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The rise, fall and redemption of actors: Mel Gibson

October 26th, 2016
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Mel Gibson is one of the most famous, critically acclaimed actor and director currently working in Hollywood today.   Mel has starred in a range of commercially successful movies ranging from the film series which put him on the map. Mad Max, Gallipoli, Lethal Weapon and Braveheart to name a few.   Gallipoli earned Gibson […]

The rise, fall and redemption of actors: Ryan Reynolds

October 5th, 2016
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Ryan Reynolds is a Canadian actor, born on October 23, 1976. Reynolds has always been a contentious actor to some. Although he has consistently starred in Hollywood films, he had never had a role in which he commanded the screen as the lead actor.   Ryan had always played second fiddle to fellow Hollywood actors […]

The rise, fall and redemption of actors: Robert Downey Jr

September 20th, 2016
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Robert Downey Jr, or RDJ as he is also known by, is one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood today.   The latest film he starred in, 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, grossed an astounding $1.153 billion at the box office on a $250 million budget. In that film, he reprises his iconic and […]

The rise, fall and redemption of actors: Ben Affleck

September 8th, 2016
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Hollywood is a unique industry. Not many industries allow an individual another opportunity once they have starred in a commercial and critical flop. Case in point, 2003’s Daredevil film starring Ben Affleck. Although the film went on to gross $179.2 million at the box office on a $78 million budget, it received mixed reviews at […]

Method acting: Has it gone too far?

August 31st, 2016
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Marlon Brando, one of the most famous actors in the history of Hollywood cinema had been the pioneer for method acting. What this type of acting constitutes, is a process by which an actor tries to get a feel for the character they are playing, by living out that character’s fictional life. Brando illustrated his […]

Storytelling – The art of novels

August 23rd, 2016
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Novels have existed for a long time. Some of the most famous novels written were the Lord of the Rings books, created by the famous J. R. R. Tolkien. Tolkein is often regarded as one of the most influential fantasy writers of all time, with his vision illustrated through the use of highly descriptive words, […]

Critic reception vs fan reception. Who wins out?

August 15th, 2016
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I believe that critic reception is just as important as fan reception. Just because critics may be more educated about the process behind creating films, acting and story progression, should not make fan reception any less valid. Critics are able to analyze a film on a deeper level, looking at the intricacies of the film […]

Storytelling: The art of comic books

August 9th, 2016
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Comic books are a unique way to tell a story. Instead of telling a story through paragraph after paragraph like in a novel, the story is told through colourful panels containing drawing of characters, the event that is happening and speech bubbles of those characters. Readers of a comic use the illustrations provided to them […]

Ensemble casts in Film

July 30th, 2016
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What is an ensemble? An ensemble can be defined as a group of actors who perform together. In this instance, I am defining an ensemble cast in film as a group of A-list, highly recognisable actors playing various roles in a film. This is particularly evident in a film such as Ocean’s Eleven which stars […]

Race and gender diversity in film

July 22nd, 2016
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It is refreshing to see race and gender diversity expand in modern Hollywood. In fact, one of the highest grossing films of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has, what would normally be a minority, a female lead and black co-lead, headlining the movie’s posters and trailers. Even 2016’s Ghostbusters film has opted to […]