Stranger Things, video tapes and the fluttering nature of nostalgia

Every generation has a way of accessing their childhood entertainment that ends up being wholly redundant. Technology drags us forward at breakneck speed, yet those moments in time carry such satisfyingly plump nostalgic weight, they stay important to us long after their method of delivery turns naff. VCRs have been flung into local council skips for years. Last week, the very final unit was manufactured. For those of us whose childhoods bled between the late 70s and the 1980s, the video … Read More

Orange is the New Black – Season 4 – Contains Spoilers

This post contains spoilers for season four of Orange is the New Black. Continue at your peril. When Orange is the New Black first became a Netflix series in 2013, it was Piper’s story to tell. The show was originally taken from the book of the same name, written by and about Piper Kerman’s real-life experiences in prison. It made sense that where Kerman blurred into Chapman for the sake of poetic licence, she remained the central point of the … Read More

Fantasy Styling Claire Underwood – House of Cards

I finished watching season three of House of Cards yesterday and, yes, it left my mouth open. There’s no doubt that Francis Underwood is one of Kevin Spacey’s ‘legacy roles’, but the real star of season three was Robin Wright as his long-time sidekick Claire. This year Claire came into clear focus and Robin Wright was truly stunning in her performance. As I remarked recently on Twitter, she’s made of magic. If TV award season only gives House of Cards … Read More

Three Great Documentaries to Watch Now

One of my favourite things about Netflix and other On Demand services is the sheer number of documentaries they store. Not that they aren’t readily available on TV or on DVD, but they’re somehow harder to keep up with, even if you record and keep them. Half the time they languish on the Sky Box hard drive and suffer a cull when the memory fills up too quickly. This happens far too often. Here are three great documentaries available on … Read More