Film Essays and Analysis

Prone to Bouts of Mania, Narcissism and Power Failure: Watching High-Rise and Snowpiercer in 2021 - With hindsight and terrifying changes in the real world, Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' and Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' have been given new power and relevance as socially conscious art. Essay by Sam Sewell-Peterson.
Conjuring Nonsense: Devils Didn’t Make Him Do It - The third 'Conjuring' film reinforces the dangerous myth that the supernatural is somehow responsible for the heinous crimes of humanity, and it's a problem as big as cinema itself. Essay from Jacob Davis.
The Duality of the Female Psyche in ‘Mouthpiece’ - How 'Mouthpiece', created by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, forges a moving insight into womanhood through its presentation of the duality of the female psyche. Essay by Gala Woolley.
How Did I Fall in Love with this Little Thing Called Cinema? - How an early life encounter with James Cameron's 'Aliens' (1986) shaped The Film Magazine writer Mark Carnochan's love for movies.
Thelma and Louise: The Most Powerful Final Image in Cinema - How the ending to Ridley Scott's 'Thelma & Louise' (1991) is one of the most iconic and powerful in all of cinema, and how it can be interpreted. Essay by Gala Woolley.
DC’s Lightest Movie, Shazam!, Also Contains Its Darkest Moment - In the light-hearted family movie Shazam!, that subverted the tone of the earlier DCEU, David F. Sandberg finds space for a heartbreaking character moment. Article by Rob Gifford.
Netflix’s Business Model Doesn’t Allow for Long-Term Film Success - Netflix Original movies seem to disappear just as soon as they've appeared, and with a new film set to be released during every week of 2021, it's an issue filmmakers should take notice of. Essay by Luke Hinton.
Arrival and the Language of Cinema - In his 2016 science fiction film 'Arrival', director Denis Villeneuve expertly uses the power of cinematic language to take us on a mind bending journey of love, loss, and the inevitability of time. Essay by Margaret Roarty.



5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch Midnight Cowboy - John Schlesinger film 'Midnight Cowboy' (1969) starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight is a classic of cinema, and here are 5 reasons why you must watch it. Article by Katie Doyle.
Sia’s Music Is Not “a Love Letter to the Autistic Community”: It’s Another Unrealistic Portrayal of ASD - Sia's Golden Globes nominated feature film debut, 'Music', a musical starring Maddie Ziegler and Kate Hudson, is another unrealistic portrayal of ASD. Essay by Shona Leigh Pope.