Culture



Review: The Suicide Squad

28th August 2021

James Gunn crafts an anarchic summer blockbuster, with more than enough thrills and chuckles to be worth the price of admission. I still have nightmares about the last Suicide Squad movie. Jared Leto’s Joker somehow slithers into my subconscious whilst I sleep, mocking me with his awfulness and his irreversibility. “You can’t undo me” he ...


Matchbox Cine presents Shelf Life (1993)

23rd August 2021

Matchbox Cine facilitates post-lockdown cinema watching this month with a hybrid in person and online screening of Paul Bartel’s early 90s drama comedy Having attended many online events over the last year, including film screenings and festivals, it is obvious that they are in some ways, shockingly, better. Being a disabled film fan, accessibility is ...


Alfie Templeman: ‘It’s going to be magical seeing so many people turn up to gigs and finally experiencing these songs in real-time.’

20th May 2021

18-year-old Alfie Templeman reflects on a surreal year spent in lockdown and discusses his newest mini-album, Forever Isn’t Long Enough. Alfie Templeman spent lockdown in his bedroom and celebrated his 18th birthday at home like any other teenager his age. Yet, there’s one remarkable difference. Alfie plays everything – from drums to guitar to the piano ...


Keeping up with the trends

8th May 2021

Delving into pop culture tropes. Tropes and cliches are usually some of the first things brought up when people are discussing media. Is X trope subverted well, does Y drag the story down, does Z make it predictable? There are entire websites dedicated to tropes in entertainment (and I will admit, I’m very partial to ...


Neo-obsession: imagining the future

14th April 2021

Culture is always looking forward. The year is 2015. Flying cars dart like shooting stars across motorways in the clouds. Nike trainers have replaced normal laces with electronic “power laces”. Jackets automatically adjust to the measurements of their wearer. The criminal justice system can sentence people within a matter of hours, owing to the abolition ...


Edgy reboots: right or ridiculous?

14th April 2021

Not even Scooby-Doo gets to be happy anymore. Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia. As a result, in recent years we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of early-00s childhood-show reboots. For example, Fate: The Winx Saga is one such reboot which reimagines the much-loved early-00s animated series Winx Club in live-action. The original ...


Is piracy ever justified?

16th March 2021

Though it might’ve been a different story pre-pandemic, now it’s not. Think back to the time when you first got the internet and made use of the torrent sites to convert the YouTube video of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi into an MP3 to download on your iPod Nano. Or maybe it was Rihanna’s Shut Up and ...


Memories of a Gig: Weyes Blood

11th March 2021

Next up is Anastasija Svarevska, whose Memory of a Gig is a little more exotic than the rainy, freezing queue outside of the Hydro, but the rather notorious, celeb-studded Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, in which Weyes Blood played a monumental set. It’s March 2020: my repatriation flights from Australia back home to the good ...


Review: Gunda (GFF)

7th March 2021

Gunda brings filmmaking back to its very core: the moving image. Gunda opens with a single shot of postpartum tranquillity. Our heroine lies in a bed of straw as her heavenly babies emerge into the frame. A litter of piglets snort and screech as they fight for their mother’s milk. Gunda, the sow and star ...


Review: Limbo (GFF)

7th March 2021

Limbo follows the emotional journey of a Syrian refugee in Scotland, as he both passes the time with his friends and overcomes a crisis of identity. Limbo is a film that will touch your heart on multiple occasions. The second film from Scottish director Ben Sharrock tells the story of asylum seekers and refugees living ...