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By Arron Williams Neill Blomkamp is one of those directors that people don’t really know the name of. People are aware of his works, but unlike household names such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, no one really talks about him. It is safe to say that he has successfully kept under the radar. Now, don’t worry if you aren’t aware of who he is; Neill Blomkamp is a South African sci-fi film director who has only had three major cinema film releases. However, he is an incredibly active short-film director, but I will get onto that later. Blomkamp is…

Netflix. Amazon. Now TV. Kodi sticks. Illegal streaming. It has never been easier to watch films than it is today, and it has never been cheaper either quite frankly. For around £7 a month, you can pick any of the available streaming services and have hundreds of thousands of films ready to go in the comfort of your own home. Couple that in with home comforts like your favourite pyjamas and your cosy bed, all tucked up with Poundland’s finest nibbles and drinks at your disposal, and for a tenner at most, you’re good to go. Now, with Netflix dealing…

Over the last few weeks, it seems that Disney have taken a stronghold on releasing teasers and trailers, with a trio of films that will undoubtedly please a vast audience throughout many generations. They did a marvellous job with the live action extravaganza of Beauty and the Beast last year, so the excitement will be higher than ever for the two remakes, and then the long awaited sequel to Wreck-It Ralph. Christopher Robin: The beloved Winnie the Pooh returns to the big screen in a live action, CGI film titled Christopher Robin. It stars Ewan McGregor as a grown up…

Marvel Studios have really hit their stride over the past decade. For 10 years, they have given us so many memorable moments, found a formula that has spanned across now 18 films, working more often than not, and made us wait until the end credits for a snippet of footage or absolutely nothing at all; they really do have the fans and audience members hook, line and sinker. 2018 is a big year for the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), as we finally get to see what has been building for those 10 years; Avengers: Infinity War. But before that, we…

by Arron Williams Are practical effects actually better than computer-generated imagery (CGI)? Most of you have probably heard the claim that practical effects are a thousand times better than CGI and that CGI ruins a film. Perhaps you heard such claims from friends, teachers, or even by a critic in response to whatever film is the target that week. I know I have come across this argument and debate countless times both in film classes and in the media. But just how much weight does this claim actually have? Is CGI a filmic disease bound to taint whatever it touches?…

There are many, many superlatives to describe, in my opinion, just how great this film is. One of the beautiful things about cinema, is its ability to engage you on a variety of levels, and The Shape Of Water certainly engages me on a wide range of those levels. It is very easy to see why it is being highly regarded by critics and why audience members enjoyed this visionary picture. This film is very good at taking you to another place whilst watching, and I almost felt like it was more of an experience. The story is set in…

The Darkest Hour is about former Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) as he is appointed leader of the British government. However, he is thrown into the lions den, as he must balance the advancing Third Reich under Adolf Hitler and pressures from Parliament. The greatest compliment I can give Gary Oldman is that I forgot after the initial quarter of an hour that it was him. He is almost unrecognisable as Winston Churchill, and delivers a sublime performance that is so powerful and moving. His Oscar nominated makeup & costume team of Kazuhiro Tsuji (who Oldman coaxed out of…

Nick Park and Aardman Animations have clubbed together once again to bring us a stop-motion clay animation feature length film; Early Man. In recent memory, the computer based approach to this type of animated film has been used on movies such as Flushed Away, Arthur Christmas and The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!. But with Early Man, it headed back to the clay age, and the stone age, for its latest conquest. Early Man follows caveman Doug (Eddie Redmayne) who lives as part of a tribe in a remote valley. But when Lord Nooth (Tom Hiddleston) and his age…

A genre of film that has always proven to be a staple of cinemas over the years is musicals. From way back in the 1930s and 40s with The Wizard Of Oz and Meet Me In St. Louis, the trend carried on into the 50s and 60s with icons and greats like An American in Paris, Singing In The Rain, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and The Sound Of Music just to name a few. The 70s and 80s then brought us classics such as Grease, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Annie. Disney heightened their animated…

Over recent months, a few films have been released that have divided viewers. Movies such as Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Netflix Original Bright, and Blade Runner 2049, have either split fan-bases, got raving reviews by critics but displeased the public or have been slated by reviewers but adored by paying audiences; every one has had a rightful and entitled say. This, for me, reinforces the beautiful nature of a lot of things, especially film; you are entitled to have a passionate opinion on what you care for, and whether it is good, bad or indifferent, that is totally…

Ant-Man and The Wasp: A somewhat forgotten about MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) film with Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War headlining 2018 for Marvel Studios. However, off of the success of the first one, with how good the trailer looks and, from the looks of the snippet, sticking to a similar formula, it will undoubtedly be as good as the original, and keep up with the standard the MCU has set itself. Deadpool 2: Back in 2016, we saw what many people felt should have come a long time before; a R-rated, fourth wall breaking, comedic and violent Deadpool that…

Star Wars is special, there’s no denying it. There is something so inspiring and encapsulating about George Lucas’ creation that millions and millions of people across the world adore. From when the original trilogy started back in 1977, through to the prequels, Rogue One and various incarnations of novels, television shows,  games and much, much more; generation after generation fall madly in love with, arguably, the greatest franchise in a galaxy far, far away. In 2015, the creative baton was passed onto JJ Abrams, and he has masterminded a new series of Star Wars films that would be set after…

All the way back in 2008, a universe was born. Adapted from its comic book realm, Marvel Studios, with Kevin Feige at the helm, decided to make a fresh, continuing, intertwining franchise of films, christening it the MCU – Marvel Cinematic Universe. Debuting with Iron Man, then onto The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Captain America before they would all culminate in The Avengers. With an overall successful string of films, calling the initial six films (which included Iron Man 2) Phase One, Phase Two began with more individual pictures from established characters, and introducing new faces such as Ant-Man and…

On Friday 8th December, the Film Society held their first showcase of the academic year. The Winter Showcase was made up of 7 short film screenings of varying genres, as well as Q&A sessions with a representative from each film crew. Each group came up with their own original concepts based on the theme of phobia, leading to a plethora of different ideas. It was really encouraging to see how the various groups had created wildly different interpretations from the same key topic. These shorts included a music video and a comedy, alongside a few dramas. Below, you can find…

By Arron Williams British film is full of a wide of variety of outstanding, hilarious and moving films. It is also an area of cinema I am personally passionate about and really enjoy supporting. The BFI (British Film Institute) do a good job of ensuring and aiding the development of British films. This is a list of five British films that I would recommend to those wanting to watch some movies that have come from the industry. They are by no means necessarily what I regard as my top five films, but rather five films I would recommend to those…

Based on the bestselling novel by R. J. Palacio of the same name, Wonder is about August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), who is born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disorder that is characterized by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones and chin, unfortunately leading to further complications with breathing, sight and hearing which require surgery and left him with facial scarring. For the early parts of his education, he was home-schooled by his mother Isabel (Julia Roberts), but he is now enrolled in the fifth grade at a private elementary school, Beecher Prep, for the first time in his…