Laika Animation: Meditations on Alienation and Death… for Kids!

Laika Animation: Meditations on Alienation and Death… for Kids!

Laika, the stop-motion animation house behind ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ and ‘Missing Link’, have been tackling soft subjects in child friendly ways for a decade. Sam Sewell-Peterson takes a look at how they made death and alienation not only digestible but also relatable.

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A Clockwork Orange In Retrospect – Its Themes, Its Reception and Kubrick’s Directorial Masterclass

A Clockwork Orange In Retrospect – Its Themes, Its Reception and Kubrick’s Directorial Masterclass

‘A Clockwork Orange’, the controversial 1971 release from directorial master Stanley Kubrick, has been analysed by Lucas Hill-Paul regarding its themes, reception and delivery in this exclusive retrospective.

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From Final Girls to Kickass Women – What Modern Female Protagonists Have in Common with Ellen Ripley

From Final Girls to Kickass Women – What Modern Female Protagonists Have in Common with Ellen Ripley

“Ellen Ripley stands as one of the first pages torn out of a sexist and archaic rulebook.” From Final Girls to Kickass Women – What Modern Female Protagonists Have in Common with Ellen Ripley.

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The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t

The Fine Art of Black Comedy or Why It’s OK to Laugh When We Shouldn’t

Using three examples by filmmakers from three different continents, Sam Sewell-Peterson analyses the cathartic nature of Black Comedy in this special feature.

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Alien (1979) Retrospective Review

Alien (1979) Retrospective Review

Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ (1979) pairs “genuine, spine-tingling horror and thematic resonance” to create a classic of horror and sci-fi. Lucas Hill-Paul reviews…

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Birds of Passage (2018) Review

Birds of Passage (2018) Review

Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s ‘Birds of Passage’, a Colombian picture chronicling country’s Marijuana Bonanza, has “the literary feel of a modern classic”. Lucas Hill-Paul reviews.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018/19) Review

Marielle Heller’s ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ starring Oscar nominated Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant “should have been nominated for Best Picture”. Sam Sewell-Peterson’s review.

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