Mud: Jeff Nichols goes back to his roots

In his third directorial outing, Jeff Nichols takes things back to the Arkansas of his childhood and his directorial début, Shotgun Stories.  The nostalgia dial that they have in Hollywood production suites – the one that makes everything dappled and golden and just a little shaky – is set to eleven as the fourteen year-old […]

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The End of Celluloid Film?

As you read this, film buffs the world over quarrel fervently over something that you and I would probably never be able to discern with our layman’s eyes. Something that (at first glance) seems so monumentally unimportant that we’d be happy to take either side, content that the results garnered would be much the same. […]

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Nashville keeps its country charm

Callie Khouri’s Nashville-set drama focussing on the country music business has now hit mid-season, and is still going strong. Although it can be predictable, there are enough twists and surprises, especially in terms of character development, to keep you hooked. Reigning ‘queen of country’ Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and tween fan-magnet Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) […]

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Swanning around in Black Tie

As part of Keble Arts Festival, on Thursday Oxford’s own Hacked Off Films followed last term’s successful Ferris Bueller’s Day Off screening with an immersive tribute to Darren Aronofsky’s unsettling psychodrama, Black Swan. After its release in 2010 the film saw Natalie Portman deservedly scoop up multiple Best Actress awards for her appearance as ambitious […]

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Wes Craven’s Scream moves to the Small Screen

Last week MTV confirmed rumours that have been flying around for almost a year by announcing that Wes Craven’s Scream franchise will be adapted into a television programme. The pilot isn’t due to land until Summer 2014, but journalists and bloggers have already turned to various animal-related clichés, suggesting that this is a case of […]

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Celebrating Women in Film

Spielberg. Tarantino. Boyle. Nolan. What do some of the biggest household names in cinema have in common? They are all male. It’s a sad fact that even in 2013, women are underrepresented and often underappreciated in the entertainment industry. Distinguished actresses like Meryl Streep and Maggie Smith may have racked up multiple Best Actress Oscars […]

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Irresistibly Awful: Made In Chelsea Season 5

Made in Chelsea is arguably the most divisive programme on television. More than any other show, it polarises viewers; there are those that decry the inept plotting, dreadful dialogue and woeful attempts at acting, yet fans find every ridiculous plot twist more enjoyable than the last.  By all conventional measures, MiC ranks amongst the worst […]

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The Decline and Fall of Glee

Sometimes, things happen which are difficult to explain: Snuggies, Keeping Up With the Kardashians (‘so like, you just WATCH their LIVES?’) and that weird meteorite thing that hit Russia the other week which nobody’s really talking about are all good examples. Perhaps the most perplexing phenomenon of our time occurred last Friday, when FOX announced […]

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Mad Men Review

After an achingly long wait, the unmistakeable churning of strings signifies the return of Mad Men. Matthew Weiner left us with many unanswered questions: did Don manage to keep that new leaf upturned? How will Joan fare as a partner in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (Harris Campbell)? Will Pete Campbell ever grow up? In this […]

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