The Notebook (2004) “A Timeless Love Story”

Tearjerker: a film that tugs on heart strings making its audience emotionally involved in major characters and plot points. A film that gives you goosebumps and that warm feeling in your soul. The Notebook definitely has those qualities in this Nick Cassavetes  directed film.  It is set in 1940s America and  stars Ryan Gosling as Noah … Continue reading The Notebook (2004) “A Timeless Love Story”

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The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

DIRECTOR:  John Frankenheimer GUEST BLOGGER:  Vaughan  Tales of chaotic productions and catastrophic flops remain irresistible to film buffs, arguably more so than famous successes, and few films have illustrated this better than “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”. More than twenty years after its release the film continues to be a fixture of “Worst films of … Continue reading The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

I, Tonya (2018) A look at how the story is told.

DIRECTOR: Craig Gillespsie RATING: 3/5 Some people in the millennial age bracket won't have one clue who Tonya Harding is and her notoriety. If you fall in that age bracket then  buy the ticket and come back to this blog as there's a couple of spoilers below. This film takes you on a thrill ride of … Continue reading I, Tonya (2018) A look at how the story is told.

The Two Minute Bio: Stephen King

Stephen King is a 'New York Times'-bestselling novelist who made his name in the horror and fantasy genres with books like 'Carrie,' 'The Shining' and 'IT.' Much of his work has been adapted for film and TV. Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine … Continue reading The Two Minute Bio: Stephen King

The Terminator (1984) “Why It Still Works”

RATING: 4/5 DIRECTOR: James Cameron A robotic organism cyborg called a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) sent back in time to 1984 to terminate Sarah Connor (Hamilton) because what her future son means to the future world. A soldier named Reese (Biehn) sent back from the same world to protect Connor  from the Terminator while local Police try … Continue reading The Terminator (1984) “Why It Still Works”

The Two Minute Bio: Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, writer, comedian, actor, and painter. Taika Waititi was born in Wellington, New Zealand in August 1975. He was a member of the ensemble So You're a Man in college and was one half of the comedy duo The Humourbeasts. As an actor Waititi starred as Mostin in … Continue reading The Two Minute Bio: Taika Waititi

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?