All posts tagged in films

  • March 15, 2020By Megan Dang

    Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl (2000) and Disney+’s Stargirl (2020). Jerry Spinelli’s coming-of-age novel Stargirl was a massive success when it hit shelves back in 2000. Now, with the book turning twenty years old, Disney+ has just released a film adaptation directed by Julia Hart (Miss Stevens, Fast Color). The film certainly strays

  • March 9, 2020By Megan Dang

    Between old classics like Toy Story and modern masterpieces like Coco, Pixar is notorious for its effortless ability to produce emotional animated hits that move audiences both young and old. Pixar’s newest film, Onward, seemed destined to join the studio classics, led by the voice talent of huge Marvel stars Chris Pratt and Tom Holland.

  • February 13, 2020By Megan Dang

    Over a year after its original limited release, Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy (starring Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, and Noah Jupe) has finally been widely released on Amazon Prime Video. The movie premiered in January 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival, but it wasn’t until November when Honey Boy hit limited theaters. Perhaps its long release

  • August 30, 2018By Rashid Parker

    In the horror genre, what makes a scary movie ultimately frightening is the out-of-nowhere jump scares. It goes without saying and they’ve become the cherry on the top to most horror. However, the overuse of this technique has seen it become a cliche within horror films, and is more expected than unpredictable. The jump scare

  • 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

  • June 10, 2018By Emira Ben Amara

    At a time when TV-shows are getting more and more diverse, one group seems to be left out from the push for increased representation: Muslims. As a Muslim myself, I can’t help but notice how the world of TV appears void of Muslim representation. Apart from an inmate on Orange Is The New Black (whose

  • 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 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 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