Has Sony lost the plot?

No one expected Sony’s 2015 to be a smooth ride. After the unprecedented international incident surrounding The Interview, and the subsequent hack that splattered the gory innards of the studio’s workings all over the press, they suffered conflict from within and a flurry of poor publicity. And their attempt to recover from their two-pronged setback […]

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The OBA Shorts Screening

It wasn’t a promising start. It was midday, always distressingly early to be engaging in cultural activities, and a post-ball Sunday. As people queued for the annual Oxford Broadcasting Association’s screening of student-made films there was much swigging from water bottles and rather desperate dragging of cigarettes (ok, I’m mostly talking about myself here). Feeling […]

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Review: Mad Max Fury Road

  I probably wasn’t the obvious choice to review the new installation of the Mad Max franchise. It’s not that I don’t like action films; I can enjoy Fast and Furious, Mission Impossible or whatever two hours of car chases and eye-watering stunts are on offer with the best of them. But there’s just always […]

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Review: Wild Tales

The ‘anthology’ is a narrative structure that is rarely used in contemporary cinema. When it does appear, it tends to be in fun, but frivolous horror movies such as VHS (2012) and The ABCs of Death (2012). To see it appearing in a film shown in competition at Cannes last year, where it received enormous […]

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This week in TV: The Game and W1A

Think Cold War espionage – what are the first things that spring to mind? Obscurely named missions and animal related code signals (‘the geese fly south at midnight!’)? Clench-jawed negotiations accompanied by liberal swigging of vodka? Hammy Russian accents and sharp suits? If so, the makers of BBC 2’s new Cold War spy drama, The […]

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Review: John Wick

It’s been a long time since Keanu Reeves’ last success as a genuine movie star. So long that many may have given up hope of witnessing again the charismatic onscreen presence that lit up The Matrix Trilogy and Point Break. With The Day the Earth Stood Still and 47 Ronin as our most recent and […]

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Countdown: The three worst politicians on TV

1. Malcom Tucker, The Thick of It No list of unscrupulous fictional politicians would be complete without the foul-mouthed master of spin himself. Ed Miliband recently said in an interview with the Radio Times that he avoids watching The Thick of It because ‘it’s too much like reality’ – not exactly reassuring. 2. Frank Underwood, […]

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GoT: The show that would be king

In television, it’s extremely easy to label something ‘phenomenal’. The finalists of Britain’s Got Talent show phenomenal talent when performing; the standard of play on Super Sunday is at times phenomenal; even seeing people fail miserably at Total Wipeout is phenomenally entertaining. However few shows, if any, can claim to be a phenomenon in and […]

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Review: Cinderella

Grit and realism have been the watchword of so much modern cinema, with such remakes as Malificent and Snow White and the Huntsmen being all too keenly picked apart from their roots. By comparison Kenneth Branagh’s decision to buck the trend and stick to the source material is a refreshing one, and with commendable performances […]

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