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I watched the new Fantastic Beasts movie so you don’t ...

Warning: spoilers ahead. Proceed with caution.  Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore (2022, David Yates), the third and newest instalment of the Harry Potter franchise, premiered theatrically in April. The film was originally set to be released in November 2020 and has suffered continuous delays due to the COVID pandemic. Growing up, I have always been a hardcore Harry Potter fan, waiting eagerly for the new films – and books – to come out and falling in love with the ...
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Father, son, and House of Gucci

Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci premiered at the end of the last month in most theatres worldwide. Going into the cinema, I was beyond excited, and rightfully so: from the fast-paced official trailer and posters that seemed to pop up in front of every movie theatre, to the stellar cast that starred in it, including big names like Adam Driver, Al Pacino, and Jeremy Irons, the film appeared promising to say the least. To add to the intrigue, the film ...
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How Steven Spielberg brings West Side Story to the 21st ...

The long-awaited Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake has finally premiered in theatres at the end of 2020, almost two years after principal photography for the film ended. The film follows the plot of the original West Side Story film, which, in turn, is loosely based on the classical Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. It transfers the similar plot points of the famous star-crossed lovers’ tragedy in the context of the racial tensions and gang violence of 1960s New York ...
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How we are tolerating slavery in today’s world: Ava DuVernay’s ...

The 2016 American documentary 13th  by Ava DuVernay has received widespread critical acclaim and is still to this day one of the most relevant documentaries on Netflix. Throughout the documentary, director Ava DuVernay reflects on the history of racial inequality in the United States, highlighting that the prison system is flawed, with the majority of prisoners in the nation being disproportionately African-Americans. 
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A guide to understanding the Golden Globes controversy

The Golden Globes have been a prestigious and powerful award ceremony ever since its establishment in January 1944. However, this year’s awards have quietly passed in January without their usual glamour and star-filled red carpet. While most of the other award ceremonies are scheduled to go on, as usual, the Golden Globes’ 2022 ceremony did not happen at all.
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Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

With its arrival on Netflix, it certainly seems fitting to review what has been one of my favourite films from last year: Little Women by Greta Gerwig
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Bechdel Test: the struggle of female representation on screen

Growing up, I always looked to female characters on screen, to someone who looked like me. And even if it is true that women characters are present and featured in nearly the majority of films, that does not mean that it is a perfect representation. Looking at the characters on screen, I often felt like something was missing: as if they wouldn’t fully capture the complexities and nuances that I could see daily in the real women in my life.