Time to dust off my PS2

After publishing my previous article on Call of Duty: World at War (2008), this encouraged me to resurrect an earlier title of the series that paved the way for this later epic.

CoD 2: BRO Official PS2 Launch Trailer. Source: YouTube.

Developed by Treyarch and High Voltage Software, BRO helped make Treyarch, then a lesser-known studio, into the CoD heavyweight it is today. …


Celebrating short films and their creators

( Ye be warned…Spoilers lie ahead )

Photo by Donald Edgar on Unsplash

If
like me, you’ve spent a large part of The Lockdown trilogy on furlough, then you’ll have spent a colossal number of hours absorbing the full scope of what streaming services such as Netflix have to offer.


‘This is not war, this is murder!’ — Yes Chernov, but it’s still awesome though

From the video game franchise that trained entire generations of teenagers to feign normality in their everyday lives in order to vent their underlying sociopathic fantasies vicariously through an unknowing run-of-the-mill squaddie, Call of Duty: World at War (WaW) marks the fifth instalment of the Call of Duty (CoD) series and is among the most successful first-person shooters ever produced.


Evaluating one of Rockstar Games’ most complex villains

Dutch Van der Linde, the infamous outlaw and leader of the notorious Van der Linde Gang, features within Red Dead Redemption (RDR) and Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) as one of the video game series’ most compelling antagonists.


A picture is worth a thousand words

(Ye be warned…Spoilers Lie Ahead)

Still from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Whether the infinite planes of outer space endorsed by an epic orchestral score in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), or a fleeing rebel ship with an Imperial Star Destroyer in hot pursuit in Star Wars (1977), the opening visuals of a film are vital in introducing an audience to the characters, plot, and setting of a story.

However, every new writer who takes the plunge into producing their early screenplays, myself included, finds themselves committing the same folly time and again.


A Scene Analysis

The anatomy of a scene in ‘Rear Window’

(Ye be warned…Spoilers lie ahead)

James Stewart as L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jefferies in Rear Window (1954). Still from Art Blart

Alfred Hitchcock’s murder mystery thriller Rear Window (1954) continues to stand the test of time, on account of its ability to maintain its tension and intrigue throughout despite its confined and static studio setting.


The Tale of the Soho Samaritan

Photo by Tommy van Kessel on Unsplash

It was the autumn of last year when I was still working at a production company based in London.

These were exciting times for a townie like me, especially seeing as how I had spent most of my days beforehand increasingly resembling Robert Downey Junior’s character from Zodiac since graduating university.


Cinderella stands at the forefront of the Second-Wave Feminist Renaissance

(Ye be warned…Spoilers lie ahead)

Libuse Safrankova as the eponymous lead, Popelka/Cinderella. Still from Three Wishes for Cinderella by Welt

Once upon a time, there was a young woman who was a horse-riding housemaid, a master huntress, and a beautiful princess all at the same time. Yes, you read that correctly.

The tale of Cinderella is universally familiar and highly regarded by all, boasting a rich heritage within international folklore as well as spawning countless adaptations across film and television.

However, one particularly bold and unconventional interpretation sought to reimagine the classic fairy-tale. This was Tri orisky pro Popelku, translated in the West under the title Three Wishes for Cinderella (1973).

Mirek Gosney

Writing about Film, History, Culture & Society | British-Czech | UK Based | Writer | Filmmaker | Film Teacher | BA Film and History, University of Southampton.

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