By Aaron Tan (19A01B)
It was at South by Southwest 2017, one of the largest annual conglomerates of film, interactive media, and music conferences in the world, that cinematic legend Steven Spielberg stepped onstage to debut his latest feature: Ready Player One.
The sci-fi CG bonanza, based on the titular New York Times bestseller by Ernest Cline, was one of the most anticipated movies of the year, not least by pop-culture aficionados all around the globe. It promised to be a rollicking adventure through virtual reality, with one single, central goal — to entertain.
“This is not a film that we’ve made,” Spielberg quipped to the sold-out audience of the Paramount Theatre. “This is — I promise you — a movie.”
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By Keziah Lam (19A01B) and Alyssa Marie Loo (19A13A)
Even if you have yet to watch the film, it is difficult not to know about Black Panther given how its success has flooded mainstream media. You are probably familiar with headlines like “Black Panther brings Afrofuturism into the mainstream”; “Why ‘Black Panther’ became the hero the world needs now”; or “Why ‘Black Panther’ May Be Marvel’s Best Movie Yet”. The film’s impact stems not only from it being an objectively good superhero movie, but also from how its progressive, Afro-centric setting shows perspectives highly relevant to contemporary issues of racial discrimination. Amidst all the adoration of Black Panther’s fictional and reclusive country of Wakanda, here’s what we imagine life in the high-tech, prosperous and isolationist country would be like.
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By Soh Ying Qi (18A01C)
Spoiler alert: you already know what happens in this film.
Not because it looks like standard Hollywood period-drama fare, comprising an ensemble cast led by established stars, a screenplay peppered with references to “the First Amendment right to free speech” and “Based on a true story” tacked onto the end of its trailer. But if I told you that in 1971 The New York Times and The Washington Post were sued in the Supreme Court of the United States for publishing a set of politically sensitive documents, you’d know the outcome of the trial before ever picking up a single history book.
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By Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)
There is no doubt that Thor: Ragnarok is a ton of fun.
Director Taika Waititi married his eccentric energy with Marvel’s house style, enabling the “Marvel Formula” – filmmaking and storytelling style that puts emphasis on lightheartedness and spectacle – to still stand despite the fact that this movie is the 17th installation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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By Lynn Hong (18A13A) and Choi Hoe Chang (18S07A)
Editor’s note: To enhance the clarity of the article, the writers have updated and refined their movie review and opinions on the future direction of Marvel on 21/7/17.
The third reboot of this popular franchise was met with a mix of anticipation and skepticism, but it has emerged as an enrapturing and competent love letter to fans of the beloved superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming was a fast-paced, fun, and light-hearted take on the King of Marvel, presenting a dorkily endearing version of the superhero.
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