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Is Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop adaptation doomed from the start?

There is something about a live action anime adaptation that people can’t quite seem to get right. The track record over the last few years is less spotty and more a complete wash – with stinkers such as Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, The Last Airbender and more recently Netflix’s much derided Death Note […]

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Marvel produces real cinema

When someone asks you about the greatest cinematic accomplishments of all time, I doubt the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the first thing that comes to mind. Despite the MCU’s ceaseless success and each film in the franchise averaging at an almost billion dollars box office each, they have faced many critics, most notably being Martin […]

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Matthew McConaughey: heart-throb, movie star, Oscar winner,… governor of Texas?

It’d be crazy, of course, for a high-profile figure from the world of entertainment to suddenly and successfully transition into politics, and even crazier for them to reach the highest offices, wouldn’t it? No, actually, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 40 years. Entertainers have a better chance than anyone at […]

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Chloe Zhao’s milestone in film history

At at a time clouded by hate and by othering, the news of Chloe Zhao being the first Asian woman to win best director at the Golden Globes, brings hope. Against the backdrop of furore towards the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, Chloe’s appearance at the award shone like never before. Although the Hollywood Foreign […]

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Celebrating female creators- Emerald Fennell

In honour of International Women’s Day, I want to share the work of Emerald Fennell. Some may recognise her as Camilla in The Crown, but for me, Fennell is a screenwriter and producer whose work I have come to enjoy. What I like most about Fennell is her versatility in her career, which is only […]

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Why I won’t be watching the film Music

CW: Ableism It’s difficult to know where exactly to start with the saga surrounding Sia’s debut feature Music. Public awareness of the controversy began with the moment that Sia started insulting autistic actors on Twitter after they rightfully criticised the casting of Maddie Ziegler, a neurotypical actress, in an autistic role. The online autistic community […]

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‘Scandi content is handy’: the role of global content in the streaming race

“Begun, the streaming wars have.” Oh look, a Star Wars reference AND a joke that’s already a cliche. I know, I’m sorry. For those not keeping score at home, the major worldwide players now include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV+.  HBO Max, Paramount+ (the upcoming rebrand of CBS All Access, whose naming […]

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“A plague that was allowed to happen”: Confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic through TV and cinema

Almost thirty years ago, on the 3rd of July, 1981 Lawrence K. Altman published an article in The New York Times that would come to be known as the “gay cancer” story. This was one of the first mentions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in mainstream society, and it would undoubtedly become paramount in perpetuating harmful […]