Christmas Catch-Up

If you’re looking to catch up on films you’ve missed this year over the Christmas vac, you can’t do any better than an evening in with Alan Partridge. Ardent Partridge fans approached the film with trepidation upon the release of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (not the most catchy title, but mightily better than the first […]

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Horror Story, Horror Show

American Horror Story is back and is weirder than ever, a feat that I didn’t believe possible. I’ll admit I was excited when I heard the new season would be centered around witches but I’m not so enthused now that it’s actually begun. Creator/writer Ryan Murphy is continuing to push the envelope of what can […]

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Don’t Stick to the Script

It is refreshing to see new television comedies taking risks and not sticking with the tired old sitcom formula, and the best example is The Wrong Mans. A comedy-thriller-espionage-drama, in the mould of 24 according to its creators, but more like “Carry on Hitchcock”, it’s been a rip-roaring ride that carefully toes the line between […]

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Out of Breath

For decades the BBC has dominated the genre of medical drama with its soapy duo Casualty and Holby City. This month ITV are attempting to fight back with new creation Breathless, a drama tracking the doctors and nurses of a new NHS hospital in 1960s London. In the depiction of the ‘60s ITV owe as […]

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Ain’t This Movie Good

Movies love a good bank heist; prison breaks aren’t bad either – you could probably base some kind of long-form television drama on those. In Ain’t Them Bodies Saints though, these dramatic situations are merely off-screen plot points to enable the telling of the dark romantic tale at its centre. Young and besotted couple Ruth and […]

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The Next Best Thing

Along with action blockbusters, the horror genre is probably the one which gets accused of stagnancy the most; the perception that films are only greenlit if they follow the money-making cinema trends is a popular one, and a largely correct one. Franchises like Paranormal Activity stretch on past their welcome, but still inexplicably turn profits. […]

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Not Quite Conjuring Up a Storm

You could be forgiven for thinking that Patrick Wilson enjoys being scared witless. After his turn in Insidious as a terrified father combating supernatural forces, and with that film’s sequel due out next month, Wilson is back in the meantime in The Conjuring, a horror film which plays it too safe, but doesn’t do all […]

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The Heat Is On

I felt compelled to write this article upon seeing the publicity for the new Paul Feig comedy, The Heat. Feig, hailed by one liberal-minded broadsheet as “Hollywood’s accidental feminist”, was the director of Bridesmaids, and co-creator of Freaks ‘n’ Geeks, a cult 90s sitcom that shot Judd Apatow (Superbad, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Pineapple […]

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Gosling and Gore: Five Stars for Only God Forgives

It takes something special to make a big splash at the Cannes Film Festival, but director Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) hit upon one sure-fire technique this year: lash your film with almost unreal amounts of gore. Only God Forgives was booed off the screen at the festival, mauled in first-look reviews, and come release, is suffering from similar […]

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Top 5 Subjects for TV Addicts

Maintaining a burgeoning TV addiction and attempting to do a degree on the side can be an incredibly difficult task for any student in Oxford. Tutors often have the gall to set huge amounts of time-consuming work that can tear you away from the JCR TV or your laptop screen, and place you in the […]

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