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20 Great Dracula Movies: Cinema that Sucks

Ever since making his feature film debut in the 1922 masterpiece, Nosferatu (admittedly under a different name), Count Dracula has been a staple character in the horror genre. By now, there have been literally hundreds of adaptations of Bram’s Stoker powerful Victorian novel, and the titular character has also had the added impact of popularising the…

By James Curnow
Abraham Lincoln

It’s True Because It Works: Historical Storytelling in Lincoln

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln (2012) may seem at first glance a straightforward historical film, narrating how President Abraham Lincoln ensured the liberation of the slaves at the end of the American Civil War. But closer examination of the characterisation of this great president, impeccably played by Daniel Day-Lewis, reveals a script that forces us to challenge…

By Andrew Knighton
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Hollywood and Societal Problems: Inflated, Created or Unrelated?

One day, film critic of tomorrow, you will be able to say you were there at the dawn of the #WOMTAY. But you will have to read until the final paragraph to know what that means. Ann Hornaday caused a bit of an internet stir with her column in Sunday’s Washington Post in which, among…

By Jonathan Eig
Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow: Resorting to Repetition

Let’s retire the genre of movies that repeat scenes or plotlines over and over again with slight variations. That’s right, Edge of Tomorrow (2014). You don’t get props from me. I blame Rashomon (1950) for this. It’s never been my favourite Kurosawa film – despite its vaunted status – owing to its repetition. And I…

By Simon Hardy Butler
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Unresolved Endings on Screen: The Art of the Lingering Question

In his book Cinema and Soviet Society, Russian scholar Peter Kenez notes this fascinating piece of artistic anthropology: In pre-revolutionary Russia, it was not uncommon for silent film directors to shoot two separate endings for a movie. A happy ending would be marketed specifically toward the USA and Western Europe, while at home in Russia,…

By Jonathan Eig
The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox: Moments that Shine

When the lights came on and the credits began to roll, my confused fellow filmgoers remained in their seats, blinking at the screen as if to ask “Wait, that’s ALL?” One by one, they shuffled from the theatre like dazed sleepwalkers, rudely jostled from their dreams of a perfect, Hollywood ending. Warning: spoilers for The…

By Dawn Oshiro
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Black-and-White Movies: Meditating on Monochrome

In the days before DVDs, when my sister and I were kids, our parents would often stage movie nights, a post-homework foray during which we’d all watch a film of their choice on VHS in their bedroom. On one such occasion – and much to our dismay – they picked North by Northwest (1959), leading…

By Simon Hardy Butler