Through The Film & TV Team
As the upcoming academic year approaches, whether you are a new writer or a regular, you should get to know the year 2022-23 Film & TV Team? We can’t think of a better way for you to get to know us than through our favorite movies and series. judge away.
Evelyn Heis, film and television editor
My name is Evelyn, I’m a third year English student and I’m this year’s film and television editor. Having written for the section since my freshman year, I have become extremely connected to film and television, true, and as such I am overjoyed not only to lead the section, but to ensure that content is promoted that highlights lesser heard voices of the industry, but also collaborating with other enthusiastic and creative individuals to create an excellent section.
Asking myself to condense the extensive list of my all-time favorite movies down to just one might actually be more difficult than the degree I’ve gotten over the past three years. As a Libra, I just can’t make any decisions. Still, I’m determined to try.
So I’m sitting here with a la la country (2016) Tattoo, it would be dishonorable not to mention how much I admire Damien Chazelle’s skills as a filmmaker; its unique cinematography, particularly the overhead drum shots in whiplash (2014), its bright colors and heartbreaking plots intrigue me everyone Time.
Speaking of heartbreaking and psychological movies, Leon: The pro (1994), parasite (2019), Ex girlfriend (2014) and Black Swan (2010) are also among my favourites, each one beautifully done, the distinctive characters and storylines in these films make them ones that I want to watch again and again.
My heart also holds a special place for Ari Aster’s wonderfully evil mind and Jordan Peele’s original scripts, but if I had to name one television series I couldn’t live without, it would have to be Sam Levinson’s euphoria (2019-) or Amy Sherman-Palladinos Gilmore Girls (2000-2007).
If my taste in film & TV hasn’t put you off, be sure to check out “Ev Says”: my signature monthly column, in which I write about my film & TV-related life.
Jake Tickle, Assistant Film and TV Editor
I’m a final year English student and though I’ve done it many Favorite Movies and Series I have to say my favorite movie/tv series has to be the HBO series Big little lies. I say that because this series really resonated with everything I’ve ever seen and stuck with me for highlighting so many themes for me and curating some of the best and most morally gray characters I’ve ever seen on screen have.
big little lies based on the book of the same name by Liane Moriarty, was released in 2017 and caught my attention not because I knew about the book – in fact I had never heard of it – but because of the series’ incredible cast of women at the helm. Reese Whitherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Effing Streep… Need I say more?
This series is perfected and elevated by its incredible cast. That’s not to say it’s endorsed by the cast; The plot and source material are outstanding. Big Little Lies’ subject matter gets a little somber at times, yet it’s handled (particularly by Nicole Kidman) in a way that’s careful, sensitive, and true to the reality of many women.
Big little lies handles motherhood, class, gender, grief, abuse, bullying, marriage and more in a way that translates perfectly to screen. It is a flawless physiological expression of humanity and femininity.
Amelia Jacob, digital editor
I am a second year English student and (perhaps controversial in this section) I far prefer television to the screen. As much as I love cinema, television has the ability to infiltrate the cultural psyche and allow time and space for more creativity in characterization. Of all the TV shows I’ve watched, there’s one that I keep coming back to year after year: Will Sharpe’s Dramedy Flower (2016).
Despite the light-hearted connotations of the show’s name, it privileges the gnarly, thorny relationships nurtured in environments soured by troubled family dynamics. Flower follows the family of the same name, led by Deborah (Olivia Colman) and her husband Maurice (Julian Barratt), as they try to deal with Maurice’s mental health issues.
Her eccentric family includes two problematic adult twins, Shun (Will Sharpe), a Japanese illustrator for Maurice’s books whom Deborah firmly believes is having an affair with, as well as a number of larger-than-life supporting characters and elements of magical realism.
Sound complicated? You would be right, but Flower gets to the heart of what it means to be loved despite everything. ‘We don’t want to be too happy, we’re not mad!’ proclaims Deborah insane. I firmly believe it is a must.
Kalila Smith, investigative editor
Imagine an outgoing, preferably more feminine looking version of Ben Rickert from The Big Short and you have me. I’m a third-year history student who’s just as cynical and suspicious of society as Ben, but fear not, I’m not catastrophic to the same extent as he is.
Adam Mckay directed The Big Short, and he’s my favorite director because he faithfully approaches films with hard-hitting irony and uncompromising political didactics. However, one of my favorite films is exactly the opposite. American History X, starring Edward Norton, is beautifully shot as a neo-noir, so obviously one of my favourites. It focuses thematically on the “man versus the system” and will make you cry and partially howl by the end.
Hopefully Bristol University doesn’t have the same effect on you, especially Freshers’ Week. Rather, these next few years should be as chaotic as they are transitory. I would describe it as the ideal time for exploring. Explore your topic, yourself, your ambitions, friendships and your alcohol limit. Before mortgages and student loan bills creep into the picture, get involved as much as possible during your time in Bristol.
Claire Meakins, editor and film critic
I’m Claire, I’m a final year English student and incredibly indecisive, so picking just one favorite film would be an impossible task for me. However, the first movies that come to mind as favorites are Amelie (2001), Black Swan (2010), Portrait of a lady on fire (2019), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), fight club (1999) and parasite (2019), but the list is constantly growing and changing. I’m generally more of a film person than a TV person, although some series have definitely crept into my heart, such as e.g fleasack (2016-2019) and Better call Saul (2015-2022).
I’m very open to what I see and I love to broaden my horizons: be it by watching foreign language films, supporting new up and coming directors or just working on the classics. I’m also definitely not above watching some very trashy movies that don’t deserve to be in print!
I’m drawn to complicated, morally questionable characters, creative, playful cinematography, writing with a sense of humor, and subjects that make me question all my life choices. I’m always looking for new movies to watch, so recommendations are more than welcome!
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Stay tuned for more film and TV content from us this year!