Television

Watchmen mirrors the brutal reality of the US political landscape

November 13, 2019

Ostensibly a remix rather than direct adaptation of Alan Moore’s iconic 1987 comic, HBO’s “Watchmen” offers a contemporary political perspective on one of the core texts of modern superhero fiction, introducing a largely new cast of characters into a universe that seems all too close to reality while humming with an air of the fantastical.

Television

Fractured fails to stray from classic thriller tropes

October 30, 2019

From the onset, there is a sense of foreboding in the new Netflix thriller, “Fractured.” This is possibly due to the fact that the plot of the movie seems very familiar to “Shutter Island” and “Flight Plan”, where actress Jodie Foster searches for her missing daughter on a flight.

Television

RuPaul’s Drag Race takes the UK by storm

October 30, 2019

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finally got under way at the start of October, and the judgment is still out on whether it’s just the US version with a British coat of paint.

Television

Stranger Things season four trailer sparks suspicions

October 16, 2019

Known for its cinematic essence of the 1980’s, Stranger Things pays homage to the pop culture of that decade. Its success can be owed to the retro soundtrack, first-class performances and impeccable writing. Creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers, borrow the aesthetic and theme of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg films alike. 

Television

The Politician serves as a satire of student politics

October 16, 2019

Netflix’s The Politician premiered on the streaming site on September 27th 2019 and despite being hailed as “hollow” and “mean” by critics it is currently one of the highest rated shows on Netflix.

Features

Make politics sexy again

April 17, 2019

On The West Wing, politics was made sexy, and this appears to be the attitude figures like Beto and Pete are longing to return to. How can they, as presidential candidates, simultaneously be James Dean and Abraham Lincoln?

Television

Jane the Virgin set to wow audiences in its final season

April 15, 2019

Coming into its fifth and final season, Jane the Virgin has its eyes set on more drama and cliffhangers throughout the entire season. After season fours’ agonising finale, the writers’ and Baldoni have said that fans can’t even begin to imagine the suspense that is in store.

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The Hills are alive with the sound of new beginnings

April 15, 2019

Although, we can all look forward to the ‘slightly-scripted’ drama, it is doubtful that ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ will have as big an influence on popular music as the original show. It was comparable to the Top of the Pops of the late 2000’s.

Articles

Self-love isn’t necessarily selfish

April 3, 2019

These shows offer advice and tips on how to get your life in order, whether it be your house or your general hygiene and style. People have always had a fascination with these shows because watching someone either grow in confidence, or be able to see the floor of their bedroom again feels satisfactory to us.

Television

Hug me brotha! Drake and Josh are back

April 3, 2019

Most original viewers would now fall in the age range of 17-25 whilst Drake and Josh are both 32 years of age. Finding the right mix in a revival such as this one will be difficult as, if it is targeting the original audience, Nickelodeon will no longer be a suitable platform.

Television

Do true crime shows and docuseries affect ongoing cases?

April 3, 2019

Yes, true crime documentaries offer an insight into the cases and the facts, but they also have created a trend of avid fans taking the law into their own hands. The perfect example of this is with the Steven Avery case whereby one of his prosecutors has had his car shot at, and packages explode in his office.

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Ricky Gervais comes to terms with the afterlife

April 3, 2019

During the first three episodes Tony tries to come to terms with the loss of Lisa and spirals into depression, Tony is hardened by the grief he is experiencing and we watch him go about his everyday life in the aftermath of his loss.

Television

Umbrella Academy, a delightful surprise

March 6, 2019

While 10, hour long episodes allow for plenty of time to explore the newly established world it does become unnecessarily eccentric and drawn out with a few random and unnecessary dance sequences that should have been left out.