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Music for Life: A Strangely Philosophical Discussion About Film Scores

Hello, reader! Firstly, happy new year, may this one be kinder to us all! Secondly, welcome back to Kino's Collective Thoughts. Today, I am going to talk to you about film soundtracks, specifically scores, those pieces of music that compliment everything that's going on on-screen (unless you're watching a crazy arthouse film). Essentially, I'll be having a passionate conversation with myself about why I love film music and what it does to me (and probably to you) in and outside of films.  So, let's turn this up to eleven and get a move on! The Emotional Amplifier: Music in Films I'm going to make the bold assumption that everyone reading this has seen E.T. (or at least seen this scene). If you haven't, let me explain this picture's context here and then I'll give some substitutes for those who haven't yet had the privilege of crying over an alien that looks like an overcooked sausage.  Music in film is used for very specific reasons. The main on
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Is Die Hard a Christmas Film?

Hello Reader, this is Chloe. As the Christmas season is approaching fast, there is the inevitable question of what to get your friends and family for Christmas (there's only so many golf shirts you can by a Dad, and I surpassed that last year...) and the stress of decorating the tree (it is a stressful endeavour in a family of perfectionists). But one thing that is never a question, is how to relax- its obvious isn't it- fluffy socks, a warm fire and, of course, a Christmas film. I will happily sit and watch the same Christmas movies each year, mug of hot chocolate in my hand, without shame- The Grinch, A Christmas Carol, It's A Wonderful Life- you get the picture. Despite this, every year, the same debate appears on the internet, and I try to shake the nagging feeling that I watch the film and and make up an opinion, yet I never have... So this year, I took action.   It's a debate I'm sure you're all aware of and most likely want to see the end of- Is Die Hard

Forming the CHAIN: How My Short Film Came to Be.

  Hello, reader, it's Jay again. This time talking about something a lot more personal and quite a bit more local - my short film, CHAIN !  The first thing I want to say is that if you haven't seen it already, I'd greatly appreciate the support and that this article is going to be a massive collection of spoilers right from the get-go! So, here is the link, just in case! With that being said, from here on out, I am going to be spoiling everything (that doesn't ruin the mystery!) Conception I'll start right at the very beginning, which has often proved to be the very best place to start (ironically not in CHAIN!) I actually found the seed that grew into this film around this time last year, just as the weather was getting cold and people start to walk the streets with their heads down and hands in their pockets. As someone who always has stories forming in their head, situations

How Cinema Inspired BLM and What Has Changed

Ever since the chilling day of the 25th May 2020, the death of George Floyd, the streets filled with the words “Black Lives Matter”. This phrase has started a global movement from the scorching sun of Sydney, Australia to the green hills of Bogotá, Colombia. Every contemporary culture can relate to the overuse of authority and racial inequality. However these chants have been running through the speakers of cinemas decades before the creation of the BLM movement in 2013. With groundbreaking films such as Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’ (1995) and Spike Lee’s ‘Do the right thing’ (1989) with the aims to educate, reform and bring justice to victims of police brutality.  In 1993, Mathieu Kassovitz attended a riot in Paris, similar to the protests seen this year, on the police killing of Makome M'Bowole, a 17 student shot in the head in a police station. It was here he decided to create his film ‘La Haine’ which followed three characters around an estate after a riot. The film created a movemen

Ten Great Examples of Film Noir

Hi, it’s Josh again. Dark, brooding and mysterious, crime thrillers of the post-war period were a new kind of film; ones where the heroes were flawed and the stories hardboiled and cynical.  Film Noir doesn’t have a set structure but is instead a mood, a state of mind that categorises a series of related films in the 1940s and 50s. Typical features include stylised, low-key lighting, complex narratives and an emphasis on outsiders and loners. Whether they be about detectives, gangsters or unlucky innocents, these films all share a dark, uncompromising view of the world and a thrillingly modern outlook that continues to fascinate audiences worldwide and influence filmmakers now. The films of the Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino owe a huge debt to the stylish and fascinating works of the time, proving their continued influence even in the present day. I adore these films; many have barely dated when watched today.  With all of this in mind, I have chosen ten of the best examples of F