Why I love film | A Response to A Film Club Zine

In response to the fabulous A Film Club Zine, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about why I love film and the film that started off my love affair with the medium, plus a little about the zine itself!

You can find the zine here!
Let me know what films sparked your interest in the comments below!

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Is Blade Runner 2049 a feminist film?

Having recently re-watched Blade Runner 2049 I thought it would be apt to share this piece that I wrote for the UCL Gen Fem Soc about whether we can call this a feminist film.

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Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 follows in the style of Ridley Scott’s original sci-fi classic not only in its breathtaking visuals and intriguing plot – but also, it seems, with the wide debate surrounding it. Such debates centre around one seemingly simple question: is this a feminist film?

Immediately, a number of cinema-goers will say “no, it isn’t” since the central plot of 2049 stems from a love story in the original between Deckard and Rachel which is famously problematic and continues to be criticised today. However, I had not yet watched the original before dipping my toe into the Blade Runner universe so I won’t explore that angle here.

The proliferation of a lack of strong female leads in Hollywood has led to an increased exploration of female representation in film. The Bechdel test, a mode of gauging such gender inequality in film, was created by cartoonist Alison Bechdel in her 1985 graphic comic Dykes to Watch Out For; the test proposes that 

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Quickfire Film Reviews | Bill, The Disaster Artist, About Time

Quickfire film reviews, well it’s in the title, isn’t it?
I’m speedily reviewing old releases, re-watches, and films I didn’t particularly enjoy.

Bill (dir. Richard Bracewell)
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Starring: Matthew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick 

What’s in a name?
Well, from the name of this film alone you know not to go into this film expecting any sort of historical accuracy – a surprise from the Horrible Histories gang, but works all the more in their favour. Following the ‘real’ story of William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare’s journey to the London Stage, we see the dramatist getting kicked out of ‘Mortal Coil’ for his spotlight-stealing lute playing, working to promote the ‘Two a Week” vegetable campaign dressed dashingly as a tomato alongside the cucumber Christopher Marlowe, and helping to put a stop to the deviously disguised King Phillip II of Spain from carrying out a Catholic Plot to kill the Queen. Ridiculous in all the right ways.
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Funny Cow | 1-Minute Review

“Life. It’s always been too much, and not enough”

Bleak, barren, and brutal – Funny Cow certainly isn’t a comedy!
Check out my review of this interesting British drama and let me know what you think of it in the comments!


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Director: Adrian Shergold

Starring: Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine, Tony Pitts

Running time:  103 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Off the Rails | Reviewing Kiss Me First, episode 3

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Leila suspects Denier might be Adrian’s next target and is determined to save him.

Better late than never! Have a watch of my review of episode three of Channel 4’s YA Drama Kiss Me First, the wonderfully dark Off the Rails in which monsters lurk and glitches spook.

Are you following Kiss Me First? What do you think of this technological drama?
Let me know in the comments! 

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Make It Stop | Reviewing Kiss Me First, episode 2

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To join the secret paradise Red Pill, Lelia has to prove to Adrian that she is a worthy member.

Here’s the second post of my new weekly series review of Channel 4’s YA Drama Kiss Me First! My first reactions take over this video, so let’s have a look at Make It Stop, the creepy second episode.

Are you following Kiss Me First? What do you think of this technological drama?
Let me know in the comments! 

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The City & The City Episode 1 | A Dirty and Different Crime Drama

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The City and The City, BBC’s latest Drama is a wonderfully bizarre show, adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni (How I Live Now, Young Pope) from China Miéville’s award-winning series of the same name, that blends the typical police procedural with trippy noir science fiction. The tale is based within the bleak and brutalist Besźel, one of the titular cities, which just happens to share the topographical space with Ul Qoma, the other city, albeit the glossier one. An intriguing sci-fi concept that is a little tricky to get your head around, yet the story itself remains ever poignant. Although it’s perhaps a little hard to see under the blurry and boggling set-up.

After the body of an American exchange student studying in Ul Qoma is found in mysterious circumstances on the border of Besźel Inspector Tyador Borlú (David Morrisey – The Missing, Julius Caesar) takes on the case with his Watson, Constable Corwi (Mandeep Dhillon – Some Girls) – if Watson were a straight-talking, sweary cop that is. How did this girl end up dead in the grimiest areas of Besźel? How did Continue reading

She Did Something | Reviewing Kiss Me First, episode 1

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When Leila finds Red Pill, a secret paradise hidden on the edges of a virtual reality game, she meets the mysterious Tess.

Here is the first post of my new weekly series review of Channel 4’s YA Drama Kiss Me First, a show I have been extremely excited for! With my first reactions and a short review let’s start with the strong premiere ‘She Did Something’.

Are you following Kiss Me First? What do you think of this technological drama?
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Following | 1 Minute Restrospective Review

My first 1-minute retrospective review today, all about Christopher Nolan’s first feature Following (and yes, that is a mouthful) to celebrate it’s recently celebrated 20 years anniversary! 🎬


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Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Alex Haw, Jeremy Theobald, Lucy Russel, John Nolan

 

 

” You’re developing a taste for it – the violating, the voyeurism… it’s definitely you. “

 

 

 

 


 

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LGBT Characters and their Role in Literature

Today I’m reblogging a post I wrote two years ago about the role LGBT+ characters in Literature in response to learning that ‘Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda’ was being made into a film. Now we’re a week away from the release of the film and I couldn’t be more excited, so it felt fitting to bring this up again.

Literature and films such as Love, Simon, Read Me Like a Book and Call Me By Your Name are so important, and I hope that they can set a new foundation for even more representation: more diverse background characters, more LGBT+ characters that lead the show without it following their ‘coming out story’, and more diverse LGBT+ characters (we want racially diverse and gender diverse rep!).  Anyway, 

I’ve got my ticket booked and will be reviewing Love, Simon in the near future, so keep an eye out for that!

What do you think? Are you excited to see Love, Simon or have you already seen it? 

Let me know in the comments!

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I was recently reading about the upcoming film adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s fabulous Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda -which I am very excited for- and started thinking about LGBT characters in books.  More specifically their roles in books. I was thinking about how LGBT characters often tend to be the protagonists and the story seems to revolve around their sexuality or gender-identity. Obviously this is a brilliant thing; literature and YA in particular is becoming so much more diverse and are telling stories that perhaps used to be “taboo”.  More people are being represented and that is always a good thing.

However I was also thinking about how there are not as many books that have LGBT characters, either major or minor, whose stories do not revolve solely around their sexuality or gender-identity.

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