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“No More FoX-Men”: A Moratorium

I was 10 when the original X-Men came out in cinemas. Going to the now-closed Douglas Cinema, I was told to lie to the ticket guy and say I was 12 because the film was 12s. Lining up with my cousin, the lad asks what our age is. I pause and hesitate.

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Reflections: Mulan, Sexuality and Gender

Disney recently revealed why they’re dropping Li Shang, the love interest of 1998’s Mulan, out of their live-action adaptation of the film. And it’s, like, really dumb.

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What BoJack Horseman Taught Me

On Friday January 31st, one of my favourite shows ended.

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What I Like About: Blade Runner 2049 and Cinematography

What do you remember the most from the movie Blade Runner?

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What I Like About: Moonlight and the Metaphor of Water

 

Water is very fluid. Terrible pun, to be sure, but it’s true in terms of its metaphorical content.

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What I Like About: Surviving R. Kelly/Leaving Neverland and Framing a Narrative of Abuse

Note: At the time of writing this, neither Michael Jackson nor R. Kelly have been legally convicted of any sexually based crimes as described in the documentaries. The two men who were the subject of Leaving Neverland, James Woodchuck and Wade Robson, are currently appealing a court’s decision to dismiss their claims against Jackson’s estate pertaining to sexual molestation in 2015, without the court passing judgement on whether these allegations were true or not. R. Kelly is currently facing 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, throughout which he has maintained his innocence. When describing instances in these documentaries, I will be writing as if these allegations occurred for simplicity’s sake and due to my own personal belief in their validity, but it is not up to me to declare their definitive factual basis. This article is not meant to pass judgement on either of them, merely to examine how these narratives were handled.

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What I Like About: Us, and Untangling Ambiguous Metaphors

Us is great. 9/10.

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What I Like About: mother! and Close-Ups

mother! is the, at the time of this writing, latest release by film maestro Darren Aronofsky of “Are you uncomfortable yet? What if I go up real close to you and start breathing heavily?” fame.

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What I Like About: Loveless and Technological Addiction

One of my favourite shows still on air is Black Mirror.

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What I Like About: The Red Turtle and Perspective

 

The Red Turtle was my favourite animated movie of 2017.