The Selfish Giant (2013) – Film Review

Selfish Giant

An often explored topic on British screens is the cultural divide between the upper and the lower classes, the economic hardship it creates and the negativity that emerges out of desperation for those in need. Based on the Oscar Wilde story of the same name, “The Selfish Giant” produces an impassioned and sophisticated insight into such struggle.

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Analysing ‘The Walking Dead’ – TV Review

Walking Dead

Sanctioned a fifth season long before the end of the current run, “The Walking Dead” will continue its epic domination of the AMC network. Despite endless hype and viewing figures obliterating high profile competitors such as the Winter Olympics, we at Alpha Shadows surprisingly ask: is “The Walking Dead” dying? MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS

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In the Realm of the Senses (1976) – Film Review

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Although usually referenced in context of the still existing art/porn debate in the history of filmmaking, Nagisa Ôshima’s film, instead of being a pornographic melodrama built on shock value, is a journey into culture and character in a self-destructive love story about emotional and sexual obsession set in pre-war Japan. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS

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One Chance (2013) – Film Review

One Chance

England’s unlikely television hero Paul Potts shocked the nation after winning “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007, overcoming his unconventional appearance and stage fright to claim the lucrative prize and David Frankel’s unusual decision to cinematise his story leaves me with a feeling of hesitancy.

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Kwaidan (1964) – Film Review

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Masaki Kobayashi’s next film after the 1962 samurai drama ‘Seppuku’ (aka ‘Harakiri’) uses the narrative of a horror anthology to tell four separate ghost stories (Kaidan) of haunted people and disturbed spirits. In contrast with ‘Seppuku’ and his epic war trilogy ‘The Human Condition’ Kobayashi’s horror is a colourful, theatrical example of Japanese surrealist expressionism. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS

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