Category Archives: Fantasy

‘Ready Player One’: a celebration of Steven Spielberg’s pop culture

For over a decade now, Steven Spielberg’s cinema has taken a turn for the more historical, with releases such as War Horse, Lincoln, and The Post — all of which are solid movies, but ones that are safer than previous, more ground-breaking work from the director (think: Jaws, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park). And so when news broke out

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‘The Shape of Water’: on love that roars in silence

Set amid rising tensions with the Russians in the 1960s, Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water follows a relationship that buds between Elisa Esposito, a mute janitor at an American Research facility, and an amphibious creature held in captivity by the facility’s head, Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). Risking their lives, Elisa and her friends set out to rescue the

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‘Voldemort: Origins of the Heir’ explores the youth of Tom Riddle

In the summer of 2017, an impressive fan-made trailer for a film called Voldemort: Origins of the Heir was released on YouTube. The video went viral, amassing over thirty million hits in just two days, with people all over the world wondering if a feature was truly going to follow. It quickly became clear that the trailer was for an

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The allegory of the rave: why Mother!’s greatest twist is its ultimate downfall

Where does one begin to talk about Darren Aronofsky’s most recent effort, Mother!? Much like the process of watching the film, that question sparks countless answers. A hybrid in style of one of his earliest efforts — Requiem for a Dream — and his most celebrated one – Black Swan – Mother!, in short, is a cinematic experience of a

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Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ is a visually stunning disappointment

Luc Besson returned to theaters last week with his first English-language film since 2014’s Lucy. After being away for three years, the Leon: the Professional director finally graced our screens with his long-awaited, visual powerhouse of a blockbuster, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (poster to the left: teaser-trailer.com). Starring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in leading roles, Valerian

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