Interview: Act for Change

In September, a group of Oxford students are heading to India for three weeks where they intend to do something bold, original and likely to be incredibly revealing; using forum theatre to discuss mental health issues and stigma surrounding the topic across the country. Sitting down in Worcester gardens to chat to four of those […]

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ScreenWatch

Last week as part of our French Film special I mentioned briefly in my review of Venus in Fur that a solitary man had come and positioned himself next to me and a companion during our screening. He was mid 40s, slightly overweight and with thinning grey hair, a dark blazer over an unbuttoned shirt. […]

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Review: Pompeii

It’s worth getting one thing straight right now. Pompeii, as a film is a ludicrous concept. A volcano is going to go off, that cannot be doubted. All plots regarding gladiatorial combat, love and romance, or political intrigue are ultimately secondary to the fact that, come sundown, a mountain is going to explode and pour […]

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Review: Eurovision

“The show was truly a miracle.” So spoke the Romanian presenter, whose penchant for wild exaggeration, like so much of Eurovision, escapes further scrutiny by merit of a sort of crazed audacity which withers under a truly critical eye. This review must begin with a confession. Until earlier this week, I had never heard of […]

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Review: Frank

The weird and wonderful events of director Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank begin with the fatal consumption of a ham and cheese panini, and a prophetic tweet: #livingthedream. Young, disillusioned, nine-to-five office worker Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) finds himself suddenly living his dream after spotting a disgruntled member of the band ‘Soronpfrbs’ trying to take his own life. […]

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Rendez-vous with French film at the Phoenix

With the announcement of the Cannes 2014 festival line up, the cinematic spotlight turns once more to the French Riviera and the selection of films on its roster. Opening night sees Dahan’s Grace of Monaco (Nicole Kidman playing the titular part) only a matter of kilometres from its natural home, while the competition sees strong […]

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Review: Mad Men ‘Time Zones’

Where some would say that a three-angled shot of a recently-shaved Don Draper is excessive, three angles cannot even begin to cover the many sides of Don that have gradually been revealed through the past six seasons of the hit show Mad Men. By the first episode of season seven the Mad Men cast is […]

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Review: The Lunchbox

On the basis of its plot alone, you might walk into The Lunchbox expecting a kind of Bollywood You’ve Got Mail. Prepare instead for a refined meditation on loneliness that is at once genuine and effortlessly heartwarming. Set in modern day Mumbai, the debut film of writer-director Ritesh Batra begins when Ila (Nimrat Kaur, known […]

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Review: W1A

While there’s still time before term starts, make sure you catch up with W1A. The sitcom set in the upper echelons of the BBC’s Broadcasting House had to live up to the success of its predecessor Twenty Twelve, and it has beautifully caught the modern horrors of office life and bureaucracy. Laughs aplenty, and with […]

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Review: Starred Up

Jack O’Connell, once of Skins fame, shines in this simple yet powerful drama about a young offender struggling against authority. It follows his 19 year old character, Eric Love, as he battles against staff, inmates, his father and his own temper when he is forced to fend for himself after being prematurely transferred to adult prison. Eric quickly makes enemies […]

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