Around the World

As Robin Williams so poignantly put it in Dead Poets’ Society: “We read and write poetry, because we are members of the human race and the human race is filled with passion; and medicine, law, business, engineering – these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love: these are what we stay alive for”.

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Sports

With the World Cup around the corner, this seems like the perfect theme (even if only one of the films focuses on soccer…sort of). Sports’ movies promote many great themes, such as solidarity and perseverance. Due to these themes, one of the most popular stories that emerges is the story of the underdog. This leads to an inevitable and predictable formula; yet somehow these movies manage to retain their individuality and all offer something different.

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Behind the Scenes: An Interview with Alex Hamilton

There are two words I wish to address here: art and criticism. Art is defined as “producing something beautiful, especially by painting or drawing”. Briefly ignoring this extremely narrow and exclusive definition, we move on to the meaning of criticism: “pointing out faults”. If you don’t believe me – check the Oxford Dictionary.

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An Interview with Tidal Waves

Huddled against the cold night air in big jackets and gloves, keeping their bodies and especially their fingers warm for their show, Jacob and Sam soon warm us up with their amiable conversation and easy-going nature. They are the driving force behind Tidal Waves, a successful South African reggae band who consist of Charlie (bass), Mr. Mans (lead guitar) and Abrie (keys) and, of course, Jacob on vocals and guitar and Sam on vocals and drums.

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Martial Arts

Martial arts movies are exactly what the name implies – movies featuring martial arts. From Muay Thai in Ong Bak to Ninjutsu in Bloodsport, these types of movies display different styles in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons. Martial arts movies originated in the Orient and have since penetrated Western cinema with movies such as Rush Hour and The One.

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Vampires

Before Facebook turned us all into vampires, these creatures were dark and mysterious. The film industry has a long and deep history concerning vampires – from Germany’s Nosferatu (1922) all the way up to today’s Blade trilogy (1998-2004). The Blade movies created a vampire legend of Wesley Snipes, with Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee holding the title in ages past.

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