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Film

Johnny Depp, Amber Heard and the role of the audience

Content Warning: Domestic abuse, sexual assault Should viewing begin and end with the events that unfold on screen, or should the public audience take a moral stance on the actions of the actors that portray a story?  The recent libel lawsuit between Johnny Depp and The Sun has brought this difficult question into the spotlight. […]

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Film

What’s with all the Willy Wonka wonderment?

The sudden popularity of the 2005 adaptation shows growing awareness of the film’s unsettling undertones. There have been two adaptations of Roald Dahl’s classic story, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. One, all the way back in 1971, features the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The other – released in 2005 – stars the eccentric […]

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Cult Column Film

Cult Column: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Albeit cliché to cite a Wikipedia definition, the niche categorisation of an ‘American psychedelic satirical black comedy road film’ to Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas seems particularly original. If you’ve never heard of this genre, that might be because it didn’t come into existence until the outlandish 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. […]

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Features

Can we enjoy the art of problematic celebrities?

Content warning: sexual assault, rape. As you scroll down your Twitter feed, it’s the same nightmarish story over and over again: our heroes are abusers. On hearing the recent allegations against George Takei, many were distraught. As The Guardian reported last week, Takei has been accused of having groped, and attempted to undress, an unconscious […]

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Film Reviews

Murder on the Orient Express

Like a gimmick on a comedy sketch show, Murder on The Orient Express brings together an all-star cast to collectively satirise a ridiculous film from the 1970s. The only difference is that this cast doesn’t seem to get the joke. Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this remake of the 1974 film, adapted from the […]

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Culture Literature

Black Mass

Why, The Student, are you reviewing a non-fiction book that was released 17 years ago?’ you may ask. Because, dear reader, it was adapted into a Johnny Depp-starring blockbuster 18 months back, and has consequently and predictably been re-released with a swanky new cover. In case the film passed you by, here’s the plot in […]

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Film

Black Mass

“It’s not what you do. It’s when and where you do it. And who you do it to, or with”, A strong lesson from a transformed Johnny Depp in Black Mass; a film following the criminal career of infamous Irish-American mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. In a long awaited return to form, Depp portrays the protagonist with […]