Top 5 Woody Allen Films

 

 Guest post by Melissa Kay den Dunnen I often associate Woody Allen with breakups and doughnuts. In essence then, he makes me depressed and cellulite-endowed. Perhaps not the greatest introduction to one of my favourite film-makers of all time, thus I will take another shot at it (take 2!). Woody Allen: pioneer of modern day romantic comedies, master of the ‘passion defies logicality’ concept and sculptor of all that encompasses a great film. I have a confession to make – I hadn’t seen a Woody Allen film until I watched Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona – thus I was a tad late on the uptake. However, I made up for it and arranged a plethora of his films for myself straight after. […]

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Survival Horror and the Female Protagonist

 

 Survival horror – a beloved and frightening genre of gaming – has been breaking down gender discrimination for years when it comes to female protagonists, who play a crucial part in any gamer’s experience. In an age where men are idealized in video games (Kratos from God of War for example) and women are objectified (take any scantily clad fighter from Dead or Alive or Mortal Kombat), this genre provides us with a refreshing look at what has been labelled as ‘effeminate’. Whether snapping photographs of ghosts with the Camera Obscura in Fatal Frame, or hiding from manic enemies in Haunting Ground, the protagonist of any survival horror game acts as an extension of the gamer – submersed in a […]

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Eat, Explode and GET TO THE CHOPPA!!! – Eating while watching action movies makes you fat! (Maybe)

 

 You’ve all seen the movie: The good guy is trying to save the day, the bad guy smugly tells him his master plan for world domination. The baddie then says “blah blah your family too!” The hero gets angry and defeats the baddie before walking away while explosions go off behind him. You may think that this sort of movie only hurts your braincells but recent research seems to indicate that it may be detrimental to your health by making you eat more than you should. In a recent paper titled “Watch what you eat: Action-related television content increases food intake”, researchers from Cornell University conducted a study in which they recruited 94 undergraduate students. The students were then split […]

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Ripping the Jack

 

 “Mary Ann Nichols” – Jack the Ripper’s Canonical Five Some of you may have heard the news that the most notorious serial-killer, and father of modern nightmares, Jack the Ripper has finally been caught after 126 years. Using the latest in scientific techniques and DNA analysis, British businessman and armchair detective Russell Edwards and a team of scientists have spent the last three years running tests on the shawl of Catherine Eddowes – the fourth of his canonical victims, and have identified the most famous killer of all time as Polish immigrant, Aaron Kosminski (born Aron Mordke Kozminski; 11 September 1865 – 24 March 1919). (I always felt it was him.) In response to this amazing (and hopefully definitive) chapter […]

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Meet the Guardians

 

 First and foremost, have you seen “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Yes [ ] No [ ] Indicate your answer by ticking the relevant box. (You can always tipex it off the screen if you get it wrong. -Ed) If you answered “Yes”, then you have probably purchased your own Rocket Raccoon plush toy or perhaps started pruning that tree in your front yard so that it resembles Groot (remember you got that idea from a pangolin). Maybe you’ve tattooed your body to resemble Drax the destroyer or covered yourself in green food colouring to look like Gamora. Most likely, however, you’re jamming to those classic songs from the soundtrack like Peter quill A.K.A Starlord (WHO???). If, however you answered “No” […]

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A female Thor?! A black Captain America?! – Has Marvel lost the plot?

 

 When it was announced that Thor would be losing his powers and that a woman would not only wield the mighty hammer Mjolnir, but also assume the name of Thor, many fans were outraged. The thing is that Thor hasn’t been turned into a woman, he has just been deemed to be unworthy and cannot thus wield the powers that he would have had if he was still in possession of Mjolnir. The other controversial change that was announced was that Sam Wilson (The Falcon) would assume the title of Captain America from Steve Rodgers.  This occurs due to the recent story arc in the Captain America Comic in which Steve’s super soldier serum (which slowed down his aging process […]

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Anime Figurines: Real VS Fake

 

 If you are an Otaku, then you will know that owning an anime figurine is almost as important as rum is to pirates. Owning a figurine doesn’t only show your love of a specific anime character, but shows that you are a supporter of anime. There is however a world that only the trained-eye can see when it comes to figurines: knowing what is an original and what is a fake. In this article I will be discussing the pros and cons of both sides as there are always both sides of a story. (We at 925 do not support illegal activities. Always buy the real deal. -Ed) Original Anime Figurines The most important fact that you should know about […]

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Praise the Fallen! (WW1)

 

 “This is a war to end all wars.” – American President Woodrow Wilson. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the “Great War”. One hundred years ago today, 28th July, 1914 continuing until the 11th November, 1918, nearly 10,000,000 soldiers died and close to 30,000,000 more were wounded or went “missing” in what was up until 1939 the largest armed conflict in human history. To mark this most somber day I have decided to dedicate today’s article to some of my favourite films, shows and games based on the Great War. “There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, […]

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The Longest Day.

 

 “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.” -General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the start of Operation Overlord. The heroic and nearly suicidal attack launched by the Allies against Nazi occupied Europe. Without the sacrifice of the thousands of men that died on the beaches of […]

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