lands.

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Film Review

Edit Published on Starskify.com – 6th April 2016

Zach Snyder’s provides his second rendition into the superhero world in the form of his familiar Man of Steel encountering the Caped Crusader of Gotham in a rivalry of morals and justice. Citizens of Metropolis emerge conscious of the destruction Superman has brought to their city, and are now striving for protectorship they deserve against the evil of the world. Bruce Wayne shares the concerns of the city, after witnessing the effects of the Krypton originating alien from ground level view. Wayne is fastened with a vengeance to put an end to this reckless demolition, whist Clark Kent himself is becoming more aware of an additional threat in the form of the somewhat unhinged Lex Luthor. Vast plans unfold and the two heroes are forced into confrontation and subsequently required to unite against the perils Luthor provides to the duo.

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