Review: Embrace of the Serpent

The film industry has had a long, and often clichéd, relationship with the Amazon rainforest. This vibrant land mass has formed the backdrop of only a small handful of recognisable narratives. We are now familiar with exploitative colonisers, adventurous treasure-hunters and threatening tribespeople. And in each portrayal of the rainforest, from Cannibal Holocaust to Fitzcarraldo, […]

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Oxford on Camera: Divinity Schools

Well, it was only a matter of time wasn’t it? I couldn’t write a column on film locations in Oxford without giving a nod to the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time. When confronted by a group of tourists perhaps the next most common question – after where’s the university?’ – that students […]

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Cinepiphanies: Mamma Mia

Another term begins, and this intrepid reporter is still having his Screen Editor credentials called into question, this week’s scandal being that I’ve never seen Mamma Mia! Given its alleged status as a landmark in the world of musical theatre, I had certain expectations. As my friends and I settled down with a bottle of […]

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Zootropolis: The Difficulty of Using Animals as an Analogy for Race

If you’ve heard anything about Zootropolis (Zootopia in the U.S.), you’ve probably heard how ‘timely’ it is. In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, Disney has released a kid-friendly film addressing racial profiling, pseudo-scientific racism and other issues of racial – or ‘species-ist’ – bias. Although I’m not sure what these critics would call an ‘untimely’ time […]

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The Best of Brontë

While the 400th anniversary of Shakepeare’s death has received a lot of attention recently, Charlotte Brontë’s 200th birthday has been overlooked by comparison. To compensate, here is a run-down of four of the best screen adaptations of her seminal novel Jane Eyre, so you know which DVD to reach for in order to celebrate in […]

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The New James Bond: Olivia Colman?

‘The political correctness insanity is such a big fat ugly disgusting little disgrace. I heard Kanye West Fetty Wap Juicy J , Idris Elba , Chris brown and possibly a Bruce Jenner equivalent lookin guy are front runners now for that James Bond role. Whatta buncha political correctness addicted media specialists who also suggesting we […]

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Review: Room

Lenny Abrahamson’s awards-tipped drama, Room, threatens to be nothing short of a two hour emotional bludgeoning of the audience at the hands of a story all the more nightmarish for its basis in fact. Brie Larson plays Joy Newsome, incarcerated for seven years along with her five year old son, Jack, (Jacob Tremblay), for whom […]

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Alan Rickman: A Tribute

For a long time, you’d have been forgiven for associating Alan Rickman with the typecast ‘bad guy’. His career certainly started that way, with his seductive portrayal of the mordant villain Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s 1986 stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His arrival on the film scene, too, saw him play a trio of […]

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