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Stories take place within distinct worlds that have specific characteristics. This can involve a social or cultural way of doing things, a hierarchy or stratification of power — a mindset. In popular culture it’s referred to as ‘the system’, and protagonists often try to beat it to get justice, and to become themselves. In the...
Revenant (2015) begins with a set piece battle scene in which Native American Indians from the Arikara tribe attack American fur traders. The atmosphere is dark in every sense, wintry with impenetrable black shadows and muted colours; and a brutal battle melee. The rawness of the opening scene sets the tone for the whole film....
Directed by David Morris and Jacqui Morris, the 2012 documentary McCullin provides an insightful journey through Don McCullin’s war photography in various conflict zones. His matter-of-fact accounts and background information about individual images reveals amazing and truly horrific stories surrounding the decisive moment—how events impacted individual people. The documentary provides an intriguing behind the scenes...
‘Anton Corbijn Inside Out’
Klaartje Quirijns’ documentary Anton Corbijn Inside Out (2012) explores Corbijn’s impressive career as a music photographer alongside a personal insight into Anton Corbijn ‘the man’. We are taken through various photo shoots, back office tinkering, client meetings and, perhaps most poignantly, those quiet moments when he’s taking some downtime to reflect on his work and life....
The Psychopathic Character
The psychopathic character is relentless, always in pursuit, ruthlessly able to manipulate and deceive. When the charm fails he or she is willing to use intimidation and violence. These characters are callous and unable to feel empathy; they use the force of their will to enforce a selfish world view on others. They’re willing to...
‘Stranger Things’: Season 2
The hotly anticipated Stranger Things: Season 2 is back from the ‘Upside Down’ with more 1980s retro-malarkey, shocking haircuts, awkward nerds, creepy government research labs, orphan kids with paranormal powers, and the ever-present threat of a horrific monster popping up from nowhere. The highlight of Season 2 continues to be the familiar characters we met...