From Dumbo to the Digital Age: Celebrating 90 years of Disney

Once upon a time, not too long ago, mere mention the name ‘Disney’ evoked blissful memories and rapturous emotion for viewers young and old. Films like Bambi and Dumbo have forever etched their names into the lore of immortal cinema, and the company’s entire enterprise is a great example of an utterly cornered market. Granted, […]

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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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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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Deep in the Hundred Acre Woods – A Review of Evil Dead

Sam Raimi once described his original The Evil Dead as The Three Stooges but with gore instead of custard pies. The 1981 version is the locus classicus of a myriad of horror tropes and clichés that have since been used and abused to death.  Many horror films that have come since owe their hallmarks to […]

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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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In love with Insanity: Silver Linings Playbook

Soon to be released on DVD, Silver Linings Playbook tests the limits of romantic comedy with its bleak and unflinching portrayal of mental illness. Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper star as Tiffany and Pat, two unemployed twenty-somethings struggling to rebuild their lives in the drab landscape of suburban America. Pat is a manic depressive former […]

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This House Believes that We Are All Feminists Now

Ayes: 125 Noes: 167 Back when the Oxford Union decided to admit female members in 1963, no one in their right mind could have claimed that “we are all feminists now”.  The first speaker, leading silk and barrister Michael Beloff, was Union president at the time. He remembers that the issue was “as controversial in […]

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