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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…

On 15th April 2013, at the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, two homemade pressure cooker bombs were detonated, causing the death of 3 people, and leaving hundreds injured, some more fatal than others. An event that no one saw coming, ultimately brought the proud citizens of Boston even closer together. Stronger is about one of the fatally injured victims Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose legs were blown off and later amputated above the knee after he was there to support his partner Erin (Tatiana Maslany) and his journey back from the life changing tragedy and the inspiration he…

Back in 2003, a film called The Room was released into the world. Directed by, produced, written and starring mysterious figure Tommy Wiseau, it tells the story of Johnny (Wiseau), who is betrayed by his ‘future wife’ Lisa (Juliette Danielle) and his best friend Mark (Greg Sestro). The movie only grossed $1900 against a multi-million-dollar budget, being regarded by critics as ‘one of the worst films of all time’. However, it’s appeared to of gained a cult-like following from some fans, calling it the ‘best worst movie’. The reason the film received such negative responses, was due to its terrible…

Warner Bros. have a vast spectrum of media under their DC (Detective Comics) umbrella, including films such as The Dark Knight trilogy, many successful feature length animations like Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox and television series’, such as Batman: The Animated Series. Since 2011, Warner Bros. have marketed the DCEU (DC Entertainment Universe), in which their current batch of motion pictures films would come to life in the modern era, with a continuing timeline where the stories would align and allow the characters to interact. First came Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill performing superbly as Superman; then Batman v Superman:…

When Satoshi Tajiri, the founder of Game Freak, created the first Pokémon games, Red and Blue for Nintendo, I bet not even he could have imagined how big a cultural impact it would have on the world. Since those initial games, the franchise has become bigger and bigger. Nintendo and Pokemon have produced endless games across their consoling platforms, toys of your favourite characters, a manga series and much more. Most notably, aside from the games, an anime television series and movies are where we know Pokemon the best. The original Indigo League series was first aired in April 1997,…

The streaming service, Netflix, is an application I think every student in every university across the nation has, or at least, borrows it from someone who has it. Either way, we all love a good binge; whether it be a box set or a series of films, you get your weight in gold from it. What the company has put a lot of its profits into, is creating Netflix Original products films, as well as television programmes. A lot of these Netflix Originals are very, very good, drawing big name actors and actress to star, with great stories and vision.…

by Arron Williams Japanese cinema has a wide variety of beautiful and moving films; having created both spectacular animations known across the world, to cultural masterpieces which went on to influence western cinema. Whilst there are countless great films to choose from, such as the creations of Studio Ghibli, this list is of five films you should see to broaden your knowledge of Japanese cinema and its thematic role. Rashomon (1950) Rashomon is regarded as one of the staples of Japanese Cinema and one of renowned director Akira Kurosawa’s greatest films. Rashomon is a film with themes of mystery and…

12 Strong: Based on true events, but adapted from the book Horse Soldiers; in the wake of the September 11 attacks, a Special Forces team are sent to Afghanistan, where they combine alliances and go to war with enemy forces. In recent memory, there have been numerous war films that have been breathtakingly deep, including Dunkirk and Hacksaw Ridge. It seems that 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, will be no different and we look forward to seeing it early next year. I, Tonya: This biographical, sports, black comedy is about figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) and…

Now, I will start this article by saying that I haven’t read the Agatha Christie novel this film is based on. I’ll own up to that right off the bat. However, the beauty of not reading a book that a movie may be depicted from is that I don’t go in with any preconceived ideas about how the characters or settings should look; I’ll now only have that problem reading the book. The debate of ‘the book is better than the film’ or vice versa is perhaps better discussed  in a future issue. So, this will purely be a review…

So, could you each tell me a little bit about yourselves and your role on the committee? Lee: My name’s Lee Carson, and I’m the President of the society. I study a masters in Film Concept to Screen and have been in the society for three years, the previous two on the committee. It’s been good so far, I’ve really enjoyed it and I like the way we’re going. Aled: I’m Aled Griffiths, like Lee, I study a masters here as well on the same course and did my undergrad here. This is my second year on the committee, I…

The son of Odin is back once again to grace us with his almighty presence; but with a very different tone and feel this time around. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) has been crossing the nine realms since the events of Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in search of some much needed answers and the illustrations infinity stones. But what he uncovers instead is Ragnarok, the end of days and with it, the vicious Hela, who is hell bent on releasing her wrath upon Asgard. This film is simply brilliant, moving away from its Shakespearean roots that were shown in the…

The highly anticipated sequel to a such an unique and spectacular film was released at the beginning of the month; Blade Runner 2049. It is a truly stunning film. It stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its predecessor and, in my opinion, will be one of, if not the best film of 2017. However, for some reason since its release, the box office ticket sales have shown it has not been popular; why is it that? Are people becoming lazy with cinema? Because of the morality it questions, methodical plot points and noir stylisation; it’s not something you can swindle along to on…

by Arron Williams French film is a very impactful and beautiful part of cinema. Their themes are moving and stylised superbly to create some truly stunning movies. But one of the problems mentioned with foreign film, however, can be that you have to read them rather than watch. There are so many wonderful films other countries have produced and you should watch in order to extend your knowledge. I suggest that your first venture is across the Channel to France, as I would recommend these 5 films to watch as a starting point Léon the Professional (1994) Léon the Professional,…

Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You If you grew up around the 90s to the present date, there’s no doubt you have been interested in Pokemon at some stage of your life. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, a special movie has been created, adapting the first episode from when Ash receives Pikachu from Professor Oak and encounters the legendary Pokemon Ho-oh. I’m sure you, as well as myself, will be heading to the cinema for a good reminisce. In selected theatres from the 5th November for a limited time. Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi On Tuesday 11th October; a…