Film



Review: Licorice Pizza

18th March 2022

Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming of age 70s schmaltzy flick was made in bad taste. Warning: (Slight) spoilers ahead! Licorice Pizza, Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest flick, has been getting hype online for a while now since the first critics got to see it, and so I was so excited to finally make a trip to the ...


The 50:50 auteur/amateur canon

23rd January 2022

Megan considers actors who have done equal amounts tremendous and terrible work across their careers and the nuance they bring to ostensibly trashy projects. What makes a good film? It’s a question that’s difficult to answer even when viewing a finished product, so it must be infinitely harder for actors deciding to work on a ...


Orientation opposites: should straight actors be allowed to play gay?

6th January 2022

Margaret Hartness explains why sexual orientation should not stunt screen talent. In 2015, at a press conference for his film Legend, Tom Hardy quietly shut down a reporter who asked about his sexuality with one simple question: “Why?”. Why was it anyone’s business? The reporter had no answer to give. Or, if he did, his ...


Film school versus free spirits: does good directing truly depend on years of study?

5th January 2022

Marine examines the pros and cons of the output of creators who deferred to the traditional academic route, compared those who were self-taught and experimented on their own terms. When asked who my favourite director is, I answer without hesitation every time: Darren Aronofsky. I fell in love with cinema thanks to Requiem for a ...


A love letter to my ultimate comfort film: D.E.B.S. (2004)

18th December 2021

Dora reflects on her favourite movie, the iconically queer school girls-turned government agents comedy romance. When I first had the dawning realisation that I might not be the bona fide heterosexual I had convinced myself I was, I naturally had something of an identity crisis. As a confused, insecure, and late-to-the-party queer person, I turned ...


Fashion on Film: Euphoria

17th November 2021

Lorna Doyle explains why Euphoria emboldened her to make braver fashion choices. Lauded as Gen Z’s answer to Skins, HBO’s 2019 drama Euphoria lives up to the style of the classic teen drama rooted in the extremes of sex, drugs, depression, and an accompanying sense of impending doom. Euphoria was the first instance of mainstream ...


Trouble in Tinseltown: the fallout of film crews threatening picketing

17th November 2021

In October 2021 blue-collar film workers threatened to bring Hollywood to a standstill through strikes. Patrick explores what became of the worker’s cries of mistreatment. This autumn, the negotiations between IATSE, the union representing film workers in the USA and Canada, and AMPTP, the association representing production companies such as Netflix, Disney, and Amazon, went ...


Schoolin’ life: Absence of the uni experience on TV

22nd September 2021

Bea Crawford laments the lost university experience on the small-screen due to the disproportionate amount of wild, teen-centred series If the new Gossip Girl reboot has taught us anything, it’s this: TV producers love to portray an edgy high school experience. From Skins to Riverdale and Euphoria, the running theme across most teen shows today ...


Pathetic phallusy: How gent’s genitals have dick-tated comedy in film

21st September 2021

A look into the “cocky” humour wielded by men in 2000s American movies When it comes to raunch-coms, I have never been much of a fan. There are, however, some obvious exceptions – one of which being Superbad which I treated like some sort of religious text during the less put-together phases of my teen ...


Sports on the big screen: Goon

8th September 2021

To kick off our new series, Investigations Editor Jordan reflects on how the sports film Goon impacted his own sporting career Goons, enforcers, and other unflattering names have all been given to many athletes from all across the sports world, from the ironically named Metta World Peace and Dennis Rodman in basketball, to football’s Marco ...