Funny… for a woman – equality in comedy

It’s a man’s world, and in comedy that holds true. Whether it’s Hollywood or stand-up, the funny side of the entertainment business is a largely male-dominated arena. When asked, ‘Who is your favourite comedian or actor?’, answers like Seth Rogen and Aziz Ansari often come before anyone mentions Betty White or Tina Fey. When an […]

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The title card for Fleabag

Fleabag – hilarity powered by sympathy

Anyone turning to Fleabag for the first time cannot but help bring with them a whole parade of preconceptions about modern comedy as it tells the tale of the socially awkward singleton, the overly-open protagonist, the emotionally damaged and manipulative, dishonest and perverted owner of a guinea-pig themed café in London. The creator and main […]

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Manos, The Hands of Fate: a classic Bad Movie

The strange renaissance of the bad movie

Last year, professional oddball James Franco directed and starred in The Disaster Artist, a movie documenting the making of The Room (2003). Directed, written, and produced by, as well as starring, the mysterious Tommy Wiseau, The Room is mesmerizingly awful on every level, and was panned by every critic who saw it on its original […]

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Director Miloš Forman

Obituary: Miloš Forman

Contemplating the possible reasons for his presence at the 48th Academy Awards, Miloš Forman wittily suggested that academy members had recognised his directorial work because “Last year I spent more time in a mental institution than the others [nominees]”. Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest managed the great achievement of the Oscar ‘Big 5’ […]

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Wild Wild Country: scandal and spirituality in the Midwest

From indie one-timer Will Allen’s semi-autobiographical Holy Hell, to bona fide Hollywood giant Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, filmmakers have always been attracted to cults. There is something eerily attractive about life on the inside. The latest addition to the already well-stocked library of documentaries on this subject is Chaplain and Maclain Way’s neat, Netflix-funded […]

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For fans of Heath Ledger this image alone is a tearjerker...

Our top 5 tearjerkers

Here at Oxford we don’t always need help when we want to have a cry, but there’ll always be a place in our film collection for those movies that earn a sob or two. These are our top 5 tearjerkers:   Brokeback Mountain (2005) Brokeback Mountain is a tale of forbidden love between two cowboys, Jack, […]

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Mario Kart in full flow

The majesty of Mario Kart Wii

Believe it or not fellow gamers, but April 11th 2018 marked the 10th anniversary of Mario Kart Wii’s UK release. In honour of the game that encouraged hubris, pathos and lifelong grudges, let’s take a look back at some of the game’s most notable tracks:   Luigi Circuit Colloquial Names: Basic Boi, Noob Street No, […]

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Vasilina Makovtseva in A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature: a dark exploration of a ruined people

A Gentle Creature, Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s third narrative film, is bleak, grotesque and mercilessly compelling. The title’s ‘gentle creature’ (Vasilina Makovtseva), a Russian woman with her husband behind bars, finds one day that her parcel to him has been returned without explanation. Travelling through a shattered country to discover why her spouse has disappeared […]

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Chuck Bass: dangerous misogynist

How Gossip Girl normalised abuse

Gossip Girl: the iconic teen drama about the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, to quote the anonymous blogger herself. A classic binge-watch for countless young adults, the show’s influence is great even six years after its finale, both due to Blair’s notoriously preppy wardrobe and, though by no means the first or last series to […]

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