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Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 10 “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle”

Melodrama, absurdity and overly-forced surreal situations have always been a tough balancing act for ‘Riverdale’. In attempting to infuse fantastical, soap-opera like, daring predicaments with grounded emotional relationships, the show often loses its place and tone. This episode luckily doesn’t position the characters into any overly ridiculous or immature roles or confrontations (there is no … Continue reading Review: Riverdale Season 2 Episode 10 “Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle”

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 11 “The Wolf Inside”

Arguably boasting some of the series’ best direction, this is a beautifully shot episode that creates expansiveness and divide with the cinematography’s harnessing of light and dark. Key to the episode’s thematic and character core is the contrast between Burnham trying to mute her good will and ethical decision-making, and Tyler trying to tackle his … Continue reading Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 11 “The Wolf Inside”

Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 “Despite Yourself”

Although the overall concept of parallel universes is predictable as is how Tyler's PTSD-like story develops with its serialised aspects, holding back the character's blooming relationship with Burnham seemingly for the sake of it, the writers are still able to pull off an episode that is for the most part compelling. A tone is cleverly … Continue reading Review: Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Episode 10 “Despite Yourself”

Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

While the black and white vistas may look gorgeous, with the cinematography excellently creating tension in both intimate spaces and wide, expansive landscapes, such an artistic imprint feels purposeless other than to enforce a post-apocalyptic tone. Purposeless is the epitome of this episode, as while it draws upon horror tropes in both a scary and … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 5 “Metal Head”

Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 4 “Hang the DJ”

Commenting upon ‘Hang the DJ’ after viewing it as a full story it becomes most apparent that the episode is centrally about character. Luckily, for the most part the characters are exceptionally intriguing and delightful to follow, though the female characters particularly are spotlighted as the most controlling, picky and inconsistent in their presentation and … Continue reading Review: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 4 “Hang the DJ”

Review: The Florida Project

Some of cinema’s greatest stories encapsulate a rift between the hopeful and the hopeless, often projecting a fairy-tale like movement of characters becoming rejuvenated and moving from rags to riches. ‘The Florida Project’ is a nuanced, socially responsible and deep, yet also accessible, realisation of this, noting a real contrast between uncontrolled freedom and childhood, … Continue reading Review: The Florida Project

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Crackling with wit yet also ablaze with violence, racially charged rhetoric and complex, meaningful and haunting characters, Martin McDonagh's screenplay is a beautiful beast. It elicits a crowning achievement in acting by Frances McDormand, as well as powerful and thought-provoking performances by Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell. These actors' three primary characters are of the … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri