Leave Those Kids Alone: When Cannon Met Death Wish

By 1982, British director Michael Winner was in desperate need of a hit.

Eight years prior he had immortalised western stalwart Charles Bronson by taking his John Wayne act to the streets of New York City. Although the original Death Wish tackled the growing problem of street crime in America, it was denounced by critics due to a vigilante theme that relished in the very violence it was supposed to be condemning […]

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Knuckles at Dawn: The Skewed Morality of Fight Club

Some movies you tend to grow out of; I just didn’t expect Fight Club to be one of them.

I was 17 when David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s transgressive novel hit the cinemas, and after seeing it I was immediately convinced that it was one of the greatest movie’s ever put to celluloid. Further watches only confirmed my feelings, but the passing of time has altered my opinion. In hindsight, it is easy to see how […]

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Blood on the Dance Floor: The Brazen Beauty of Saturday Night Fever

If the 1960’s gave birth to civil rights, then the following decade provided the fallout.

By the time the Vietnam War came to an end in 1975, the counterculture movement had all but dissolved, but American society had changed irrevocably, giving birth to a generation with different beliefs and aspirations. Citizens were unwilling to advocate war based on patriotism alone, and for many the Catholic church would become an outmoded burden […]

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