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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give is a teen movie. Teen movies are usually underestimated, but THUG is an important and sophisticated teen film that engages real life issues and experiences that black teenagers have to deal with and worry about. Such experiences are rarely acknowledged by media, which makes THUG an important film not only for teenagers, but also for a wider audience.
The film follows Starr (Amandla Stenberg), who witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith), at the hands of a police officer. Khalil’s death quickly becomes major news and while dealing with her own grief, Starr finds herself caught up in the media frenzy and outrage. The film not only explores wider conversation but the personal experiences of the victim’s family and friends after his death.
The film is an adaptation of Angie Thomas’ debut young adult novel by the same name (The Hate U Give), which was inspired by the phrase made popular in the 90s by Tupac ‘The Hate U Give Little Infants Fu…

Eighth Grade

Molly Ringwald tweeted that Eighth Grade was the best film about adolescence that she’d seen in a long time. And I must agree.
Eighth Grade, written and directed by Bo Burnham, is a beautifully candid and relatable telling of adolescence. The film is about Eighth Grade, but you don’t need to be an eighth grader to relate. The film centers Kayla (Elsie Fisher), a shy, introverted teen who presents herself online as confident, motivational and outgoing, while in reality, is awkward and unconfident.
The film is lead by Elsie Fisher (Kayla), who steals the screen with her natural performance as she portrays her current generation, who are so focused on social media. We see Kayla use YouTube to do her make up in the morning, post her own motivational videos to her own channel and lurk on the popular girls’ Instagram pages. Fisher plays the role so naturally that it’s easy to feel what she does. The audience feels her pain, happiness, awkwardness and anxiety.
Anxiety and insecurity are mai…

The Florida Project

In 2017 I had the opportunity to write for York St John's Media and Culture Magazine, Neutral. In 2017 I wrote about celebrity culture. That article can be read here.

In 2018, I was given the opportunity to write again for Neutral. This year I opted to write a film review, about my favourite film of the year, The Florida Project. The article can be read here on Neutral's website, or below. 

A colourful, honest tale about poverty and childhood wonder. Childhood innocence and wonder takes the front stage of Sean Baker's story that homes in on the hidden homeless population of Florida, just a stone's throw away from Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. The combination of an unforgettable narrative, phenomenal performances, stunning cinematography, impeccable direction and a striking use of colour make it a must-see film that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking. The Florida Project revolves around six-year old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), a rambunctious child, blissfully unaware …

5 Things (5th June)

Here’s 5 things.
1.  Paper Girls. I am currently reading (and loving!) Paper Girls, a sci fi comic book series, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang. The series is published by Image Comics, who also publish The Walking Dead. Paper Girls follows the story of four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls from the fictional Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream. The series is one I recommend for fans of the Netflix Original, Stranger Things.

Orphan Black: Deviations Another comic book series that I am enjoying is Orphan Black: Deviations. It is third in a series of comic books based on the television show, Orphan Black. The first series is named just Orphan Black, the second named Orphan Black: Helsinki. While I enjoy both of those series too, this newer series has really captured my attention. The story follows what would have happened if Sarah has prevented the suicide of her clone, Beth. Most audiences of Orphan Black have likely wondered what would have happened …

Orphan Black

One of my favourite shows, is Orphan Black.Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. The show is majorly underrated, and is about to begin its fifth (and final, sadly) season in June.
The series begins with Sarah Manning, played by Tatiana Maslany, who witnesses a woman, Beth Childs, also played by Maslany, commit suicide and she takes her identity. Oh, and they’re clones. But Sarah doesn’t realise this until she meets more of her follow clones, including Soccer Mom-of-two Alison Hendrix, and PHD student Cosima Niehaus. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of cloning and follows the clones as they fight to survive, discover themselves as individuals and search for answers.
Tatiana Maslany is an actress that everyone should know the name of. She plays many of the characters in the show, playing up to 4 characters in the same frame, with the help of some pretty badass special effects, of course.…