Articles by: SJMJ91
My name is Samuel James (most people call me Sam), I'm from the West Midlands and I'm 22 years old. Currently, I am studying BA (Hons) Film Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and have just completed my first year. The course consists of modules based on both theoretical and practical study of film as well as TV. In my first year from six modules studied, I achieved three A grades and three B's. Furthermore, I am a keen admirer of writing and journalism. Since I was 16, I have been writing my own film reviews and with more practice and gaining a more critical insight into cinema, it has become more than a passion. In fact, a film critic is my dream job. I like publishing other prose pieces too which include film essays (most of which I did for university) and I'm currently writing an auto-biography. Finally, I love being part of a film/TV production crew. I'm currently at the stage where I'm trying to gain as much experience as possible and my main strengths at the moment are directing, camera operator, camera assistant, editing, production assistant, stop-motion animation and partially screenwriting.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Biggest Blockbuster In Film History

March 18, 2014 9:42 am0 comments
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Biggest Blockbuster In Film History

Just when we thought we saw the end of the space opera franchise in May 2005 with the final prequel Revenge Of The Sith and George Lucas’ ‘retirement’ in 2011. However, that all changed in October 2012 following Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm for $4 billion and the quick announcement of a Star Wars: […]

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FILM REVIEW: The World’s End

September 1, 2013 7:29 pm0 comments
FILM REVIEW: The World’s End

After their critically acclaimed comedy hits Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg present The World’s End – the ‘green-mint flavoured’ finale in their uniquely creative Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Since its inception, the series has been recognised for its innovative twist on parodying specific […]

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REVIEW: Kick-Ass

August 26, 2013 5:42 pm0 comments
REVIEW: Kick-Ass

The aim of most superhero adaptations is to fulfill the excitement and expectations of comic book nerds in the breath-taking visual experience of cinema. Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass takes a uniquely creative detour as its story is told from the perspective of teenage characters inspired by comic books. However, due to […]

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Film Review: Kick-Ass 2

August 20, 2013 9:15 am0 comments
Film Review: Kick-Ass 2

The first film in what now appears to be the Kick-Ass franchise surprised us all. It looked like a complete spoof of superhero films, but the key to its success was its originality within plot and characters, as well as creative and somewhat artistic visual style. It was entertainment at the […]

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FILM REVIEW: Hot Fuzz

August 1, 2013 6:50 pm0 comments
FILM REVIEW: Hot Fuzz

At the time of its release in 2007, Hot Fuzz became the unofficial second installment in the unofficial Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. After Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s impressive homage to classic zombie cinema with Shaun Of The Dead in 2004, their next feature together Hot Fuzz is a contribution to […]

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FILM REVIEW: Monsters University

July 28, 2013 1:06 pm0 comments
FILM REVIEW: Monsters University

Back in 2001, Pixar worked their magic on Monsters Inc. and delivered a cute, thought-provoking, hilarious film which has since remained one of the most beloved family films ever. Following its success and worldwide fame, a sequel had been rumored. However, Pixar go down a different route and instead produced […]

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FILM REVIEW: Despicable Me 2

July 23, 2013 7:31 pm0 comments
FILM REVIEW: Despicable Me 2

If there is any genre that either succeeds or fails with sequels, it is animation. While the majority deliver, usually at an even higher level of visual effects, many lack the emotional warmth with imagination and meaning from their predecessors. In 2010, Illumination Entertainment made their feature animation debut with […]

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FILM REVIEW: Stoker

July 19, 2013 6:00 pm0 comments
FILM REVIEW: Stoker

Stoker marks director Park Chan-wook’s English language debut feature. In his home country of South Korea, Chan-wook has previously made thrillers with vicious subject matters with arguably the most notable example being Oldboy. Considering the alteration of language, location shooting and visual style, Stoker could be his career-changing or career-slipping […]

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