Giles Allen-Bowden

Is the cinema still a good idea for a date?

Before “Netflix and Chill” there was dinner and a movie, the popular default setting for the first date, and for good reason. Dinner allows you to observe how your date eats (very important) and whether or not they can leave their phone alone, allowing you to decide if it’s a...
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Posted Feb. 17, 2018

Hostiles: Is the western a finite frontier?

Some genres seem to have no limits. Comedy, science fiction, action, and horror continue to evolve, inspire and produce a regular output of films every year. But the Western, a genre known for its American iconography, examines masculinity and violence on a seemingly finite frontier. It is comparatively rare to...
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Posted Feb. 9, 2018

In our Darkest Hour: Why are biopics so successful?

Life doesn’t make narrative sense. It’s a confusing mess in which you are your own main character and simultaneously an extra or supporting role in the lives of others, too. And yet there are films that attempt to present real-lives whilst also making narrative sense. These films are broadly characterised...
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Posted Jan. 28, 2018

In deep water: An ode to the shark film

In 2018’s The Meg Jason Statham will battle a 70-foot shark to the death. Having outlived the radioactive giant bugs of the Cold War, it is time to hail the ruling jaws of the B Movie animal kingdom: sharks, and give them the credit they deserve. Of all the beasts...
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Posted Dec. 31, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War trailer breakdown

There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people. So when we needed them they could fight the battles that we never could. There is hype. And then there is hype for Avengers: Infinity War, the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3 and the beginning...
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Posted Dec. 5, 2017

Logan Review

A refreshingly different superhero film? Gilles Allen-Bowden reviews Logan, the film which concludes Wolverine's story.
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Posted Apr. 14, 2017