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SPLIT, written and directed by the talented M. Night Shyamalan, starring the wonderful James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley. The film follows McAvoy as he plays a character with split personality disorder, also known as dissociative personality disorder, after he kidnaps three girls and interacts with them in each of his personalities.

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Last night, once again attempting to decide what I should watch on Netflix, I noticed that season three of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ had been released. An anthology series of speculative fiction that’s usually dark and sometimes even ‘bleak’, as Brooker claims himself, Black Mirror is just up my street. It’s satirical themes that question and examine modern society and present to us thousand’s of plausible ‘what if’s’, Black Mirror is not only exceptional original writing, it’s visually great to watch, and is layered with symbolism throughout.

Nosedive is the first episode in the new season. Starring Brice Dallas Howard who plays Lacie Pound, we follow her through her day to day life in a future that seems not too distant from one that we live in now. Everyone is obsessed with image and how others perceive and rate them, not only figuratively, but also literally – everyone has a visible rating that you can see by looking at someone (with some high tech program fitted into you eyes). Everyone is incredibly nice. So nice, so sweet, it’s enough to give you diabetes just looking at them interact with each other.

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Even if you’re not particularly claustrophobic, naturally none of us likes to feel trapped. So of course, a common theme or setting for thrillers and horror films is exactly that. The protagonist is trapped, usually by a murderous psychopath or even perhaps a supernatural being, and we watch with our blood pressure rising, hoping they somehow manage to get out alive.
10 Cloverfield Lane, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, starts with this relatively simple and common concept. Girl is trapped in a room, possibly a basement. Girl is chained to the radiator. Girl, of course, has no idea how she got there. Or how she’s going to get out.

“It’s about a girl who gets turned into a swan and she needs love to break the spell, but her prince falls for the wrong girl so she kills herself.”

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Black Swan (2010), a psychological thriller revolving around the production of Tchaikovsky‘s Swan Lake ballet. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, one of my favourite directors, perhaps most known for his disturbing psychological drama film, Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan for me is not only one of Aronofsky’s best works but also a masterpiece in the world of cinema.