Neil Blomkamp’s Newest Sci-Fi Venture: Oats Studios

When Ridley Scott decided to take back the reins of his Alien franchise and helm Alien: Covenant, the news was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Although some were delighted to have the director of the original Continue reading “Neil Blomkamp’s Newest Sci-Fi Venture: Oats Studios”

10 Reasons Alien: Covenant Was Better Than The Original

10 reasons Alien: Covenant was better than Alien.

Did you recently see Alien: Covenant, the sequel to 2012 sci-fi hit Prometheus? Was it a laughable disappointment? Do you think everyone involved should hang their heads in shame? Boy, are you wrong!!! Alien: Covenant ‘brought terror back to the franchise’ and ‘was the sequel the fans deserve’. Scroll down for a run down of all the reasons Covenant was in fact better than the original.

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How Postmodernism Challenges Notions of Fantasy and The Real in Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s Arkham Asylum

‘But even then, I think I understood that mother had been born again, into that other world. A world of fathomless signs and portents. Of magic and terror. And mysterious symbols.’

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Game of Thrones: ‘Machiavelli meets magic’.

Niccolo Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat born in 1469. He is most famous for authoring The Prince which was published in 1532. From The Prince, the term ‘Machiavellian’ comes: a strategic term that requires one to separate morals from politics. The Prince is an instructional text on how to perpetuate power, although there are several interpretations Continue reading “Game of Thrones: ‘Machiavelli meets magic’.”

Alien: Covenant. Nothing new?

The latest trailer for Alien: Covenant has been released and seems to epitomise the ‘soft reboot’. A soft reboot is technically a sequel to an existing franchise, usually a successful one, that functions as a reboot without departing completely from the original timeline. It re-introduces a franchise to a new younger audience and establishes new main characters and story. At the same time it re-treads iconic moments for older fans. A soft reboot is the cinematic equivalent of having your cake and eating it by drawing from the original as much or as little as it likes. The most successful soft reboots have perhaps been Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.

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Determining the validity of a research project: Batman and his villains.

This was a 2nd year university project researching a possible 3rd year dissertation project.

Pilot Project
How Do Batman’s Villains Reflect Aspects of His Own Psyche?

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Red Hot Chili Peppers with Baby Metal at Manchester Arena 15th Dec 2016

On the 15th December 2016 I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Manchester Arena. They were absolutely fantastic, but it was probably for the last time.

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An essay on Special Effects in Cinema.

As admission prices escalated and the lire of television kept more and more people at home for their entertainment, motion pictures began to incorporate elements that television couldn’t provide. One was the special effect, which created visual spectacle on a grand scale and showed audiences things they had never seen before” (Boggs & Petrie, 2008: p158).
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Four Horror films in four weeks.

In four weeks I have seen four horror films at the cinema (five, if you include Fifty Shades of Black). They are, in viewing order: The Forest, The Other Side of the Door, The Witch and The Boy. 

          For all but The Witch, hopes were not high; mainly because contemporary horror just doesn’t seem to be doing anything interesting, with a small number of exceptions. Although, regardless of genre, I was not looking forward to any film carried by The Walking Dead’s Lori. Quiet… Quiet… Bang! is the formula for jump scares, which are the essence of nearly all modern horror movies e.g Unfriended, the Insidious, Sinister and Paranormal Activity franchises and basically everything else. Half of the films watched over the last four weeks follow this trend. Continue reading “Four Horror films in four weeks.”