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Hollywood's price for success: the mind

In my previous article, I started talking about how working in Hollywood can negatively impact a person in terms of their physical health. However, the film industry is as much a battle of the mind as it is of the body, sometimes more so. How extreme can film making influence mental health?

Becoming the star of a blockbuster Hollywood film is great until it isn’t. You get thrust into the spotlight suddenly, under the scrutiny of many, so that social pressure to keep up an appearance is sure to

Hollywood's price for success: The body

Working in Hollywood is something that over the years has been painted as a dream job with fame, fortune and a certain degree of power. But sadly, it isn’t just sunshine and rainbows as there are definite issues working in the film industry. This is the first of two parts and will look at how serious the physical demands of such a career.

It goes without question that a huge part of Hollywood is dedicated to the looks and appearances of the actors and actresses we watch on the screen. Keeping u

The cinematic prominence of seven

As with most forms of media, in film, numbers hold a lot of significance. Turns out all that maths stuff is important beyond doing Pythagoras. But for whatever reason, I’ve always felt that cinema has been particularly obsessed with the number seven. Because, damn, why are there so many films about it?

A prominent example of this is the film Se7en directed by David Fincher. It was based around the seven deadly sins which made sense as to why seven was such an integral part of the plot. No, I do

Feminism on Film: Lulu Wang's The Farewell

Lulu Wang’s The Farewell (2019) is probably my favourite film. From its fantastic performances to the fascinating insight into Chinese culture to a tear-jerking finish, it is a film I could watch over and over.

But whenever I have watched it, admittedly partially due to me being a guy, I never thought to view it from a feminist perspective. So, in preparation for this article, I re-watched The Farewell (again), trying to look from that perspective – and it made an already perfect film even bett

Reviews: the radicalisation of views

The reviews for a movie are usually one of the, if not the biggest, factor when influencing your decision to go watch that movie. If the movie has bad reviews chances are you won’t go watch it. But that might not be the only influence a review has on you…

Let’s say you read a review for the latest MCU movie; you are planning on seeing it anyway but you just want to get a feel for what you are exactly getting yourself into. This can go one of two ways most of the time with bad reviews preparing

The Indiependent

'Shiva Baby' Is A Stifling, Genre-Shifting Anxiety Attack: Review

A millennial horror if there ever was one, Shiva Baby is a roaring success of a feature debut for both Emma Seligman and Rachel Sennott, reviews George Bell.

At first glance, Shiva Baby is just an awkward comedy. Beneath the surface, it is so much more. Themes of sex positivity, sexuality and responsibility are portrayed openly from the very start and are executed brilliantly through the performances, dialogue and camera work.

The feature debut of writer/director Emma Seligman, Shiva Baby is a

EP Review: Dusk // mxmtoon

Back in April mxmtoon kicked off a two-part EP with Dawn – a project filled with optimism and hope for the future, embracing the unexpected. The artist is now back with second part, Dusk, which subverts those emotions, exploring the cyclical human experience and how everything eventually comes back around.

In a year as hectic as 2020 there has been a lot of change in the world, which is part of the reason why this project works so well. In the six months since Dawn’s release, mxmtoon, or Maia,

The Progression of Modern Television: Is It Worth It?

Since its inception in 1925, the television has been a big part of our lives. It’s safe to say it’s come a long way since a tiny black and white screen, reaching the point where everyone and their grandma had a TV in their house as the source of an evening’s entertainment for all the family. That was until the next step in television evolution: streaming services. Now, TVs seem to be on the way out. The way we consume media has changed a lot, but is it all necessarily for the better?

Since the

TV Review: 'The Umbrella Academy' Season 2 Makes Light of a Dark Situation

When season one of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy dropped last year, it took the world by storm. With its exciting storytelling, interesting characters, and stellar soundtrack it quickly got recognised as one Netflix’s tentpole shows and was only a matter of time before a second season dropped. But after such an amazing first season, can The Umbrella Academy keep up the momentum? In short, yes it bloody can.

Season two picks up right where we left off with Five thrusting the family back in time