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How Music Reframes the Violence in You Were Never Really Here - How the music composed by Jonny Greenwood for 'You Were Never Really Here' borrows from Aphex Twin to create a dialogue between character and narrative. Essay by Cole Clark.
10 Best Moments from the Jurassic Park Franchise - The very best moments from the Jurassic Park / Jurassic World franchise, as curated by Mark Carnochan.
How Every Element in the Final Sequence from ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Works To Create A Wonderfully Disturbing Finale - How Anthony Minghella's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' borrows from Hitchcock and Film Noir to create a phenomenal and tense final sequence. Analysis by Sophie Cook.
Ben Stiller Directed Movies Ranked - Known worldwide as a star on the screen, Ben Stiller has also made sizable contributions behind the scenes. In this edition of Ranked, Joseph Wade ranks his 6 directorial features from worst to best.
10 Films from the Past 10 Years To Teach You About White Privilege - A list of 10 films from the past 10 years that everyone can watch to educate themselves on racial inequality, systemic racism and white privilege. Article by Beth Sawdon.
5 British and Irish Films That Don’t ‘Bury Their Gays’  - LGBTQ+ characters in film are given disproportionately unhappy endings. We know it as "burying their gays". Here are 5 British and Irish films that you can watch without the fear of revisiting this trope. Article by Annice White.
Mark Herman Films Ranked - The movies of screenwriter-director Mark Herman ranked from worst to best. This ranked list includes Brassed Off and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, and was written by Joseph Wade.
Lost in Translation: Romance in a Blur - How Sofia Coppola crafted one of the most intimate and realistic depictions of romance in her boundary shattering 2003 film 'Lost In Translation'. Article by Sophia Mae Patfield.
Edgar Wright Movies Ranked - Edgar Wright's filmography is one of the most respected in mainstream cinema, his combination of Hollywood releases and British independents garnering a lot of attention. Christopher Connor ranks his work here.
Every Darren Aronofsky Directed Film Ranked - All 7 Darren Aronofsky movies ranked from worst to best. Read of the best and worst of one of American cinema's great modern filmmakers in this ranked article by Joseph Wade.
So Bad It’s Good: Romance in the Outfield: Double Play - "Comparing this movie to Hallmark is offensive to Hallmark - their films are basically 'Citizen Kane' compared to this." Jacob Davis on 'Romance In the Outfield: Double Play' and "knowing why a film doesn’t work is key to understanding why others do."
Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Films - 10 best Alfred Hitchcock movies, as chosen from the Master of Suspense's 50-plus releases, by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Disney Renaissance Movies Ranked - All 10 movies of the Walt Disney Animation renaissance period, from 'The Little Mermaid' to 'Tarzan' via 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'The Lion King' ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
A Manchester Legend Immortalised in Black and White: A Reflection on Control’s Portrayal of Ian Curtis - Forty years on from the premature death of one of the UK's great music artists, Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Leoni Horton analyses Anton Corbijn's 2007 biopic 'Control', a movie about the man and the city that helped make him.
Wuthering Heights Films Ranked - The 4 English language feature film adaptations of Emily Brontë’s "Wuthering Heights" ranked worst to best in terms of artistic merit, and critical/popular reception, by Annice White.
So Bad It’s Good: Pitching Love and Catching Faith - "Just forget that was motivation because nothing matters, everything withers and dies, this movie has sapped any meaning from life. Kiss or no kiss, that’s the only question." Jacob Davis on 'Pitching Love Catching Faith' (2015) for the So Bad It's Good series.
I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Jurassic Park for the First Time This Year - "Hi, my name is Annice and I have never seen Jurassic Park." How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing Steven Spielberg's dinosaur-sized blockbuster hit until nearly 30 years later.
Where to Start with Studio Ghibli - With over 20 feature film releases to date, where do you start with Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli? Sam Sewell-Peterson offers our ultimate Ghibli guide.
Star Wars Movies Ranked Worst to Best Star Wars Live-Action Movies Ranked - Star Wars movies ranked. All 11 live-action releases from the 'Star Wars' franchise, from 'A New Hope' to 'The Rise of Skywalker', 'Rogue One' to 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' ranked from worst to best.
Every Star Wars Lightsaber Fight Ranked - Every Lightsaber duel from the live-action 'Star Wars' movies ranked from worst to best, featuring Empire Strikes Back, The Phantom Menace and Rise of Skywalker. Article by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Back to the Future Movies Ranked - Which of the three 'Back to the Future' films, from Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, is the best? Find out in our Back to the Future edition of Ranked, as written by Annice White.
Real-Time: Examining How the Safdie Brothers Experiment with Naturalistic Cinema - Are Josh and Benny Safdie, The Safdie Brothers, the quiet revolutionaries of contemporary cinema? Leoni Horton examines their exploration of naturalistic filmmaking thus far, looking at the likes of 'Uncut Gems' and 'Good Time'.
Pirates of the Caribbean Movies Ranked - Johnny Depp excels as the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow for five 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer, ranked here from worst to best by Charlie Gardiner.
Superhero Bust: The Future of the Superhero Genre - Have we seen the pinnacle of the superhero movie mountain? Gillian MacLeod looks at the facts, analysing the genre in conjunction with a prominent film theory in this special superhero movie essay.
Jurassic Park / World Movies Ranked - Dinosaurs have never looked so good. The films of the Jurassic Park / Jurassic World franchise, from the likes of Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow, Ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
An American Werewolf In London – Unfinished Game-Changing Fun - Roger Ebert once described horror-comedy 'An American Werewolf in London' (1981), from director John Landis, as "unfinished". Sarah Williams looks at how this unfinished movie changed the game by making horror fun.
‘Green Street’ and Toxic Masculinity - Toxic masculinity and violence in 'Green Street' (2005) starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. How critique of the film seems to have missed the point, as written by George Forster.
Breaking Principles: Passive Characters in ‘Vivarium’ (2020) - How 'Vivarium' (2020) succeeds in frustrating some and enlightening others through its choice of presenting actively-passive characters against all usual writing principles. Essay by Kieran Judge.
High School Musical Trilogy Ranked - The three Disney Channel original movies that came to define many a millennial's tween years, and kick-start the careers of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, ranked from good to great by Emma Kershaw.
5 Great Comedies from the Past 5 Years That You Should Watch To Keep You Going - We all need a laugh, so here are five films from the past five years that are guaranteed to give you one (according to Joseph Wade, anyway).
Examining Controversial Depictions of Jesus Christ in Cinema - As one of history's most influential figures, depictions of Jesus Christ have caused controversy and discord since the days of the early church, and the same goes for cinema. In this piece Katie Doyle examines cinema's most provocative interpretations of the Easter Story.
Quentin Tarantino Movies Ranked - All 10 Quentin Tarantino movies from 'Reservoir Dogs' to 'Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood', via the likes of 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill' ranked worst to best by Beth Sawdon.
Are Musicals Cinema’s Next Big Trend? - With the future of the film industry uncertain, people are turning to the ultimate form of escapism: the movie musical. Could the often suppressed genre be cinema's next big trend? Charlie Gardiner explores.
Windows Into Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ - Bong Joon-ho's Best Picture Oscar winning feature 'Parasite' (2019/2020) makes spectacular use of windows to establish and reinforce themes. Sam Sewell-Peterson explores in this 'Parasite' essay.
Best Worst Twilight Films Twilight Movies Ranked - The Twilight Saga movies ranked from worst to best. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner star in the film adaptations of Stephenie Meyer's work, ranked here by Leoni Horton.
Plot Reveals vs Plot Twists – When They Work and When They Don’t - When plot twists work and when they don't. Kieran Judge explores one of cinema's most controversial, discussion stirring narrative elements, ruminating on some of the form's best and most famous examples.
The Identity Crisis of Hong Kong Cinema - How the films of the likes of John Woo and Wong Kar-wai have illustrated the identity crisis and cultural anxieties of Hong Kong during the state's rich history of cinema.
“So Bad It’s Good” Revival - What does it mean when a film is "so bad it's good"? Jacob Davis explains in his resurrection of our beloved series So Bad It's Good.
100 Years of ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ – Is It Still Significant? - Famed German Expressionism horror-thriller 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' turns 100 years old in 2020, but is it still relevant? Jacob Davis explores Germany's first massively popular German export here.
No, You Are: Deconstructing Dinesh D’Souza’s Interview with Richard Spencer - Dinesh D'Souza and Richard Spencer walk into a sit-down interview on right wing American politics. Jacob Davis deconstructs 'The Death of A Nation' here.
A Brief History of the Director’s Cut - From the Ridley Scott's Director's Cut of 'Blade Runner' to Peter Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' extended editions and right through to the Snyder Cut of 'Justice League' - the history of the director's cut as presented by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Birds of Prey Riot Grrrls How Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’ Reawakens the Ethos of the Riot Grrrl - ‘That girl thinks she’s the Queen of the neighbourhood, I got news for you, she is!’ - How Cathy Yan's 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' embraces the Riot Grrrl ethos in its fresh attempts to validate female anger. Article by Leoni Horton.
10 Best Wrestlers Turned Actors - Which professional wrestlers have made the best transition into acting? Joseph Wade counts down the top 10 here.
Leonardo DiCaprio Shutter Island 10 Years of Shutter Island – Flawless Directorial Command and Mental Health Examination - Released 10 years ago (2010), Martin Scorsese's 'Shutter Island' has taken on a life of its own to remain a relevant and enticing masterpiece from one of cinema's greatest. Beth Sawdon explores...
The Streaming Romance: Reception and Perception in Modern Moviestaying - Jacob Davis looks at 5 Netflix rom-coms with noticeable disparities between their critic and audience scores to decipher why those disparities exist and hopefully lend a helping hand on which one/s to watch.
Bong Joon Ho Movies Bong Joon-ho Films Ranked - Bong Joon-ho made history by winning 4 Academy Awards at the 2020 Oscars, but is his Best Picture winner 'Parasite' his best film? Find out in this Director Bong special edition of Ranked.
Why Parasite’s Oscars Dominance Matters - 'Parasite winning, and winning so big, shows that maybe barriers are being broken down'. Jacob Davis on why 'Parasite' winning big at the Oscars 2020 matters.
The Animation Race 2020 - Which films are nominated in the Animated Feature category at the 2020 Oscars and which one is most likely to win? Find out in The Animation Race 2020 by Rebecca Seghini.
The Alternative Oscars – Selecting 2020’s Best Non-Nominees - Who would be nominated in each of the major categories at the 2020 Oscars if the current nominees were ineligible?
Best Picture Nominees 2020 2020 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - The 9 nominees for the 2020 Oscar for Best Picture ranked from worst to best, by Joseph Wade.
From ‘Foreign Language’ To ‘International Feature’: Why A Change In Name Isn’t Enough - The Oscars have renamed their 'Best Foreign Language Film' category 'Best International Feature Film' in the name of inclusivity - but, as Sophie Butcher discusses, this alone is not enough to improve recognition for world cinema.
If The Oscars Had A “Most Extraordinary Overall Output” Acting Award - Which 5 actors would be deserved to be nominated if The Oscars judged actors on their overall output from the past year?
Frozen 2 Original Song Oscars Could ‘Frozen II’ Win Best Original Song? – Oscars 2020 - "in the final “Into the unknown” in the chorus, [Elsa] goes so far past the safe notes, way into the enchanted forest. Here the chorus acts as a microcosm for the whole narrative." - Sophie Cook on why "Into the Uknown" should win Best Original Song at the 2020 Oscars.
In Defence of The Academy – A Sarcastic Address of the Controversy Surrounding The Oscars - For close to a century, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been a pillar of open-mindedness and has set benchmarks for inclusion. This article celebrates their otherworldly knowledge and passion that totally isn't bought or the source of controversy.
1917 Is Not Nationalistic - Is '1917' inherently nationalistic? The multi-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globes winner has come under fire from certain sections of the press, but Jacob Davis disagrees with the consensus. Full feature/essay here.
‘Joker’ Vs ‘Us’: Their Significance, Similarities – And Why Is One Missing From The Oscar Nominations? - The Oscar nominations for 2020 are out, and Sophie Butcher has a question - why has 'Joker' received so much recognition, and 'Us' none at all, despite their similarities? Click here to read in full.
Ravished by Romance – Before Sunrise’s Antithetical Approach to Love - After a quarter of a century on the big screen, why does Richard Linklater's seminal romantic piece 'Before Sunrise' still resonate with audiences? Joseph Wade explores.
5 Best Movie Character Introductions Pagan Carruthers’ 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - 5 (more) of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History as chosen by Pagan Carruthers. Which Saoirse Ronan role/s made the list? Find out here.
Baz Luhrmann Movies Baz Luhrmann’s Iconic Postmodern Trilogy: An Exploration - Baz Luhrmann exercises postmodernism in his work through his instantly recognisable work in adaptation and reimagining, including in his three most iconic pieces, a postmodern trilogy explored by Sophie Cook.
Annice White’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - With entries from the likes of 'The Dark Knight' and 'The Full Monty', here are Annice White's 5 of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History.
Best Films 2010-2019 100 Greatest Films of the 2010s - The Film Magazine's selections of the 100 Greatest Films of the 2010s, a decade in which some of the most important work the art form has ever seen has been produced.
Best Movies 2019 CInema 10 Best Films 2019: Jason Lithgo - The 10 best films of 2019 according to Jason Lithgo. Could one of the box office's billion-dollar hits break the top 10? Find out here.
Directors of the 2010s 10 Directors with 3 or More Great Films from the 2010s - 10 of the most impressively prolific directors of the 2010s, listed in alphabetical order by Sam Sewell-Peterson. If you watch the work of 10 filmmakers from this past decade, these should be the ones.
Top 10 Films 2019 10 Best Films 2019: Joseph Wade - 2019 has been a year in which some of the most influential auteurs have released films, blockbusters have taken on a new significance and some stagnant genres have been reignited, but what are the 10 best films of 2019? Joseph Wade selects, here.
Best Movies 2019 List 10 Best Films 2019: Jacob Davis - The 10 Best Films of 2019, as selected by The Film Magazine's Jacob Davis based on wide North American release dates.
Superhero Films 2019 Ranked 2019 Superhero Movies Ranked - 2019 has been a bumper year for superhero films with 9 releases from 6 studios, including 4 billion dollar box office hits, but which are the best and worst of the year? Joseph Wade ranks them here.
Kermit Tiny Tim Muppet Christmas Carol Why ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ Has Become Hard To Watch - Why 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' Has Become Hard To Watch in the contemporary landscape of inequality according to Annice White.
Bruce Willis Die Hard I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Die Hard for the First Time This Year - "Hi, my name is Annice and I've never seen Die Hard." How a 90s kid somehow missed out on seeing John McClane fight Hans Gruber in the questionably Christmas movie 'Die Hard' (1988).
Jeremy Corbyn Boris Johnson Politics 5 Christmas Movies Rewritten According to Brexit and UK Politics - As the UK enters another General Election, Katie Doyle rewrites five Christmas classics of cinema to fit the modern political discourse in this entertaining piece.
Le Mans 66 Racing Movie What ‘Le Mans 66’ Gets Right That Other Motorsport Films Did Not - Does 'Ford v Ferrari' manage to satisfy racing fans as it seems to be pleasing filmgoers? Dan Mason analyses in this special feature.
George Lucas Best Worst Film George Lucas Directed Movies Ranked - George Lucas films ranked - the films directed by 'Star Wars' creator George Lucas ranked from worst to best, including the Star Wars prequels.
Guillermo Del Toro Films Guillermo Del Toro Movies Ranked - All 10 of Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Toro's career ranked from worst to best, including the likes of 'Pan's Labyrinth', 'Hellboy' and 'The Shape of Water', by Beth Sawdon.
Ever7 Hunger Game Film Ranked The Hunger Games Movies Ranked - The Hunger Games movies were a success at both the box office and with critics. But which is the best of the franchise? Sophie Butcher ranks the films that propelled Jennifer Lawrence's rise to stardom...
Every Harry Potter Movie Harry Potter Movies Ranked - Which 'Harry Potter' movie is the best? And which is the worst? Take a read of Beth Sawdon's Harry Potter Movies Ranked to find out.
Audrey Hepburn Best Movies Audrey Hepburn’s 3 Career Defining Performances - She has gone down in history as one of the most iconic actresses of all time and a timeless fashion icon, but what are Audrey Hepburn's career defining performances?
Best Star Wars Directors Star Wars Movie Directors Ranked - Which of the live-action 'Star Wars' movie directors has had the best career? Find out in our Star Wars Directors Ranked article from Joseph Wade.
Moustachioed movies 10 Magnificent Moustaches at the Movies - In support of Movember, Sam Sewell-Peterson has counted down 10 of the most magnificent moustaches in cinema history.
Every Mission Impossible Movie Mission: Impossible Movies Ranked - Every Mission: Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise, from the Brian De Palma film to Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
Every Sony Pictures Animation Film Sony Pictures Animation Movies Ranked - From their first release 'Open Season' to 'The Angry Birds Movie 2', 'Surf's Up' to 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse', here are Sony Pictures Animation Movies Ranked (from worst to best).
Scariest Horror Movie Objects Possessed By My Possessions: The Scariest Cursed Objects In Horror - Separating the wheat from the chaff so you don’t have to. From 'Drag Me To Hell' to Annabelle in 'The Conjuring', we find the scariest cursed objects in horror films.
Hitchock on set of Marnie Shot For Shot: Safe-Theft Scene in Hitchcock’s ‘Marnie’ (1964) - Over half a century later, Hitchcock's movies still have us on the edge of our seats. But why? Kieran Judge breaks down how he masterfully manipulates his audience in a shot-by-shot analysis of a scene from 'Marnie' (1964).
Sweeney Todd Movie Songs Every ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ Song Ranked - Every song from Tim Burton's 'Sweeney Todd' (2007) starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter ranked from worst to best by Sophie Grant.
Becca Seghini Character Intros Featured Image Rebecca Seghini’s 5 More of the Best Character introductions In Movie History - Rebecca Seghini chooses 5 (more) of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History in the latest entry to our writing team's "Best Character Intros" series. In this piece... three non-human characters and a fashion icon.
The Jedi and The Force Analyzing ‘Star Wars’ Lore: The Jedi - The history, development and contradictions in Jedi lore in the 'Star Wars' franchise. Article by Jacob Davis.
A24 Horror Influence A24 Horror: Success, Religion and Difference in Modern American Cinema - How A24 have managed to tap into the zeitgeist with recent releases 'The Witch' and 'Hereditary' to offer horrors that do more than make you jump out of your skin. Article by Beth Sawdon.
Top 10 Zombie Movies - We all love a good Zombie story, but which are the best ones ever put to the big screen? Beth Sawdon has curated our list of Top 10 Zombie Movies, here.
Bad Halloween Horror Movies List Your Holiday Guide to Bad Halloween Movies - In a genre that has thrown out its fair share of stinkers, Jacob Davis outlines 12 particularly bad horror movies to avoid watching... ever.
Katie Doyle Best Character Intros Katie Doyle’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - 5 (more) of the best character introductions in movie history as chosen by The Film Magazine's Katie Doyle. This list includes an unlikely Muppets movie character and a few stone cold classics.
Jokers Ranked Batman Movies Live-Action Jokers Ranked - Every live-action incarnation of The Joker - as played by Cesaro Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto & Joaquin Phoenix - ranked from worst to best.
Joker 2019 Analysis Joker: Incels, Violence, the Alt-Right – Tackling the Discourse Around 2019’s Most Controversial Movie - Jacob Davis tackles the hysteria surrounding Todd Phillips' 'Joker' (2019), breaking down the discourse forged by the opinions of high-ranking journalists in an attempt to get to the bottom of the controversy.
Nightmare Elm Street Movies Ranked Nightmare on Elm Street Films Ranked - All 9 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' movies, from the original in 1984 to the remake in 2010 and including 'Freddy vs Jason', Ranked from worst to best by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Best Horror Films 2010s 10 Best Horror Movies of the 2010s - The best horror movie of each year 2010-2019 listed in this article: 10 Best Horror Movies of the 2010s. Written by Jacob Davis.
Best Movie Character Introductions Sam Sewell-Peterson’s 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - Sam Sewell-Peterson selects 5 of the best character introductions in movie history, including characters played by the likes of Nicolas Cage and Javier Bardem.
Star Wars Lore 21st Century Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions: Expectations of Star Wars Lore in the 21st Century - How expectations regarding 'Star Wars' lore have been cultivated and why it isn't the end of the world that you don't know anything about Snoke.
Danny Boyle Best Movies Danny Boyle Films Ranked - Celebrating 25 years as a director in 2019, Danny Boyle has made movie classics and film award winners. Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, Yesterday and more, ranked.
Best Character Introductions Featured Image 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - From The Dude in 'The Big Lebowski' to Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather' - 5 More of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History from Jacob Davis.
Every Spider-Man Movie Ranked 2019 Spider-Man Movies Ranked - Each feature-length, theatrically released Spider-Man movie, from 'Spider-Man' (2002) to 'Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), ranked from worst to best by Joseph Wade.
Darth Vader Hallway Scene Analysis The Scariest Scene of the 2010s – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Despite the resurgence of horror in the 2010s, the scariest scene of the decade came from a 'Star Wars' movie? Kieran Judge explores how Darth Vader has never been more terrifying than in 'Rogue One'.
Wizard of Oz 1939 The Wizard of Oz – 80 Years of Social Relevance - The impact of 'The Wizard of Oz', its context to politics at the time and the profound effect it had during the 2nd world war examined in the year of its 80th anniversary by Beth Sawdon.
Stand Your Ground Movie A Textual Critique of ‘Stand Your Ground’ - 2014 Michael McClendon movie 'Stand Your Ground' sides you with the assailant in a "based on true events" story of a real-life murder trial from the perspective of the perpetrator's mother. Jacob Davis explores its problematic stance.
Star Wars Movies 12 Lightsaber Designs Star Wars Should Employ - It's like a catalogue, but instead of shopping for household goods or clothing, you're shopping for Lightsabers...
Best and Worst Tim Burton Films Tim Burton Movies Ranked - All 19 of the films directed by iconic filmmaker Tim Burton ranked from worst to best, including 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory', 'Sweeney Todd', 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Beetlejuice'.
Best Movie Character Introductions 5 of the Best Character Introductions in Movie History - A great character always has a sensational introduction. Ioanna Micha guides us through 5 of the very best in movie history in this exclusive feature.
UK Box Office Results 2019 Top 10 UK Box Office Movies of 2019 (So Far) - Which of this year's spate of high budget, massively popular releases have broken into the UK's top 10 box office hits of 2019? Josh Greally of Big Picture Film Club takes a look.
The Art of the Social Media Thriller; Narcissism, Paranoia and Tools for Good or Ill - "Technological paranoia has always been great fuel for exciting films and filmmaking." Sam Sewell-Peterson takes us through 4 of the best examples from the recent trend of Social Media Thrillers.
Jake Gyllenhaal Spider-Man Far From Home – Throwing Shade at the Superhero Factory - "Compelling character first, crash-bang-wallop second", the compelling subtext of 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' (2019), by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
The Happy Science Filmography Ranked - The movies of Happy Science, a New Age religious movement, Ranked (from worst to best) in terms of their entertainment value, by Jacob Davis.
EDITH is problematic in MCU Far from Home – E.D.I.T.H. and the Morality of the MCU - Spider-Man: Far from Home introduces a problematic new piece of technology that illustrates a genre shift in politics that Jacob Davis explores, here.
Rocketman Beth Sawdon Movie Rocketman – Analysis of the Movie, the Biopic, the Musical - With Dexter Fletcher’s new biographical drama, we catch a glimpse of Elton John’s rock n' roll lifestyle. Beth Sawdon explores this in her special feature on 'Rocketman' (2019).
Tarantino Basterds Analysis It Just Might be His Masterpiece: Revisiting Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ Ten Years Later - Will Quentin Tarantino ever top 'Pulp Fiction'? Maybe he already has. Samuel Sybert breaks down the artistry behind the iconic director's 'Inglourious Basterds'.
Lauren Oppelt Interview “I’m A Weirdo Builder” – Costume Designer Lauren Oppelt In Conversation - Lauren Oppelt, a costume designer who recently worked on 'Greener Grass' (2019) from Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, has been interviewed by Jacob Davis.
Top 10 Cannes 2019 10 Most Exciting Movies Coming Out of Cannes 2019 - The 10 movies coming out of Cannes 2019 that you should look out for in cinemas in the coming year.
Hobbit Lord of the Rings Ranked The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movies Ranked - Each of Peter Jackson's 6 J.R.R. Tolkien adaptations, from both the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movie trilogies, ranked from worst to best by Esther Doyle.
4 of the Most Depressing Disney Movie Moments - Steamboat your willies and bibbity bobbity brace yourselves, as The Film Magazine counts down the most depressing Disney movie moments.
Profound Star Wars Moments 5 Most Profound Scenes in Star Wars (1977) - 5 profound moments from 'Star Wars' (1977) that helped to evolve George Lucas' sci-fi epic into one of the biggest franchises of all time.
Laika Films Ranked Image Laika Animated Movies Ranked - Laika have been producing unique and interesting visions through animation for over 10 years. Sam Sewell-Peterson ranks each of their 5 releases, from 'Coraline' to 'Missing Link', from worst to best.
A Textual Analysis of ‘John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ - An analysis of the use of colour and the narrative progression on offer in 'John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum' by Jacob Davis.
Best Worst Batman Movies Live-Action Batman Movies Ranked - Every live-action Batman movie, from directors like Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, starring the likes of Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, ranked (from worst to best).
Clownado Trailer Review Clownado (2019) Trailer Review - Nope, not a tornado... a CLOWNADO. Jacob Davis reviews the trailer for 2019 horror b-movie 'Clownado', starring a tornado of clowns.
10 Best Nicolas Cage Moments Top 10 Times Nicolas Cage Went Full Cage - A performer so unique he's had much of his work become famous memes, Nicolas Cage has gone "full cage" so many times. Here are the top 10 (as presented by Craig Sheldon).
So Long Captain Steve Rogers A Tip of the Cap: Saying “So Long” to Steve - Jacob Davis says "so long" to Captain America Steve Rogers in a spoiler-filled piece on the famed hero's on-screen journey.
Best Movie Batman Live-Action Batmen Ranked - Which live-action portrayal of the famous caped crusader Batman is the best and which is the worst? Find out in our Batman edition of Ranked.
Best Ever Wrestling Movies Top 10 Wrestling Movies - Take a look at our selection of the top 10 movies about professional wrestling, from documentary to drama, here.
Best RomCom Casts Ever Top 10 Contemporary Rom-Com Ensembles - Which rom-coms can boast the best ensemble casts in contemporary cinema? Take a look back in time and through many an era for these, the Top 10 Contemporary Rom-Com Ensembles.
Tom Hiddleston Loki Character Loki: The Development of One of Marvel’s Greatest Villains - He became one of the most iconic superhero villains of all time. In this feature, Francesca Militello charts Loki's development from prince to villain to brother between 'Thor' and 'Infinity War'.
What’s The Deal With ‘New Mutants’? - A trailer for the X-Men spin-off 'New Mutants' debuted in late 2017, so where is it? Jacob Davis takes a look at a film long-gestating under the Fox banner ahead of Disney's purchase of the company in 2019.
Fantastic Four Origin Analysis Fourigin: A Series of Fantastic Flops - The rights to the Fantastic Four have reverted to Marvel, but what are the lessons they can learn from the other three attempted franchise starters? Jacob Davis takes a look at the "series of fantastic flops" here.
Best Brie Larson Movies Top 10 Brie Larson Performances - Beth Sawdon takes a look at the filmography of Brie Larson and her journey to becoming the most famous female in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
MCU Ideas After 2019 MCU: 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years - We're entering a phase of uncertainty with the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Endgame and the launch of Disney Plus. Jacob Davis presents his 10 ideas for the next 10 years at Marvel Studios.
Becket A Man for All Seasons Religious Movies Katie Doyle’s ‘Movies I Had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With’ Part 4: Becket/A Man For All Seasons - In Part 4 of her series 'Movies I Had a Religious/Spiritual Experience With', Katie Doyle uncovers what it means to be an English Catholic through 'Becket' (1964) and 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966).
Laika LLC Animation Films 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.
A Clockwork Orange Retrospective 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.
10 Best Video Game Movies Top 10 Video Game Movie Adaptations - The history of video-game-to-movie adaptations has been far from kind to us, but Craig Sheldon has done his best to compile a list of the 10 best thus far.
Ellen Ripley Aliens Feminism 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.
Black Comedy in Film 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.
Angelina Jolie Alicia Vikander Lara Croft The Legacy of ‘Tomb Raider’ and Its Impact On Video Game Cinema - 21st century Hollywood's biggest attempt at a video-game-to-movie franchise, Tomb Raider, has left an enduring legacy. Craig Sheldon explores in this special feature.
Muppet Movies Best to Worst The Muppets Movies Ranked - All 8 'The Muppets' movies released theatrically have been ranked from worst to best by our Muppets aficionado Katie Doyle.
Designing Nightmares: H.R. Giger and ‘Alien’ - When you think of 'Alien', you think of Ridley Scott and the Xenomorph, but the man behind the disturbing visuals is H.R. Giger, the artist profiled by Kieran Judge in this article.
Wandering Earth Significance China The Success and Significance of The Wandering Earth - 'The Wandering Earth' has broken all sorts of records in China and at the worldwide box office. Joseph Wade tackles the significance of this success and why it is successful in this special feature.
LeBron James Space Jam 10 Potential Space Jam 2 Co-Stars for LeBron James - Who could star opposite LeBron James in 'Space Jam 2'? Jacob Davis picks 10 potentially perfect choices from the NBA and NCAA in this top 10 list.
Brie Larson Captain Marvel From Captive Maiden to Captain Marvel – The Rise of the Female Action Hero - Captain Marvel is Marvel Studios' first female superhero movie lead, but it has been a long time coming. Craig Sheldon chronicles the development of female action heroes in Hollywood film.
Green Book Best Picture Green Book’s Win Says More About the Academy Than Society - "A Green Book Oscars win is the cinematic equivalent of burying one’s head in the sand" writes Jacob Davis of its Oscars 2019 Best Picture win in this special opinion piece.
2019 Oscars Best Picture 2019 Oscars Best Picture Nominees Ranked - All 8 of the 2019 Oscars Best Picture nominees, from A Star Is Born to Vice, BlackKklansman to Black Panther, RANKED (from worst to best) by Joseph Wade.
The Animation Race 2019 - The five nominees for the 2019 Oscar for Animated Feature are summarised and analysed by Rebecca Seghini in this, the Animation Race 2019.
2019 Oscar Snubs The Five Most Idiotic Oscar Snubs 2019 - The Oscars seem to have got a lot wrong in 2019, from hosts to broadcasting. In this list, we celebrate 5 of their most overlooked in this: the 5 most idiotic Oscar snubs 2019.
Green Book’s Verdant Views on Race Allow Inherent Contradiction - Jacob Davis goes to task on one of this Oscars season's most divisive and controversial films, questioning the morals and ethics of Peter Farrelly's 'Green Book'.
Oscars 2019 For Your Consideration Oscars 2019: What Should Have Been Nominated? - In this special series, The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade offers his suggestions for what should have been nominated in the 2019 Oscars biggest categories.
TFM Loves Cinema I Love You, Cinema – The Film Magazine Team Write Love Letters to the Movies - Members of the TFM team curated love letters to cinema in celebration of St. Valentine's Day. Read about why Elizabeth, Craig, Beth, Annice and Joseph love film in this special collection of love letters.
Neve Campbell in Scream “Where My Love of Cinema Began” – ‘Scream’ and the Awakening of Kieran Judge as Film Aficionado - How Wes Craven's 'Scream' awoke the film aficionado in staff writer Kieran Judge. Read his Valentine's Day inspired special journey through his love for cinema, here.
Jacob vs. Jacob: Does Black Panther Deserve a Best Picture Nomination? - In his latest feature, Jacob Davis struggles with the inner conflict of whether Black Panther is deserving of a Best Picture nomination.
Cinema’s Biggest F**kbois - So you thought men in the movies were something to dream of? Think again! Annice White has outlined what to look out for when trying to spot a cinema f**kboi.
How Bad Is The Happytime Murders? - On the back of the announcement of this years Razzie Nominations, Jacob Davis takes a look at just how bad is The Happytime Murders?
AMC, What Happened to the Guy Throwing His Popcorn? - In his letter to AMC theatres, Jacob Davis questions what happened to the guy who throws his popcorn over himself?
Best American Football Movies 5 American Football Films To Get You In the Mood for Super Bowl LIII - With the world ready for this year's Superbowl, Craig Sheldon counts down the top 5 Football (American Football) movies of all time.
The Trump Prophecy Movie The Trump Prophecy: A Bigly Boorish Bore - A movie about a regular man turned prophet of God, 'The Trump Prophecy' has been broken down by Jacob Davis through an in-depth analysis of its shortcomings in this enlightening piece.
Adam McKay Vice Movie A Millennial’s Take on Vice - Approaching Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic 'Vice' from the perspective of someone too young to remember Cheney properly is Jacob Davis.
Aquaman DCEU Rescue Why Aquaman Can Save the Drowning DCEU - How 'Aquaman' (2018) set the stage for a new era in the DCEU and provided fans with lots of reasons to be positive according to Jacob Davis.
The 100 Film Challenge - Make 2019 your year of cinematic enlightenment with The Film Magazine's 100 Film Challenge 2019.
Jason Lithgo’s 10 Best Films 2018 - The 10 best films of 2018 according to The Film Magazine author Jason Lithgo.
10 Best Films 2018 – The Editor’s Selections - The best films released in the year 2018 according to The Film Magazine editor Joseph Wade.
Worst Film of 2018 Slender Man is the Worst Film of 2018 - Jacob Davis outlines how 'Slender Man' went beyond being in poor taste to actually be an almost indecipherable mess of a film and the worst of 2018.
20 The Film Magazine Articles to Read from 2018 - 20 of the absolute best The Film Magazine articles released in 2018 from our selection of 20 writers.
Most Popular Articles 10 Most Popular The Film Magazine Articles 2018 - Take a look at our 10 most popular film articles of 2018 in this special top 10 list.
Best Superhero Film 2018 2018 Superhero Movies Ranked - From Aquaman to Spider-Man, Black Panther to Infinity War, 2018 has been quite the year for superhero movies. Joseph Wade ranks each of them here.
Why The Princess Switch Is the Perfect Christmas Movie - 'The Princess Switch' starring Vanessa Hudgens and available on Netflix is "every movie you have ever loved, all rolled into one"; "the perfect Christmas movie" according to Annice White.
Bad Christmas Movies Your Holiday Guide to Bad Christmas Movies - 10 films straight out of the would-be bargain bin and available to stream this Christmas, as presented by Jacob Davis. "So bad it's good" doesn't quite cover it.
Hong-Jin Na Director Director Spotlight: Na Hong-Jin - South Korean director Na Hong-Jin has developed a recognisable style throughout his three releases to date, something Kieran Judge dissects and celebrates in this Director Spotlight.
Greatest Showman Darcy Rae The Worst Show – A Historian’s Account of The Greatest Showman’s Problematic Retelling of History - "It’s not hard in this day and age to get your facts right and do some research." - a historian's account of The Greatest Showman's problematic retelling of history (by Darcy Rae).
Far from Typical Love “Shut Up and Deal” – How ‘The Apartment’ is Far From a Typical Christmas Love Story - With "sex, adultery and even suicide", Billy Wilder's 1960 comedy/drama 'The Apartment' is far from your typical Christmas love story. Craig Sheldon explores in this retrospective look at the all time classic.
Home Alone 1-5 Home Alone Movies Ranked - All 5 'Home Alone' Movies from the original in 1990 to the 2012 release 'The Holiday Heist' ranked from worst to best. "Keep the change ya filthy animal."
Millennial Home Alone Commentary I’m a 90s Kid and I Watched Home Alone for the First Time This Year - A 90s kid who's never seen 'Home Alone'? You've got to be kidding! Annice White watched it for the first time in 2018, here are her thoughts.
Elizabeth Howlett Christmas What Happens When You Spend A Week Watching Christmas 24? - Will watching made-for-TV Christmas movies on Christmas 24 for an entire week prove to be a much needed festive injection, or will it unleash unholy Christmas fury?
20 Best Winter Movies 20 Vintage Movies to Warm Your Heart in the Winter Months - Grab yourself a hot chocolate, lean back into your most comfortable chair, put your feet up and indulge in these 20 vintage movie to warm you up this winter. As presented by Beth Sawdon.
Abel Gance's Napoleon An Introduction to the Cinematography in Abel Gance’s ‘Napoleon’ (1927) - An introduction to the cinematography of the hugely influential French filmmaker Abel Gance via his epic genre classic 'Napoleon' (1927), by Francesca Militello.
Blue Sky Studios Animated Movies Ranked Worst to Best The Film Magazine Blue Sky Studios Animated Movies Ranked - Every feature animated film release from Blue Sky Studios - the people behind 'Ice Age', 'Ferdinand' and 'Rio' - have been ranked from worst to best.
Objectivism Movie Essay The Man of Rearden Steel: Objectivism in Contemporary Cinema - Ayn Rand's Objectivism isn't only potent in 'Batman v Superman' but an unfortunate philosophy of film in general, according to Jacob Davis.
Hymn of Hate Matt Kennard “Evil Isn’t Always in the Opposing Uniform” – Filmmaker Matt Kennard on His WWI Centenary Short Film ‘Hymn of Hate’ and Its Contemporary Relevance - We interviewed filmmaker Matt Kennard to discuss what inspired his WWI centenary short film 'Hymn of Hate', the filmmaking process and the film's relevance to contemporary politics.
Top 10 90s Horrors 10 Best Horror Movies of the 90s - The best and scariest horror movies of the 90s have been ranked and ordered by Elizabeth Howlett in this special top 10 list to satisfy any horror fan all year round, but especially at Halloween.
New French Extreme Cinema The Best Films of the New French Extreme - Not for the faint hearted, the New French Extreme wave of cinema has had its very best presented by Jason Lithgo in this list. Content warning: abuse, gore.
10 Scariest Harry Potter Movie Moments - The 10 scariest moments from the Harry Potter movies counted down by Sophie Grant.
Paranormal Activity Couple Pic Who’d Have Thought That ‘Paranormal Activity’ Would Be Actually Terrifying? - Could it be possible that the original 'Paranormal Activity' (2007) was actually a feminist movie ahead of its time? And was it actually scarier than we remember? Katie Doyle guides us through it, here.
Zombies in Cinema The History of Zombies in Cinema - Drawing from John Landis' "Monsters in the Movies", Rhian Gillah explores the development of zombies throughout cinematic history.
Jacob's Ladder Film Essay Jacob’s Ladder: A Masterpiece Often Forgotten - Why more people should remember 'Jacob's Ladder', a film that "takes the themes and iconography of horror and moves into something deeper and more meaningful" according to Kieran Judge.
10 Best Family Halloween Movies Top 10 Family Halloween Movies - Halloween is a time for everyone, not just the gore-loving horror enthusiasts of adulthood. That's why Joseph Wade has compiled a list of the Top 10 Family Halloween Movies.
Best Horror Films This Century 20 Greatest 21st Century Horror Movies - Stuck for what to watch over the Halloween period? Find inspiration from Holly Bowler's list of the 20 Greatest 21st Century Horror Movies (likely to be found on a streaming service), here.
Horror Movie Score Composers Instruments of Terror: The Music In Horror Films - "music was the hot new thing in town and no other genre would benefit more than Hollywood’s angsty teenage brother, the horror film." Craig Sheldon's exploration of music in horror films, here.
Halloween Franchise Movies Ranked The ‘Halloween’ Franchise Ranked - "no name in the movie world is more synonymous with the end of October than the knife-wielding maniac himself, Michael Myers", so here are all 11 'Halloween' films 1978-2018 ranked by Kieran Judge.
Best Autumn Movies Ever 20 Best Movies To Watch In Autumn - Dig out that old jumper, dust off your biggest coffee cup and make your way through this list of Autumnal cinematic gems, as presented by Beth Sawdon.
A Star Is Born 2018 A Look Inward: Introspection in A Star Is Born - "Seeing someone’s true self is important in 'A Star Is Born', but being able to look at one's self is even more important." Introspection in 'A Star Is Born', by Jacob Davis.
Fabric in Gay Cinema Fabric Love: Costume in Gay Cinema - The role of clothing in male-male romances is very distinct. Annice White takes you through the how and why with comparisons between 'Call Me By Your Name', 'God's Own Country' and 'Brokeback Mountain'.
BR2049 Cyberpunk essay More Human Than Human: An Introduction to Cyberpunk - Where did cyberpunk originate and what makes it such an influential sci-fi sub-genre in cinema? Kieran Judge walks you through.
Snyder Cut Part 2 Batman v Superman Why I Refuse to Watch the Snyder Cut: Part Two – Batmeh v Supermeh - In part 2 of his series on Zack Snyder's 'Batman v Superman', Jacob Davis explores the characterisations of Batman and Superman in a piece titled "Batmeh v Supermeh".
Adam Sandler Movies Why You Should Reconsider Adam Sandler - Why it's time to reconsider Adam Sandler as an actor according to Joseph Wade.
The Nun: The Prequel We Didn’t Need - With a story that lacked narrative and jump scares that avoided originality, should 'The Nun' be the end for the 'Conjuring' universe?
Who Is Jareth In Labyrinth (1986) and Why Has He Got a Bulging Penis? - Jareth's penis bulge has finally been explained. Why is Bowie trying to chat up a child, and why did Jim Henson create a sexually charged labyrinth?
Why I Refuse to Watch the Snyder Cut: Part One – Dawn of Dumbness - Jacob Davis unwraps the problematic Zack Snyder Warner Bros release 'Batman v Superman' in "Why I Refuse to Watch the Snyder Cut: Part One - Dawn of Dumbness".
Best 80s Movies The 8 Most 80s Movies of the 1980s - The Film Magazine runs down the 8 films that truly embody 1980s cinema, and which characteristics make them so unapologetically 80's.
Hammer Logo Holy Water and Unholy Ghosts – The Resurrection of Hammer - Hammer, perhaps the most iconic horror movie company in the world, mirrored some of its classic films to come back from the dead. But what happened next? Kieran Judge examines...
Best Adam McKay Movie Adam McKay Directed Movies Ranked - From modern comedy classics like 'Anchorman' to Oscar-winning dramas like 'The Big Short', here are all 6 of Adam McKay's movies ranked (from worst to best).
Best Worst Marvel Movies MCU Movies – The First 10 Years Ranked - Every movie from the first 10 years of the MCU (2008-2018) RANKED worst to best. 20 movies overall (including Infinity War).