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REVIEW- Atomic Blonde: On espionage, character depth and girl power marketing
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REVIEW- Atomic Blonde: On espionage, character depth and girl power marketing

In the last year, Hollywood has graced the American viewer with a few female action heroes to capitalize on the growing popularity of mainstream feminism. Most notably this year, Gal Gadot in Wonderwoman and Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell made headlines for trailblazing as strong female action leads, not without fair criticism from … Continue reading

“Is that my voice?”: Constructing On-Screen Female Performance
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“Is that my voice?”: Constructing On-Screen Female Performance

After 1930 films have traditionally relied upon the voice to communicate narratives. Another consistent through line can be located in cinema’s “skilled and satisfying manipulation of visual pleasure,” to quote feminist theorist Laura Mulvey. These trends converge in performance of the on-screen female. Construction of an archetypal female for film reifies woman’s objecthood within the … Continue reading

REVIEW- Spider-Man: Homecoming: On the streets of Queens, villainous psyche’s and the indie feeling
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REVIEW- Spider-Man: Homecoming: On the streets of Queens, villainous psyche’s and the indie feeling

With each new superhero film crowding your local cineplex, it is difficult to reminisce of a time when only a scarce number were in the ‘know’; when they catered to an unambiguous demographic which, of course, was inherently male. Now, between each respective cinematic universe, i.e. that of DC and that of Marvel (and whatever … Continue reading

The Handmaid’s Tale and marginalised resistance
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The Handmaid’s Tale and marginalised resistance

To claim that mainstream media often fails to ensure that marginalised people are given accurate, let alone positive, representation would be an understatement. How often do we come across major, big-budget films and television programmes that present minorities as more than mere tokens, and don’t disregard them as disposable sidekicks for the hero? How often … Continue reading