A Quiet Place Is A Comment On Cinema Culture

A Quiet Place is as much a movie as it is an experience. Toying with sound and silence and the consequences of both, it actively draws an audience in to take part in the action – daring us to be as quiet as possible lest we face our doom.

That doom, it would have it, might not be one of the faceless monsters now roaming Earth, but an annoyed cinema-goer who has rightly had enough of incessant popcorn-chewing. A Quiet Place demands the attention of all your senses – and the public domain is never to be trusted when it comes to respectful silence.

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Who Is REALLY Human At The End Of The Thing?

John Carpenter’s 1982 version of The Thing From Outer Space is one of the few remakes that actually proves better than the original, combining the director’s visceral body horror style with an unknowable alien entity – recognised only as the titular ‘Thing’.

The master class in horror film functions as a sick type of murder mystery, with no one knowing exactly what the creature is, or who it may be inhabiting at any given time. Following the discovery of an alien life form buried deep in the ice on an arctic research expedition, it soon attempts to assimilate the scientists in their isolated facility, taking over their bodies and minds one by one, until only two are left alive to toast their inevitable deaths in the cold.

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What Was Really Inside The Briefcase In Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction has remained a cultural icon since its release in 1994. Whether it be for its gimp-inhabited sex dungeon or a pocket watch passed down through generations of (literal) arseholes, there’s something for everyone from the thoughtful, if a little twisted, director.

One thing that has never been revealed from one of pop culture’s most revered hits, is what’s exactly in the briefcase vehemently guarded throughout the duration of the film. Screeching into the wind like Brad Pitt with a package delivery, Tarantino fans have often begged the question of what’s in the box – and there’s more than one theory that has struck proverbial gold.

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Saw Theory: Is Home Alone Actually The Origin Story Of Jigsaw

I want to play a game. Don’t worry, there’s no skin melting acid or face-breaking mechanisms in this one – it’s just a simple guessing game. Well, unless you get it wrong…. So think carefully: what film am I describing here…?

It’s a classic of its genre, combining prankster hijinks with a twisted tale of family values, offering redemption and growth in the face of adversity. It’s also a film defined by its fetish for traps, intense violence, and murderous rage, depicting more than one deadly consequence for dubious morality.

There’s only two options that could fit that paradoxical synopsis; and they’re films on either end of a very varied spectrum. So is it Home Alone, or Saw?

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Pacific Rim Vs. Transformers – Which Is Better?

As technology progresses and we stumble ever onwards into the future, films have aptly reflected our experience of what could be just around the corner for humankind. Science fiction is a haven of artificial intelligence, aliens, and of course, robots, with everything from Wall-E to the Terminator depicting scenarios for our favourite metal companions.

With that in mind then, it’s only right that we face off the biggest and baddest of those creations against each other to find out who would REALLY win in a fight. It’s time to ask the question: which is better out of a world of giant alien robots versus other giant alien robots, and a world of giant robots versus giant aliens. Wait, what?

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Why The Mist’s Ending Remains One Of The Best Of All Time

Stephen King’s novella, The Mist, is one of the best short stories of all time. Frank Darabont’s adaptation is a great one, that follows the story almost perfectly, including neat little references to King’s other works in what is essentially a fanboy homage to his hero. He even sacrificed his directorial salary to be able to make the film exactly as he wanted to. What a guy.

Unfortunately, Darabont’s piece hasn’t exactly stood the test of time. Relying on special effects rather than practical ones is always a risk when it comes to film, and one that becomes glaringly obvious as the years go on. Whilst the ideas and motivations of the piece remain strong – there’s something about frantically dodging a CGI tentacle that dampens the atmosphere of an otherwise perfect movie.

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