Film Essays and Analysis

Catch Me If You Can: Christmas Classic? - How Steven Spielberg's crime caper 'Catch Me If You Can' (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, is definitely a Christmas film. Article by Grace Laidler.
‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Is Scorsese’s Macbeth Adaptation - How Martin Scorsese's 'Killers of the Flower Moon' (2023) is a modern interpretation of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth". Full essay and analysis by Kieran Judge.
Scorsese’s Goodfellas and The Power of Movie Soundtracks - How Martin Scorsese utilises a diverse soundtrack of iconic popular music to help narrate his tale of gangsters, glory and regret in 'Goodfellas' (1990). Essay by Grace Laidler.
The Importance of Expressionism in ‘Raging Bull’ - How the expressionist techniques of Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' (1980) elucidate the extent of Jake LaMotta's (Robert De Niro) psychological turmoil. Essay by Callum McGrath.
Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty: Classic Disney Princesses Through the Eyes of a Modern Maiden - Disney Animation classics 'Snow White', 'Cinderella' and 'Sleeping Beauty' are revisited by a 9-year-old and her mother, to evaluate what is outdated and what isn't. Article by Martha Lane.
How ‘Threads’ Remains Frighteningly Relevant 40 Years On - Barry Hines and Mick Jackson constructed a straight-to-television film that depicted the horrors of nuclear annihilation in a terrifying, realistic and lasting manner. Essay by Eleanor Wise.



Children of Men: Dropping Us Into Crisis - Alfonso Cuarón reimagined how to capture the intensity of war when he crafted his 2006 dystopian masterpiece Children of Men. Here's how. Essay by Mark Serravalle.
Cameo Killed the Superhero Movie - Is superhero cinema too reliant upon cameos? Is it taking away from the storytelling? After 'Spider-Man: No Way Home', everyone's doing it. Essay by Ibrahim Azam.
Dennis Hopper’s Last Movies: ‘Homeless’, ‘Pashmy Dream’ - Dennis Hopper had a career that surfed high art and low culture effortlessly, his last movies 'Homeless' and 'Pashmy Dream' interesting notes to go out on. Essay by Stephen Lee Naish.
I’m With Terry: Marlon Brando’s Method Performance in ‘On the Waterfront’ - How Marlon Brando's Method acting enhanced 'On the Waterfront' and added nuance and sympathy to his character Terry. Essay by Jacob Davis.