Review: Logan

If you’re anything like me, your first response to hearing they were making another Wolverine film would’ve been some sort of resigned, strangled concoction of vowels and despair. After X-Men: Apocalypse took home the lifetime achievement award for services to blandness and coming off the back of two solo Wolverine duds, expectations were not high […]

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Review: Hidden Figures

The Hidden Figures trailer had me at hello. The golden, formidable trifecta of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe set expectations sky-high to a fast-paced, unapologetic of a teaser trailer promising a fiercely unfettered script. Frustratingly however, the film never quite reaches lift off. Still featuring fantastic production value and gorgeous costuming, Hidden Figures is still […]

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Strictly Come La La Land: Oxstu Editors vs That Dance

You may remember That Dance from the soon-to-be-Oscar winner La La Land. Well, we know what you’ve all been wondering. What would it look like if Oxstu deputy editor Lizzie Shelmerdine and former Oxstu deputy editor Louis Trupia attempted to unleash their inner Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and recreate That Dance? The answer? It’s […]

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Screen Tropes Discontinued: Use At Your Own Risk

Some tropes in films and television are well-meaning or at least necessary given the limitations of the medium in question. Movies and TV are meant to be entertaining, so it makes sense that we often never see characters doing normal things like watching TV. Part of our suspension of disbelief incorporates reasonable relaxations of expectations […]

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Moonlight: Review of the ACS Advance Screening

“It’s like watching a feeling”. Raleigh Ritchie’s expression of what it is to experience Moonlight says it all. On February 12th, the Oxford University African and Caribbean Society hosted an advance screening of Moonlight at The Phoenix Picturehouse. The film showing was followed by a thoughtful and oft humorous discussion and Q&A with singer, songwriter, […]

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‘And the winner is…’: The modern value of award shows

Hollywood is drawing to the end of movie awards season, with stars and films alike receiving some of the industry’s most-coveted titles. The internet is awash with videos of acceptance speeches and on-stage performances, and style bloggers are in their element as they survey the red carpet fashion. But these days, with anyone having the […]

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Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

Batman’s back, but you’d be forgiven for wondering whether he’d ever gone away.  As Alfred        describes the numerous ‘phases’ the Caped Crusader has been through, you realise just how well established the character’s mythos is. It is, therefore, rather fitting that this Lego incarnation both leans on and lampoons this chequered past, and delivers a […]

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Why Netflix Originals are Overtaking Television

The recent announcement that Netflix is branching out into the world of merchandise only serves to remind us of the overwhelming success of their original content. With hits such as Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black sporting the label of ‘Netflix Originals’, it seems that the subscription service can do no wrong. The […]

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Gilmore Girls: ‘A Year in the Life’ and the culture of revivals

In an age where news of television and film revivals is so frequent that it increasingly seems to be met with a chorus of despairing sighs, Netflix’s announcement that they were making Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life appeared to be an exception to the general trend. While there are concerns that reboots- from […]

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