1 star ⭐ CW: ableism It’s Oscar season, and one thing is certain: it’s Oscar-bait season too. A slew of films are inevitably thrown out in late autumn and winter in the hopes of catching the Academy’s attention at the right time, such as the dire Hillbilly Elegy (2020). Riding on the coattails of Bohemian […]
The new age of the music biopic
It has long been said that the greatest mark of success for any singer is to see themselves immortalised on the silver-screen. Who could forget Eminem’s iconic performance in 8 mile, or indeed Jamie Foxx’s moving portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray? Enter the 21st centuries new favourite genre: the music biopic. The biopic genre […]
The iconic line “Oh no, not me/never lost control/you’re face to face with the man who sold the world” is hard to imagine without the circular and sensational guitar riff that follows. The kind of guitar riff that lodges into your brain and refuses to ever be forgotten until you’re stuck humming it to yourself […]
Why is ABBA ‘cool’ again?
Down a dark alley on a Saturday night, a warehouse fills with sequins. A disco ball, suspended from exposed pipes, reflects a sea of writhing figures. The air is thick with lyrics screamed at no one and everyone, a sort of mass worship as the beat troughs and peaks. The dancers are a troupe of […]
Almost one year ago, a picture of Years & Years album Communion placed in a ‘gay’ section in a music store in Germany rocked Twitter. Although Olly Alexander, the band’s leader, is openly gay and frequently takes inspirations from his personal experiences, this classification surprised him: “Can you really label a style of music ‘gay’?” […]