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


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)

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?

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)

The Machinist (2004) I Just Want To Sleep

Insomnia (noun) inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness Its fair to say that most people have had insomnia due to change of seasons, the odd complaint on their mind but they haven't met Trevor Reznik (Bale) who hasn't slept in one whole year. It's hard to recognise Christian Bale because that's him with his gaunt face and thin body. I … Continue reading The Machinist (2004) I Just Want To Sleep

The Fisher King (1991) A Glimpse Into PTSD And Depression

RATING: 3/5 Mental illness must be a hard state of mind to live with and here in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" we see two characters deal with two forms of illness in contrasting ways. Bridges plays shockjock radio host Jack Lucas whose candid comments on-air to one caller leads to a restaurant shooting. Jack … Continue reading The Fisher King (1991) A Glimpse Into PTSD And Depression

The Founder (2017)

A friend told me to see The Founder the other day, so guess what? That's exactly what I did. A film about a down on his luck salesman who sells milkshake makers leaving his poor wife neglected at home. We know where this film is heading, he comes up with an inventive business idea, he … Continue reading The Founder (2017)

Nightcrawler (2014)

From one of the earliest scenes in the film we observe how Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) attains a analogue business watch and we understand straight away that Bloom is a driven individual yet he needs something to focus that drive and ambition to help him climb to success.  While driving on the highway he notices a … Continue reading Nightcrawler (2014)

Trainspotting (1996)

" Living like this is a full time business", Renton explains. Watching Trainspotting again twenty years on is fresh, vibrant, and humourous. It's jam packed with one liners, and explores the underground life of hard drugs in underground Scotland. I was recently talking to a fifty year old mother who watched this for the first … Continue reading Trainspotting (1996)

Sully (2016)

A film about a a plane taking a nosedive into the Hudson River, here the plane takes this film into the river as well. Nothing new was seen on screen, the likeable Tom Hanks doing what he does best - being Tom Hanks. The film traces the true story of a US Airlines flight taking … Continue reading Sully (2016)