Black Mirror – Series 3 | Upload us all to the cloud

During the week leading up to Halloween we can expect a collection of film and TV outlets to clamour for our attention. It’s officially the most deliberately horrifying month of the year, yet the most frightening thing you can watch this week is undoubtedly the third series of Black Mirror. As if Charlie Brooker’s enviable way of packaging up how we live and communicate through a worst-case-scenario lens wasn’t already brilliant, on Netflix everything’s that little bit bigger, bolder, sharper. There … 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

Preacher – Rogen & Goldberg hit the bullseye

Vertigo’s Preacher comic book series, first published over a six year period from 1995, has two shining lights: it’s effortlessly cool to the point of privately painting yourself into the panels, and it’s unceasingly compelling. As a more recent reader, the discipline needed in putting one book down and not diving head-first into the next in the interest of making it last wasn’t always summoned. The agony of reading Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s clever melding of words and artwork … Read More

Beyoncé’s Lemonade – equal parts empowerment and vulnerability

When Beyoncé unexpectedly released her self-titled album in December of 2013, it exploded into a fireball of new-found and unapologetic ownership of her sexuality. Without any indication that it was coming nor any pre-emptive promotion, there it was: the rebirth of an ailing link between cinematography and music in the form of the Visual Album, told with the tale of sexual awakening destined to empower other women into instigating their own and spawning seemingly eternal pop culture catchphrases. This past … Read More

Fantasy Styling Agent Carter Season Two

I have for some time been enamoured with the idea of fantasy styling Peggy Carter of Marvel’s Agent Carter. Not only is it one of the few shows where women are allowed to shine as characters and not just as accessories, it’s also dripping with gorgeous 1940s style. That in itself makes trying to recreate Peggy’s style with items largely chosen from the British high street an enormous challenge. Forties shapes and cuts simply aren’t very fashionable at the moment, … Read More

Reasons to Be Cheerful – Agent Carter | Hellcat | American Housewife

Let’s get real, 2016 hasn’t gotten off to the flying start we’d all hoped for. If you’ve had a spectacular couple of weeks, more power to ya, but we’ve taken a few collective bashes over the past few days. Several of my favourite people have had gloomy starts to the year and I’m sure you’ll all agree with me when I make liberal use of the caps lock key and say, “FUCK CANCER!” Still, there are some reasons to keep … Read More

Jessica Jones – Marvel TV with a Massive Dose of Class – No Spoilers

Comic book adaptations brought to live action film and TV are more often than not hyper-real dreamlike fantasies with varying levels of cartoony paint spattered around. There’s room for everything from primary coloured silliness to surly monochrome and any tones you can imagine in between. Think of Gotham, unabashed in the fact that they have no interest in telling stories that need to work in the real world. Now that they’re committed to doing so, their second series has less … Read More

Nick Frost’s Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies

Pragmatic may not be the sexiest way to describe Nick Frost’s memoir, Truths, Half Truths & Little White Lies, but it is the most apt. The old cliché that comedians hide a world of sadness with laughter would be easy to apply. But rather than feeling that his work with perpetual partner-in-crime Simon Pegg is a mask for the pain, it becomes clear that the comedy is the result of all the extraordinarily difficult things that have happened to Nick … Read More

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