Lucy (2014)

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: Luc Beeson Scarlett Johansson is now Hollywood's go to actress for the action/ thriller genre. She fits well into Marvel Comics "Avengers" world as The Black Widow and can still perform well in dramas. She'll be playing Zelda Fitzgerald in  2018's 'The Beautiful and the Damned' , a jazz age film set … Continue reading Lucy (2014)

Ways Your Mother Lied To You About Film

"Mum, the VHS of The Sound of Music is lost, I can watch The Terminator instead!" Yes, you can argue  the theme of family bonds and love are there. Romance is there, religion is evident and one can say the film preaches the nice warm hearty message of family love conquers all. We can live … Continue reading Ways Your Mother Lied To You About Film

Jacob’s Ladder (1990) A Psychological Thriller often overlooked – here’s why.

RATING: 4/5 This film was always on my list of films to see and review, the very fact that it was released twenty seven years ago doesn't damage its credibility. Tim Robbins pre The Shawshank Redemption plays the titular character Jacob Singer. He is a recently divorced Vitenam veteran living in New York, now living with … Continue reading Jacob’s Ladder (1990) A Psychological Thriller often overlooked – here’s why.

The Psychological Thriller Genre

The Silence of the Lambs, Rear Window, The Sixth Sense, Gone Girl, Misery, Se7en, Vertigo, and Jacob's Ladder can all sit with a Psychological Thriller tag on them. What makes them included in this genre? THEMES: Reality-  Characters are always trying to determine what is real from unreal. What is true? What is the lie? It … Continue reading The Psychological Thriller Genre

What Are Codes & Conventions In Film Media Theory?

In order to understand film genre and how to read film, the following language needs to be learnt regarding codes and conventions. So what is it? Codes and conventions.  What are codes and conventions in media and film? Codes are systems of signs, which create meaning. Codes can be divided into two categories – technical … Continue reading What Are Codes & Conventions In Film Media Theory?

Victim or Victor? The responsibility and its cost of knowing a P addict.

Methamphetamine aka P, crystal meth, ice, tina. A conversation I had was with a mother of a toddler who on occasion would highlight that she was a solo mother. I wanted to avoid the stereotype that she presented me but I fell in the trap and put her in a box. The woman is the … Continue reading Victim or Victor? The responsibility and its cost of knowing a P addict.

The Music Break: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Learning to Fly

RIP Tom Petty (Oct 20 1950-Oct 2 2017) When you think of  Tom Petty, "Free fallin" or "I won't back down" will come to mind. Learning to fly is a little lower on his greatest hits or any top 10 list you may find on the internet yet it's a classic purely for this verse. Well … Continue reading The Music Break: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Learning to Fly

The Two Minute Bio: Sir Richard Branson

"You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over." Richard Branson. Richard Branson was born in 1950, in Surrey, England. His father was a barrister and his mother a flight attendant. Richard Branson is known for Virgin Records, his entrepreneurship , his airline and now his Virgin Galactic … Continue reading The Two Minute Bio: Sir Richard Branson

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

RATING: 4/5 DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve I have to say when I first heard that a sequel was on the way for Ridley Scott's neo noir  Blade Runner, I felt slightly anxious thinking will Hollywood destroy a classic with an empty sequel? To answer that question, director Denis Villeneuve and his producers used the $150 million … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 (2017)