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Have A Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

Donick Cary’s Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics is by no means the first honest documentary about psychedelic drugs that exists, but it is probably the first to break rapidly into the mainstream. For so many people, this will be their first glance into this forbidden world, and most probably they will be left […]

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Cult Column: The Phantom of the Opera

During lockdown it seems unavoidable to have a nostalgic craving to revisit films that we have adored for years. Joel Schumacher’s 2004 adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is one of my earliest memories in life and I have watched it more times than I would dare to admit. It is […]

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Culture Literature

Lockdown Literature Challenge: Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’

I am a reader who has an obsessive need for finding the perfect music for anything I read. I need another dimension to the story, a glimpse into my subconscious associations. A year ago, upon my first read of Stephen King’s The Long Walk, I became captured by James Newton Howard’s song I’m Listening. It […]

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Cult Column: The Silence of the Lambs

Jonathan Demme’s 1991 Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’ novel series, made me realise something deeply disturbing about the Contemporary Movie Viewer. The premise of the film, wherein a cannibal helps a young FBI cadet capture a serial killer who skins his victims and sews their skin together, sparked an avalanche of outrage from […]

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TV

Élite Season Three

I find my hands tied in writing this review to not give spoilers as the ending of season three of the Spanish series Élite, and by this I mean, the last one episode, single-handedly makes an otherwise impressive series leave a sickening aftertaste. After praising Elite for almost three seasons in its ability to not […]

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Cult Column Film

Watership Down: Not Suitable For Children?

Everything happens at dusk. Dusk is when blood oozes from the tree roots to flood the open meadows. This is when the claws and teeth rip flesh into shreds, and this is when the ghost arrives, its eyes flashing red, calling you. Dusk is the time of death in its purest beauty, and in its […]

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TV

Love is Blind

Netflix’s new reality show turned out to be a tangled mess. But it’s also brutally indicative of the way Western society currently falls in love. Or into attraction. Or marriage. And after all, television. As chaotic, unorthodox and cringeworthy Love is Blind is, it is a crystal-clear societal mirror. The show claims to be a […]

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Film

Cult Column: Donnie Darko

I have watched Donnie Darko twice, a few months apart. The first time I saw the theatrical release. The second, I saw the director’s cut, which contained a plot dimension entirely missing from the first one. However, as the credits rolled, I still had little idea what this movie is about. The only thing I […]