A new star child is born
Science fiction films, like any form of mainstream storytelling, typically hinge on humanity’s struggle against an antagonist, whether it’s an alien species, self conscious technology or earthbound asteroid. Powered by his ambition to deliver the most lifelike presentation of what it’s like begin in space, Alfonso Cuarón substitutes a tangible antagonist for a minimalist focus on the isolation, emptiness and natural dangers that occur within such an inhabitable space. It’s immediately clear that Cuarón’s daring enterprise is a rare breed, but this is only one of the elements that sets Gravity apart from the vast majority of others.
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Tiptoe through the tulips
During a sorry era where even dull, clichéd mainstream creations such as Paranormal Activity were being lauded, James Wan’s exceptional Insidious emerged as a timely reminder of the quality audiences should expect from a horror film. Wan’s bold horror was fully deserving of its critical and financial triumphs, but no amount of success could quell audiences’ fears when a sequel was announced. Unlike his Saw franchise, that grew weaker with every subsequent release, Wan returns to direct a terrifying follow up that lives up to the expectations of its predecessor.
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The nightmare lives again
With the aid of producers Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell, the director and star of the eighties classic, Fede Alvarez achieves a level of horror that was absent from the original film. While his remake is as chaotic, error-filled and clichéd as its predecessor, its flaws are the very same attributes fans adored about Raimi’s cult hit.
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Many consider a film’s title to be unimportant, trivial even, but the name has long been a key factor in a film’s success. In contemporary cinema the role of the marketer is as pivotal as ever and the title process is increasingly fundamental in a period where a movie’s name can be the difference between a hit and a flop.
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Telling the same story, but in a slightly different way.
The middle part of 2012 proved incredibly popular for the superhero genre as three monumental blockbusters dominated the summer releases. Whedon’s stunning culmination of Marvel’s most famous heroes in Avengers Assemble, the breathtaking conclusion to Nolan’s trilogy and even a new Spiderman film – each of these films, though focussed on different concepts, are all anchored to the same genre shift.
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Comic book adaptations are fast becoming the most popular genre in cinema with a plethora of blockbuster releases as well as franchise reboots being developed, such as Daredevil, Fantastic Four and Batman. While the studios are correcting previous mistakes there are a multitude of other fantastic comic book series that have been overlooked and deserve a similar big screen treatment. Here are five recommendations. Continue reading Five Contemporary Comic Book Series that Deserve Big Screen Treatment
With an increasing number of ways for anyone to express their opinions, the era of the non-professional reviewer has dawned.
Earlier in the year a new website emerged, Letterboxd.com. Never heard of it? That’s understandable, since from its March launch it has remained in a private, invitation-only beta testing status – meaning you need to know someone on the inside to get you in. However, while a sense of exclusivity surrounds its users, it recently became publicly available to view. The website offers a unique platform for those passionate about film to share their opinions in an online community. Its users range from industry professionals and aspiring writers to movie enthusiasts and critics. Having been a beta-tester for the past few months, this rapidly expanding and increasingly addictive film website is altering the shape of film criticism.
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