The “murder mystery” once filled British bookcases and cinemas. Whilst the novels of Agatha Christie remain popular, murder mystery films had largely disappeared. That was, until the brilliant Knives Out was released in 2019. This film acknowledged the ridiculousness of the genre but pushed it further, creating a great meta-comedy which subverted the genre’s tropes. […]
Jean-Luc Godard, who always forged his own way in cinema- leading The French New Wave and later the radical film movement- forged his own way in death. Aged 91, he chose to die by assisted suicide at his home in Switzerland. Sight & Sound magazine once ranked him as the third most influential director of […]
“Will Smith just slapped the shit out of me.” The video posted by the Guardian has over 77 million views on YouTube, the already iconic image has spawned thousands of memes, and countless remixes have already dropped on TikTok. But the Oscars 2022 was more than a viral punch; there is a lot to unpack. […]
This article was originally submitted on the 29th March What is it like to make people laugh for a living? It involves a lot more tears (and delivery driving) than you might think. The new series from Fanny Herrero – showrunner of the internationally famous Call My Agent! – landed on Netflix last week and […]
This article was originally published in print on the 23rd March The BAFTAs 2022 took place on the 13th of March. Here’s a run-down of everything you need to know about the UK’s most prestigious film awards ceremony. Throughout this awards season it has been Jane Campions’ The Power of the Dog vying with Denis […]
Highclere Castle, the set of Downton Abbey, in the summer.
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Russell T. Davies delighted us with A Very English Scandal in May 2018. Two and a half years later the show is back with a new writer, a new story, and a new name. Rebranded A Very British Scandal, in a nod to the fact that much of the action takes place north […]
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Los Angeles: the kingdom of the stars, and those trying to make it, too. A place that today has beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and endless sprawling roads with bumper-to-bumper traffic. It seems at once glamorous and ugly. Filmmakers have an endless fascination with it as, more often than not, it’s the place where […]