Contemplating a Foreign Culture through its Film

Recently, I watched a film called Your Name. You probably haven’t heard of it yet. Released in 2016, it has become one of the most commercially successful anime films in Japan’s history grossing more worldwide than any other anime film ever. Only Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away has made more at the domestic box office. Unsurprisingly… Read More Contemplating a Foreign Culture through its Film

The Adam Sandler Exception – A Review of Punch-Drunk Love

Adam Sandler is not a man known for his acting chops. His soft, monotonic voice and odd expressions remind you of that slightly unnerving school teacher sending you off to a detention for no good reason whatsoever. He doesn’t seem like the character actor type. He acts either brash, quietly tense or just…Adam Sandler. Although… Read More The Adam Sandler Exception – A Review of Punch-Drunk Love

Crafting the Music Experience – Part 2: Symbols

Following straight on from my previous post on cover art (which you probably should read first, just to complete the circle), we’re now gonna take a look at a more direct way artists use to distinguish themselves from the ever-growing crowd of musicians and how one of these trends has, seemingly unintentionally, spread like wildfire.… Read More Crafting the Music Experience – Part 2: Symbols

La La Land, Singin’ in the Rain and how the Hollywood Musical has changed

After my first viewing of La La Land (LLL), apart from humming city of stars on the train home, what I found gave me that wonderful warm afterglow from the film was its many call-backs to the golden age of cinema and to ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (SITR) in particular. Once I had become guilty… Read More La La Land, Singin’ in the Rain and how the Hollywood Musical has changed