Giles Allen-Bowden

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Review

Following the events of the previous film, Jurassic World, which made money through the power of CGI and nostalgia, J.A. Bayona takes us back to ‘Isla Nublar’ for more dinosaurs, death and disastrous decision-making. With an advertising campaign which revealed 90% of the film’s plot and most twists, I went...
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Posted Jun. 22, 2018

Ctrl-Alt-Escape: Endless Ocean

So, while the Nintendo Wii has become something of a joke in the gaming community, only fit for the occasional retro game of Mario Kart or Guitar Hero, there are some genuinely relaxing experiences I found and still return to when times are stressful. Among the best are the Endless Ocean...
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Posted Jun. 7, 2018

Comedy goes to Therapy

Giles explores how mental health has been represented in American comedy, with the growing trope of depicting therapy on screen. Does this do justice to the reality of those suffering from mental health problems?
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Posted Jun. 7, 2018

The Power of Indecision in Gaming

The first time that a game truly made me think about decision-making within the medium was when I played Bioshock. This shooter presented players with a lavish yet brutal underwater dystopia, fun demented characters and the iconic Big Daddies. But beneath the gunplay, powers and world was a game which...
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Posted May. 28, 2018

The confessions of an uncertain university finalist

I have a confession to make. After studying Film and Literature for three years at Warwick University I have no concrete plans for after I graduate. There are definitely ideas, things I want to do, places I want to go and maybe a Master’s down the line, but in terms...
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Posted May. 25, 2018

The Art of the Misleading Film Trailer

Film trailers are a key component of film advertising, encapsulating a film’s style and best moments within a few rapid cuts and flashing titles. And while they are often entertaining, viewing them always runs the risk of spoiling the film. In the 60s and 70s narrators would tell audiences key...
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Posted May. 22, 2018

TV Viewing Habits at University

When it comes to the TV habits of students it’s hard not to think of all the memes and social media posts detailing how many shows on Netflix we can binge rather than doing our degree or revising for exams. This becomes especially apparent in Term 3 which can be...
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Posted May. 20, 2018

The Evolution of the Jurassic Park Games

The year 2018 marks the 25th Anniversary of one of the most iconic blockbusters of all time, Jurassic Park which spawned four sequels, the latest of which is coming out in May: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Like many lucrative blockbuster franchises such as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars...
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Posted May. 9, 2018

Isle of Dogs : Review

Take Cats and Dogs. Keep the heavy emphasis on an ancient relationship between dogs and humans but make it more nuanced. Make it not only stop-motion animated but also the longest stop motion animated film to date. Replace the entire cast, except for, crucially, Jeff Goldblum, and increase the film’s...
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Posted Apr. 21, 2018

What’s in a name?

Titles are often our first impression of what a story is about and encapsulate a book’s entire thesis. So, with this in mind, it’s always worth seeing if a book could do with a potential change of title as well as why certain titles work. A popular trend in titles...
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Posted Apr. 21, 2018

A Quiet Place: Review

This was a film I was dreading to see. Not because of what was going to be shown on screen, but of watching it in the cinema. A Quiet Place is a suspense thriller set in a post-apocalyptic future that revolves around the dangers of making too much noise at the...
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Posted Apr. 17, 2018