pop culture

2016, Year of the Lacklustre Blockbuster

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Batman v Superman was a two and a half hour Linkin Park video. The Jungle Book wasted its impeccable cast with CGI tunnel vision. X Men: Apocalypse combined too many promising ingredients and just came out flavourless, murky and morbid. Through the fog of gender politics, Ghostbusters emerged as a solid B, but nothing to […]

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Beauty is Pain, Bro

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Humphrey Bogart is a pretty leathery guy. He’s possibly the most iconic male figure of the golden age of cinema. He’s stylish, he’s magnetic, and his face resembles a crumpled map of Italy. He looks like he’s seen some shit. Bogie is a good example of the fact that in the good old days, the […]

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Guilt, Pleasure and The Bachelor

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For 20 seasons, The Bachelor has been nailing the holy trinity of reality TV: competition, consumerism and voyeurism. The reality powerhouse lets us peer in at a private social ritual, that of dating. The final pairings that the show produces don’t last (with a few exceptions); the ‘fairy-tale romance’ clearly doesn’t endure. And yet the […]

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Speak For Yourself

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From The Godfather to Good Will Hunting, from Hitchcock to Michael Bay, white men continue to be over-represented both on and off camera. I won’t bury you in stats because you have Google, but trust me, they are depressing. So when we see non-white or non-male characters, it’s encouraging. Oh look, we say, there’s a […]

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Making a Murderer, Anonymous and Trial by Social Media

The online audience is a powerful entity. We are now fairly accustomed to getting what we want. Companies ask for our input in creating the products we would like to see. We can customise our own t-shirts and mugs. We made a Veronica Mars movie happen, we revived Arrested Development, we bought a chunk of […]

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