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Nel McDonald
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Nel McDonald is a military contractor with a Masters Degree in War and a penchant for baking and Broadway musicals. When not arguing with stubborn military men, Nel likes reading, rock-climbing and perusing art galleries. Nel has lived all over England’s green and pleasant land but currently resides in London.

Nel writes about fashion, films and current affairs for her blog, With Nel and I.

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Jonze's Her and Female Bodies on Film

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:29 PM

It is perhaps an understatement to say that Hollywood does not have the best relationship with the female body. Too often, female characters in films exist purely as bodies. There is no character development, their dialogue (should they have any) is bland or pandering to the male lead, and they...

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On '12 Years a Slave' and Why We Enjoy Watching Others Suffer

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM

I saw 12 Years a Slave last weekend. On Monday, a friend asked me whether I enjoyed the film and I honestly didn't know how to respond. The story, of a free black man from New York, kidnapped and sold into slavery, was compelling. The acting, from Chiwetel Ejiofor's quiet...

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Why The Hunger Games Are a Terrible Method for Political Control

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 9:37 AM

So I saw the latest Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, this past weekend. As someone who dislikes children and loves war, this is pretty much the ideal franchise for me. I also love a good dystopia. In fact I think dystopia may be one of my favorite genres. But while...

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