African American Hollywood: The Erasure of African and African Diaspora Voices through Film

As it has recently been Black History Month, and being a fan of film myself, I’ve been looking back and watching some of the recent greats of Black cinema, some of the films that have reached global status as tentpole pieces of kino that highlight the experiences of Black people. Films such as Get Out, Judas and the Black Messiah, and Selma.

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REVIEW: The Batman

After Ben Affleck stepped aside both in front and behind the camera, director Matt Reeves was left with the great challenge of completely rebooting Batman for the third time in twenty years. He’s opted for a darker and more realistic interpretation – in line with his work on the new Planet of the Apes films.

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REVIEW: Scream (2022)

The ‘legacy sequel’ – the new studio toy that hinges on cashing in on the old. Last year we had a sequel to the reboot of Halloween, the second attempt at rebooting Ghostbusters in five years, and even a return to The Matrix. The key is introducing a set of new characters that are intrinsically linked and probably very similar to the originals in some way, with those original characters key to the plot themselves – a plot that will create a façade of freshness without ever straying too far from the comforting formula. It’s an unoriginal and cynical trend, but it’s a trend that will reliably produce superficial but inarguable enjoyment: look at the plot of Spider-Man: No Way Home – Marvel knew exactly what they were doing and look at how successful they’ve been.

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What the Flux? A Review of Doctor Who’s Highly Advertised Return

This Halloween, Doctor Who returned to our screens with its new series, simply titled ‘Flux’. The ambitious return introduced fans and casual viewers alike to new, as well as familiar faces – such as Weeping Angels and Sontarans. However, this author poses the question, how predictable will it be?

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Why haven’t you watched Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’ yet?

Bo Burnham’s Inside presents an inspirational, self-deprecating, and unfortunately realistic view of the society we have created. It subtly conjures a sense of urgency in its audience to speak out and to act. It’s incredible how this artist has created such an impactful message that people are actually reacting to.

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