Zoe Crombie

  • August 27, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    Think of every famous, well-respected film critic that you can remember. Who comes to mind? People respected in the field for decades like Mark Kermode and Roger Ebert? YouTube video creators like Chris Stuckmann and I Hate Everything? I have a lot of respect for each of these people and their individual styles of film criticism,

  • July 2, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    Hereditary. The Kissing Booth. The Greatest Showman. These are all movies from the past year in which the scores from official film critics on Rotten Tomatoes have been notably higher or lower than the user decided audience score, and this issue in general has caused a fair amount of debate over the past couple of years. It

  • June 19, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    In a capitalist society, we as consumers vote with our wallets on what cultural content we prefer and apparently want more of. This is why there are numerous films out right now that are attached to other franchises: they are reliable money makers. Whilst this definitely reduces the number of risks Hollywood studios are willing

  • June 15, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    I have just finished my first year of university, in which I took Film Studies (you specialise in your first year in the UK). Having not studied it at all at school, I had no clue what to expect and little guidance on what would be helpful before I began. But if another student had

  • June 13, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    Between the controversial Revenge of the Sith and the generally well regarded The Force Awakens, there was a decade-long gap rife with speculation and a lack of clarity on where the Star Wars franchise might go next. Putting aside the Clone Wars series and additional expanded universe works like games and novels that the general public may not

  • May 23, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    I’m sure at least some of the readers and writers of Affinity will be personally familiar with the concept of the VHS. No menu, poor picture quality, and having to rewind all the way back to the start of the film to watch it again (keeping your eyes closed the whole time to avoid spoilers

  • May 22, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    So you’re considering getting a tattoo, and why not? Beyond the simple act of rebellion they’re often perceived to be, tattoos can be a stunning and creative way of expressing your personal style and the things you love. There has even been a huge decrease in the number of employers who take issue with ink.

  • May 12, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    It’s a scenario we’ve all been in: you get in after work or school, you sit down with friends or family, and you try to find a movie to put on. What’s the first thing you do when you think of one? Google the title, look at the Rotten Tomatoes rating and decide based on

  • May 12, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    Since its inception in the late 19th century, film as a medium has had a rather rocky journey to depicting relatable, realistic, and above all sympathetic gay characters. From the Hays Code of the 1930s banning what they referred to as ‘sexual perversion’, to Love, Simon in the 2010s providing inclusion and love for gay teen audiences,

  • May 8, 2018By Zoe Crombie

    Although it’s easy to think of YouTube as just for tutorials and vlogs, there’s a huge creative outlet in the form of short films. While they obviously range in quality, here I’ve cultivated some of the best, all available to legally watch at the links below and all under fifteen minutes long. Think of all