Entourage, Insiders and the Death of Cool

In my younger and more vulnerable days – when I still thought fedoras were cool and would unironically quote Gatsby – I was a big fan of Entourage. For someone who aspired to work in the film industry, but who was a bit too fat and ugly, Entourage offered something concrete to aspire towards. So […]

Jason Reitman and the Cactus-Gram of Abandonment

Oh, and she inexplicably mails me a cactus every Valentine’s Day. And I’m like, “Thanks a heap coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings even worse than your abandonment.” It’s easy to forget about Juno McGuff’s mother, because, frankly, who needs her? When you’ve got JK Simmons for a dad and Alison Janney for a stepmom, you […]

A Brief History of McDonald’s in Cinema

Cultural icon and delicious fast-food joint, the golden arches of McDonald’s tower proudly over the gateway to modern Americana. Since the restaurant chain was founded in 1940 in San Bernadino, it has grown consistently and ruthlessly, to the point where McDonald’s has become a synonym both for fast food and for corporate globalisation. Since its […]

The Inside Story: Diegetic music in teen movie franchises

Diegetic sound: Sound whose source is visible on the screen or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film, such as voices of characters, sounds made by objects in the story, and music represented as coming from instruments in the story space… Diegetic music in movies is not a recent […]

A Brief History of the Male Headband in Cinema

The male headband is a thing of great cinematic majesty, but also of massively unfilled potential. It’s a piece of costuming so dynamic and multi-faceted, that only the most skilled designers dare deploy it. By charting the history of the headband in cinema, I hope that more people will gain the confidence to put them […]

Geek, Memory: Noddy

Do you want to write the next Geek, Memory on your childhood obsession? If so, send us an email here. I was a serious child. I did lots of normal child things, but I wanted to do them in a serious way. I would play with teddy bears, for example, but I used to stage […]

The Enigma of James Corden

When I went to see The History Boys during its first run back in 2004, I was aware that the ‘fat guy’ was the funny one. It was the same in the movie – the character of Timms was defined by A) his weight, and B) delivering the most overt chuckles in a play which […]

Harry Potter and the Anatomy of Loss

In his 2000 novel When We Were Orphans, Kazuo Ishiguro writes of the burden that comes with the search for the meaning of your ancestral dispossession, saying ‘our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents.’ In the Harry Potter novels, ‘the shadows of vanished parents’ […]