Assassin’s Creed (2016)

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Video games as a format primarily work because as the player you are in control of a character within a narrative, thus placing you in the moment. This is also why in my opinion the horror genre is now best depicted in video games. So, depending upon the game, you must complete a series of tasks such as learning how this new world works, and how to adapt to your environment. You must also make important decisions regarding your character’s various upgrades before finally deciding how to best utilise all you have learned to your advantage when you inevitably face the bosses along the way. These are some of the most fundamental reasons why people play video games, and is an element you cannot presently incorporate into film.
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Silence (2016)

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I’ve always been fascinated by religion, more so now in my early twenties than I have been previously. I grew up reading condensed forms of passages from The Bible, reciting the lord’s prayer each morning at my primary school. When I transitioned to my secondary school I attended weekly chapel services, singing hymns and sitting once a week in the crypt to listen to sermons from the school Chaplin. I find Cathedrals and Churches to be some of the more beautiful and fascinating pieces of architecture, as they serve as a testament of the faith that others have to a deity, and I have been fortunate enough to visit many Cathedrals such as the one in Durham, as well as those in Italy and France.

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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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Nate Parker is an ambitious man, directing, writing and starring as the lead in his first feature film. ‘The Birth of a Nation’ explores the historically significant story of Nate Turner in 1831, whose actions are believed to have been the spark for events such as, The Civil War and abolishment of slavery 33 years later. Nate Turner was a slave who became a preacher and travelled with his master across the country, preaching to other slaves whose masters feared they were not being as subservient as they ought to be.  Continue reading

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Cheat Sheet

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Background: A noir film directed by Alexander Mackendrick, ‘Sweet Smell of Success‘ is regarded as a cult classic by those aware of the film, and much like other cult classics such as ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Sweet Smell Of Success’ was poorly received by audiences and critics at the time. However, over the years its popularity has grown and the films stands out not only as one of Tony Curtis’s best performances on screen, but the film has also aged quite well in its profound depiction of seedy men and corrupt business.

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Their Finest (2017)

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For a film about propaganda, its own marketing campaign was quite well organised. Last weekend a feature was published in The Times which contained a charming interview with the film’s star Gemma Arterton. In this interview, she discussed her desire to move from big blockbuster films to smaller character driven ones. Arterton is probably better known for her roles in big blockbuster American films such as ‘Prince of Persia’, ‘Hansel & Gretel’ and ‘Clash of Titans’. Arterton explained that whilst these films offered well-paid opportunities to new talent, they were ultimately unsatisfying roles, a familiar path for many actors including Bill Nighy.
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Casablanca (1942) Cheat Sheet

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Background: Casablanca is a 1942 black & white romantic drama directed by Michael Curtiz, and it was based on a stage play called ‘Everybody Comes to Rick’s’. Casablanca is a city located in the north-west area of Morocco and the film is set during the start of the Second World War. Continue reading

Rogue One (2016)

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Minor Spoilers throughout, and I will place ‘The Last Jedi’ trailer at the bottom.

Star Wars is an iconic series, redefining both cinema and the science fiction genre when it was first released in the late 70s. The series has spanned an impressive 40 years, something which is currently being celebrated with various panels events and the release of the ‘The Last Jedi’ trailer. In its time on screen the series has produced two trilogies with ‘The Force Awakens’ initiating a third. Rogue One serves as something different and altogether quite interesting as a spin-off film, though one that is still attached to the main Star Wars narrative arc. Rogue One introduces us to new characters and new planets whilst remaining in familiar territory.

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12 Angry Men (1957) Cheat Sheet

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Background: 12 Angry Men is a 1957 film, originally a teleplay called ‘Twelve Angry Men’ written by Reginald Rose in 1954. It was then adapted into TV series before becoming a film with its perhaps more ionic title ’12 Angry Men’. The film is exclusively a male cast, with Henry Fonda being the most iconic actor to star, playing Juror 8. The film was directed by Sidney Lumet and is almost entirely shot in one room.

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Moana (2016)

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Ancient Polynesia, and a terrible curse has been placed upon the land by the Demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson), causing famine to spread throughout the surrounding islands. The curse has now reached Chief Tui’s island (Temuera Morrison) where fish are disappearing and newly harvested coconuts are rotten. Moana (Auli’I Cravalho), the daughter of Chief Tui, must venture forth beyond the high seas and find Maui in order to restore peace.

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Bleed for This (2016)

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A boxing film normally contains a certain formula. Normally an American man who comes from a working-class background, who rises through the ranks to gain his weight class title. The story should be inspirational, with music suited to being in the gym or to run to. The character will normally confront a number obstacles, such as defeat, injury or personal loss, before a combination of at least one inspiring sport montage and a sheer force of will guides them back into the ring to face one last fight.

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