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Streaming Pile: Psycho Chicks | FilmComment

Streaming Pile: Psycho Chicks | FilmComment | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
All you need is a girl and a gun—or some other sharp object
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Future romance: how science fiction is predicting our relationships

Future romance: how science fiction is predicting our relationships | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
The contemplative indie Marjorie Prime is the latest in a long line of sci-fi films and TV shows that explore how we might date and love in the future
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Creative Ways to Build a Climax: An Analysis of the Suspense & Timing of 'Drive'

Creative Ways to Build a Climax: An Analysis of the Suspense & Timing of 'Drive' | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Great storytelling isn't just about giving information to your audience. It's also about when and how you give it to them.
Human beings are natural storytellers, but that doesn't mean that your great aunt Millie or Dave from Accounting can tell a story like the greatest literary and cinematic minds in history. That's because telling stories is a lot like -- dancing. You've gotta know when to drop it low, baby! In other, less confusing words, you have to know how to build tension, add suspense, as well as flavor -- a little something special, and then know when, where, and how to drop the climax bomb. (Otherwise you're just another guy or gal out there doing the 2-step -- and not even the cool Ciara version.)
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Netflix series The Get Down reportedly axed as Baz Luhrmann says he will focus on film

Netflix series The Get Down reportedly axed as Baz Luhrmann says he will focus on film | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Australian director describes hip-hop show’s revival as unlikely and says ‘the simple truth is, I make movies’
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50 Must See Alternative Movie Posters By Designers

50 Must See Alternative Movie Posters By Designers | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
It has almost become a trend for artists and designers to reimagine movie posters to show off their own take on a design. There’s some fantastic examples out there ranging from series of minimal movie posters to redesigns of popular film posters with totally unusual styles. For today’s post I’ve put together a huge showcase …
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Halt and Catch Fire: not Mad Men in the 80s, but so much better

Halt and Catch Fire: not Mad Men in the 80s, but so much better | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
The third season signed off with a leap into the 90s and an episode full of arguments about technology that were really about something much deeper
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Fish Tank

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Fish Tank could fall in to this category, with an explanation being offered for what can seem like ‘yob culture’. On first impression Mia might seem like a blight on society, as a violent and confrontational young-person, however, the film seeks to reveal the root of her behaviour. The behaviour of her Mother, the impact of her Mother’s partner Connor and the run-down estate are all offered as explanations for Mia’s wayward ways. The ideology of the film is therefore seeking to counteract the demonisation of young people, not least within the popular press. The film’s moral is perhaps that people like Mia are not essentially bad, and their behaviour is a product of the difficult situations that shape them.

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Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork

Peter Saville on his classic Joy Division and New Order artwork | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Sleeve designer Peter Saville talks us through his favourite designs for Joy Division and New Order
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U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack

U.S. Cassette Album Sales Increased by 74% in 2016, Led by 'Guardians' Soundtrack | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Cassette album sales in the U.S. grew by 74 percent in 2016, buoyed by the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack, as well as tapes by Justin Bieber, The Weeknd, Eminem and Prince.
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2016: The Year That Horror's "Final Girls" Fought Back

2016: The Year That Horror's "Final Girls" Fought Back | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
No drugs, no drinking, no sex and most importantly: no blonde hair dye. The final girl, a horror trope that’s found itself particularly driven into the ground in recent years thanks to gleeful meta horror like Cabin in the Woods and (of course) Scream, has been a part and parcel of the genre for nearly as long as the horror itself has been around. And despite the fact that the girls all must check the boxes of virtuosity and an unassuming presence, they are all variations on a theme – the naive and bookish Laurie Strode in Halloween, the hip Sidney Prescott in Scream and the “absolutely-over-this-shit” Ellen Ripley. Inevitably, the horror genre has become slowly aware of the tropes it perpetuates over the last decade or so, allowing the traditions to erode in favor of slightly more progressive takes on characters, but it’s the year’s most recent glut of horror that seems to have finally progressed beyond the narrative crutch, instead diversifying the female narratives it keeps within its house of terrors.
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'Westworld': How Robot Sex Reveals the Nature of the Soul

'Westworld': How Robot Sex Reveals the Nature of the Soul | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
"Given free rein and lawlessness, what do we fall into? Sin," SoulThirst Church leader James Cleland says of "Westworld" and its main theme
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Westworld Season 2: Ed Harris Confirmed to Return

Westworld Season 2: Ed Harris Confirmed to Return | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Ed Harris, who portrays the mysterious Man in Black on HBO's Westworld, confirms he'll return for the show's 10-episode season 2.
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‘Skyfall’ & ‘Star Trek 2′: Are We Seeing the Christopher Nolan Influence?

‘Skyfall’ & ‘Star Trek 2′: Are We Seeing the Christopher Nolan Influence? | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' trailer and James Bond's latest, 'Skyfall,' have us wondering: Are blockbuster movie franchises starting to adhere to the Christopher Nolan formula?

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Film Analysis: “Drive”

Film Analysis: “Drive” | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
The Driver is the best at what he does. "You put this kid behind the wheel, there's nothing he can't do." He doesn't rely on luck and spontaneous driving; he knows what he's doing. He studies his environment, analyzes human behavior and acts accordingly. As he drives you can tell that every move was planned…
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Arrival — Examining an Adaptation

Start your free trial today, at http://www.squarespace.com/LFTS to get 10% off your first purchase. Examining how Arrival was adapted from the short stor
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How David Fincher put complex women in the frame | Little White Lies

A formalist with a forensic eye for detail (and no patience for wading through emotional sludge), David Fincher holds his characters at arm’s length – perhaps all the better to see them in their entirety. Most of these characters are men; Fincher is, after all, a man’s man with a particular predilection for stories about fraternity in crisis (The Game, Zodiac, The Social Network) and the crumbling framework of masculinity in a late-capitalist society (Fight Club, The Social Network and – we think – Gone Girl). However, that is not to say that Fincher’s women are shrinking violets.

There are exceptions; Gwyneth Paltrow’s only notable scene as Tracy, wife of Brad Pitt’s detective in Se7en, is nothing more than a shock in a box, while Chloë Sevigny’s role as Robert Graysmith’s shy, smart wife in Zodiac is so incidental to the plot that she might as well not exist. As for Alien 3’s feminist heroine Ripley – she isn’t exactly Fincher’s creation. Yet, despite these missteps, many of the women in Fincher’s filmography stand out as being equally as interesting, if perhaps not always as well-explored, as their male counterparts. From Jodie Foster’s fierce single mother in Panic Room to the Machiavellian women of the Fincher-produced House of Cards, tough, curious, complex – and as psychologically opaque as any of his misanthropes – women feature in almost all of his features. With his adaption of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl set to open the New York Film Festival later this month, Little White Lies looks back at some of Fincher’s most interesting, complicated and subversive female creations.

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Halt and Catch Fire: on the set of the best show on TV (that no one is watching)

Halt and Catch Fire: on the set of the best show on TV (that no one is watching) | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Kerry Bishé has a problem. More to the point, she has a problem with a line. “Can we change this? Can I say narcissist instead of diva?” she asks Halt and Catch Fire showrunner Chris Rogers and the director of the episode, Reed Morano. It’s not a surprising exchange for a series that has developed a reputation for putting forth some of the most well-rounded female characters on TV. Bishé’s character, Donna Clark, is in the process of disparaging her partner, Cameron Howe, played by Mackenzie Davis, in the tech start-up Mutiny. Their complex friendship and tumultuous business relationship are the heart and soul of a critical darling that is hoping to broaden its audience after a surprising and welcome season three renewal.
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Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’ - Social Realism With Poetic Lens - NYTimes.com

Andrea Arnold’s ‘Fish Tank’ - Social Realism With Poetic Lens - NYTimes.com | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Andrea Arnold hails from the tradition of Ken Loach, but she’s hesitant to say so.
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Where You’ve Seen Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Reveal Photo Before

Where You’ve Seen Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Reveal Photo Before | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Another high-concept art performance by the artiste.
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Making of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive

Making of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Making of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive A lot of people want to be in control in the cinema, to be made to feel secure. I go against those conventions, for good or bad. I want to create
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British Social Realism

British Social Realism | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
From its beginnings in the documentary movement of the thirties, to its more stylistically eclectic and generically hybrid contemporary forms, socialrealism in British cinema remains a rich and diverse tradition. Samantha Lay examines the movements, moments, and cycles of British social realist texts through a detailed consideration of practice, politics, form, style, and content. It also includes case studies of key texts including Listen To Britain, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Letter To Brezhnev, and Nil By Mouth. The book considers the challenges for social realist film practice and production in Britain, now and in the future.
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Tables turned as vinyl sales overtake digital sales for first time in UK

Tables turned as vinyl sales overtake digital sales for first time in UK | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
Records sales hit £2.5m last week compared with £2.1m for digital, with surge partly attributable to Christmas gift buying
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Nocturnal Animals caps off Hollywood's year of toxic masculinity

Nocturnal Animals caps off Hollywood's year of toxic masculinity | A Level Media Studies | Scoop.it
“Toxic masculinity”: if any one term has graduated, through the tumult of 2016, from specialized social-justice parlance to mainstream media ubiquity, it’s this one. Misuse has inevitably come with popularity – it denotes the social normalization of misogyny and sexual aggression that can poison masculine identity, not an intrinsic male evil – but in the year of Brock Turner, Nate Parker and President-elect Donald Trump, cultural critics haven’t had to reach too far for illustrative examples.
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