We’re here, we’re (not) queer, get used to it: Straightwashing in Hollywood

Amidst news of Scarlett Johansson’s casting as Major Motoko in Ghost in the Shell, many news outlets took an opportunity to begin a productive discussion about the problem of whitewashing in Hollywood. Less discussed, however, is Hollywood’s similar problem with ‘straightwashing’. The old adage holds that to make it in Hollywood, one has to ‘play […]

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Review: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

After the fun breath of fresh air that was First Class and the madcap time-travel antics of Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse is competent but ultimately disappointing, content to spin its wheels rather than moving the franchise forward in any discernible way, repeating what we’ve already seen before and falling back onto weightless CGI […]

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Oxford on Camera: Divinity Schools

Well, it was only a matter of time wasn’t it? I couldn’t write a column on film locations in Oxford without giving a nod to the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time. When confronted by a group of tourists perhaps the next most common question – after where’s the university?’ – that students […]

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Reviewing the OBA

Sheltering from the midday sun, I was grateful for the shade provided by the Phoenix Picturehouse’s second screen. I sank down into the seat and felt my shirt cling to the upholstery. Two became one, as I did my best Comic Book Guy impression, minus oversized beverage and ponytail. Collecting my thoughts before the Oxford […]

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Debate: Who should sit on the Iron Throne?

The Case for Daenerys Stormborn – Jack Cooper Daenerys Stormborn. House Targaryen, first of her name. Rightful heir to the Iron Throne, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, she-who-frequently-emerges-from-burning-structures-before-overturning-prior-social-structures. Westeros, say hello to your future Queen. Daenerys is a divisive figure amongst the GoT fandom. Her ability to conquer, and […]

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Grayson Perry: All Man

In a world which seems to want to move away from using gender to understand identity, artist Grayson Perry’s All Man is a fascinating look at the complexities and contradictions that make up modern masculinity, studying the extremes of society to get to the root of the “vortex of male dysfunction” he sees in Britain […]

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Review: Eddie the Eagle

Eddie The Eagle may not have flown in real life, but there are moments when he soars on-screen. Dexter Fletcher’s feel-good romp avoids the saccharine tones which have undermined other takes on the genre, and makes you forget that you actually know the ending. Latent nods to Billy Elliot and Cool Runnings make this a […]

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Cinepiphanies: Mamma Mia

Another term begins, and this intrepid reporter is still having his Screen Editor credentials called into question, this week’s scandal being that I’ve never seen Mamma Mia! Given its alleged status as a landmark in the world of musical theatre, I had certain expectations. As my friends and I settled down with a bottle of […]

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Zootropolis: The Difficulty of Using Animals as an Analogy for Race

If you’ve heard anything about Zootropolis (Zootopia in the U.S.), you’ve probably heard how ‘timely’ it is. In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, Disney has released a kid-friendly film addressing racial profiling, pseudo-scientific racism and other issues of racial – or ‘species-ist’ – bias. Although I’m not sure what these critics would call an ‘untimely’ time […]

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The New James Bond: Olivia Colman?

‘The political correctness insanity is such a big fat ugly disgusting little disgrace. I heard Kanye West Fetty Wap Juicy J , Idris Elba , Chris brown and possibly a Bruce Jenner equivalent lookin guy are front runners now for that James Bond role. Whatta buncha political correctness addicted media specialists who also suggesting we […]

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