Willy Wonka comes to Oxford: work begins on Timothee Chalamet’s new film

Image Description: Timothee Chalamet running along Catte Street [Credit: Tara Shutes]   Central Oxford saw work begin for filming on ‘Wonka’, Warner Bros Studios’ newest film, based on Roald Dahl’s fictional character Willy Wonka. Since the weekend technicians have been working on the Radcliffe Camera, with a large crane seen over the building on Sunday, […]

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Review: Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

It feels like only yesterday when my eleven-year-old-self was given an old copy of Empire magazine by my father. It listed the greatest science fiction films of all time, and the dystopian section of the publication immediately caught my eye. Or perhaps it was the glaring, stylised eye of the figure in the image that […]

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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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Books on the Big Screen

The choice to entirely change a book’s plot might be controversial, but no reader can expect filmmakers to translate literature word for word onto the silver screen, nor can the author hope to have any creative role once the rights have been sold. Changes don’t necessarily do disservice to the original literature and its meaning, […]

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Oscars so Abled? The Overwhelming Frequency of Non-disabled Actors Portraying Disabled Characters

Ever since Dustin Hoffman won the Oscar for Best Actor playing Rain Man, half of Best Actor Oscars have been won by men playing characters with significant disability. The 2018 Academy Awards have recently graced our screens; including Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar-winning performance last year in The Theory of Everything as motor neurone disease (MND) sufferer […]

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