Visual Culture in a Technologically Changing World: Social Theory and Film

Since the beginning of the 20th century, film has always been held as a very vivid way of demonstrating the power of technology within society. The genre which posed a particular ‘playing ground’ for this was Science Fiction, and it will be 2 films of this kind that will be analysed in order to evaluate the ways in which technology is represented in film. Le Voyage dans La Lune (Melies 1902) was the first film made that was part of this genre. A simple, fictionalized trip to the moon demonstrated a view of machines that was new to the audience … Continue reading Visual Culture in a Technologically Changing World: Social Theory and Film

Women and Hollywood

During the opening act of this years Academy Awards, one of the lines in ‘Moving Pictures’ was “Small town girls who change the world by challenging the norms”, and we see selected female roles appear on the screen behind Neil Patrick Harris. First up, was Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (Ross, 2012), followed by Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side (Hancock, 2009), Idina Menzel as Elsa in Frozen (Buck and Lee, 2013), Octavia Spencer in The Help (Taylor, 2011), Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty (Bigelow, 2012), Reese Witherspoon in Wild (Vallee, 2014), and Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (Allen, 2013). Not only … Continue reading Women and Hollywood


I would not be fooled by the quiet demeanor of this films presentation, it is no ordinary teen comedy which is why I have chosen it for a review. First take the look on Winona Ryder’s face in the image displayed above, and then listen to the opening song of the musical version of this film. This is a black comedy, not a teen comedy, and little did I know what I was in for when I clicked play on Netflix. Heathers (Lehmann, 1988) is very different to your average teen comedy. A genre going back as far as Rebel Without a Cause … Continue reading Heathers

Silver Linings Playbook – A BA Thesis Analysis

Silver Linings Playbook (Russell, 2012) was adapted for the screen by David O. Russell. It is based on the novel The Silver Linings Playbook (2008) written by Matthew Quick. The context of mental health treatment in this book and eventually in the film is community care facilities which began to be described in Isaac and Armat’s (1990), and Nelson and Prilleltensky’s (2005) studies. However, due to the overwhelming need and unpreparedness of the community for mental health patients, it took a number of years before these became firmly established on the landscape.  Hester Parr (2008) identifies how there was a … Continue reading Silver Linings Playbook – A BA Thesis Analysis

Mean Girls

“How many of you have ever felt personally victimized by Regina George?” After all the jaw drops and “O My God”‘s, many of you will be happy to know that I have finally seen Mean Girls (Waters, 2004). Some of you were worried it wouldn’t live up to its reputation, as ye built it up so much for me. While others were worried I would analyse it too sociologically, and as such, not appreciate it. Funnily enough, my assessment of the film is rather bright. “I can’t go to Taco Bell cause I’m on all carb diet! O my god … Continue reading Mean Girls

The Mummy Series

Can anyone recall times in their lives, when interests become part of who they are? All boiling down to one exact moment when you first came across something, that would transcend to be unimaginably amazing in every sense, as you become completely mesmerized by it forever. For me, certain films resonate this into my life interests, and 2 films do this no better than The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Some of you might remember these movies as pure brilliance despite the lack of historical accuracy among them, while others may be more sceptical of their place in block buster … Continue reading The Mummy Series

The 1942 Academy Awards – Citizen Kane versus How Green Was My Valley and Dumbo.

On February 26th, 1942 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California, How Green Was My Valley directed by John Ford (1941) won the Best Picture over Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941) at the 14th Academy Awards. This victory made instilled questions in me, when I came across this revelation first. How could a film that has stood the test of time in so many minds be beaten? I decided to watch Citizen Kane first, and then compare it with How Green Was My Valley. It was my amazement upon viewing the films in this way, the sheer difference between both … Continue reading The 1942 Academy Awards – Citizen Kane versus How Green Was My Valley and Dumbo.

The Purge Franchise

The Purge: Anarchy (DeMonaco, 2014) is the latest release from Blumhouse Productions. The company was founded by and is run by Jason Blum, and it has been responsible for the production of the Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Purge franchises. A lot of the films produced by the company have been brought about the teaming up of the Saw franchise creator James Wan and Jason Blum. Paranormal Activity meets Saw idea, with actual supernatural elements but without the intense gore. As such, The Purge (DeMonaco, 2013) was the latest idea released by Blumhouse Productions last year. However, this film … Continue reading The Purge Franchise

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

How do you treat other animals? Do you treat them with affection? Or do you treat them as if you are superior to them? What meaning do you ascribe to the word ‘animal’? Do you see the word ‘animal’ as a division in organic life of which humans are a part of? Or do you see the word as a personality trait or a way of acting? This is one of the areas which you might ask questions about when watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (DPA) (Reeves, 2014). The other is that of what is really important … Continue reading Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Tribute to Robin Williams

It is with great sadness that I write this review, yet it also brings great joy, as to write about the works of one of the most cherished actors of all time is a privilege, I only wish it was in better circumstances. Robin was one of my greatest childhood heroes and his passing has given me great sorrow, but has also provided me with a chance to reflect on the many memories he has given me which I will remember dearly forever. He was a man of many talents, originally wanting to be a dramatic actor until his professor … Continue reading Tribute to Robin Williams