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Top Boy: Inside the World Of Gang Life

To quote Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, comparisons are offensive, but the UK series Top Boy has often been compared to shows such as Snowfall, The Wire, Blue Story, Adulthood and many more that immerse themselves into the world of drugs, poverty and inequality which seems to be a common thread in producing shows.
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Cultural Confections: Marie Antoinette, Ladurée, and Pop Culture

In the world of cinema, certain films have a remarkable ability to transcend their narratives and become iconic cultural touchstones. Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film “Marie Antoinette” is one such cinematic masterpiece that tells the story of the infamous French queen and weaves together a visual tapestry that resonates deeply with contemporary pop culture. At the heart of this visually sumptuous film lies a confectionery connection that is as sweet as it is captivating – Ladurée macarons.
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Comedic Cinema of Paranoia, ‘All My Friends Hate Me

Writer and comedy duo Tom Palmer and Tom Stourton’s 2022 English arthouse comedy-drama All My Friends Hate Me was a theatrical endeavour that delivered subjective genres and was met with mixed responses. However, we can view cinema abstractly to broaden our perspectives and celebrate filmmakers’ artistry.
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From games to TV – New HBO adaptation of The ...

An analysis of the cultural impact of games and their transformation into conventional media outlets through the new HBO show “Last of Us” and its philosophy. This article will try to answer the question, “What can video games provide for us?”  Last of Us, as a video game, first came out to challenge our survival skills and moral decision-making. Coming out in 2013, the popular video game was adapted into an HBO series in 2023. While the show took some ...
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Love is Blind: Is love blind or is the audience ...

Love is Blind is a huge success on Netflix. However, the affirmation in the show’s name is at stake in what they call a social experiment. Making people fall in love through walls was the idea producers had to answer what humans have been seeking for centuries: is love truly blind?
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Top 10 Films of 2022

Leading up to the rush and excitement of awards season, we reflect upon the cinematic pieces of the past year that are (and at times, aren’t) being celebrated. To see heart, story, and culture make a strong appearance in a modern, media-based age shows that we are not constantly losing touch. The film has a way of remaining timeless in an ever-changing era, and 2022 can be said to have gone above this.
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A feminist analysis of HBO’s House of the Dragon

An analysis of the popular new TV show, House of the Dragon, through a feminist lens; discussing gender and violence, different sides of femininity and power. The phenomenon and predecessor to House of the Dragon that is Game of Thrones, had long established a legacy of presenting a dark and gritty portrayal of the fantasy genre. Its successor and prequel series, House of the Dragon, takes place nearly 200 years earlier, during the peak of the powerful House Targaryen.
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Elena Ferrante: The Lying Life of Adults

As many commentators have already noted, this story is peculiar within the oeuvre of Elena Ferrante, because her novels usually start with some kind of disappearance. This one, in fact, starts with an appearance. Vittoria was the long-forgotten aunt, known to be mean and envious of Giovanna’s father’s life–a life in which he was able to leave the Neapolitan slums of his origins behind. This abrupt appearance of Vittoria in Giovanna’s life changes everything. The girl, searching for comfort from ...
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EO – humanity through a donkey’s eyes

This article contains spoilers. What might the adventures of a donkey reveal? What might we learn about the typical life of a domesticated animal in a human-governed and altered world, about contemporary Europe and the harsh environments animals, and humans, are subjected to, about these very human and animal subjects that pass through the cutthroat system, and about the emotions that pass through them? Despite donkeys appearing as a topic befitting children, EO is not a children’s movie. It is ...