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Review: Moonage Daydream

Moonage Daydream is a fittingly atypical, whirlwind telling of the story of David Bowie. By contrast to the flashy yet often tacky studio biopics of Bowie’s contemporaries, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and Elvis, Moonage Daydream instead uses Bowie himself to narrate his life, rather than an actor. By doing this, Brett Morgan, the director, producer, […]

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Why is Hollywood so obsessed with female pain?

It’s a tale as old as time; what do Princess Diana, Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, and even Shakespeare’s Ophelia have in common? They are all women who have been used and abused by those telling their stories, and who continue to be portrayed unsympathetically, without their consent. Well, now we can add Marilyn Monroe to […]

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Review: Blonde

Our cultural fascination with Marilyn Monroe can be seen in full force concerning testimonies of Netflix’s highly controversial Blonde. Arguably rooting for the title of an epic, labels surrounding this film have instead largely taken the path of a ruthless ‘exploitation’. Rather than a sympathetic stance, the fictional plot depicts little triumph in the actress’ […]

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Stardust

1 star ⭐ CW: ableism It’s Oscar season, and one thing is certain: it’s Oscar-bait season too. A slew of films are inevitably thrown out in late autumn and winter in the hopes of catching the Academy’s attention at the right time, such as the dire Hillbilly Elegy (2020). Riding on the coattails of Bohemian […]

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The new age of the music biopic

It has long been said that the greatest mark of success for any singer is to see themselves immortalised on the silver-screen. Who could forget Eminem’s iconic performance in 8 mile, or indeed Jamie Foxx’s moving portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray? Enter the 21st centuries new favourite genre: the music biopic. The biopic genre […]

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Judy

The release of Judy has not received much fanfare, in stark contrast to last year’s musical Oscar bait, A Star Is Born, which incidentally once starred Judy Garland herself. Instead, the release of Rupert Goold’s introspective biopic, an adaptation of the play End Of The Rainbow chronicling the end of Judy Garland’s life, has felt distinctly […]

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Black Mass

“It’s not what you do. It’s when and where you do it. And who you do it to, or with”, A strong lesson from a transformed Johnny Depp in Black Mass; a film following the criminal career of infamous Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. In a long awaited return to form, Depp portrays the protagonist with […]