Imagine: A House Party with Celebrity Guests

I am not about to launch into any discourse surrounding the much-talked about La La Land, have no fear. For try as I might to articulate hard-hitting, poignant opinions about this film, my main thought throughout the first hour or so, at least, was simply “imagine getting stuck talking to this guy at a party.” […]

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 […]

A Fan Letter to James Horner

Dear James Horner, There are approximately three things I think about on a daily basis: Harry Potter conspiracies, what shade lipstick to buy next, and the 1997 film Titanic. Whilst the plum vs blue dilemma and the futile ‘Nagini/London Zoo Boa Constrictor debate’ may have little to do with you, my obsession with James Cameron’s […]

The Art of the Iceberg: An Ode to Stanley Tucci in The Devil Wears Prada

I. “That’s all.” Two pithy words; a whole universe of cold indifference. Those words reemerge insistently in the reviews for The Devil Wears Prada, David Frankel’s 2006 adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s bestselling roman à clef. They’re delivered a couple of times in the film, always by Meryl Streep as Anna Wintour stand-in Miranda Priestly, editor […]

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 […]

Transgressive Treats: Food and Shame in Children’s Literature

On Easter Sunday, baker Ruby Tandoh implored her twitter followers, voraciously eyeing her food-filled feed, to “please channel Bruce Bogtrotter today as you triumph over those who use food to shame & subdue you”. Tandoh and Roald Dahl alike recognise food’s power as a currency of control. Tandoh attached to her tweet a frame of a triumphant Bruce from […]

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 […]

Whipped Screen

Films are predictable, even if they’re good. It’s not because people are unimaginative or lazy, it’s just that these forms of narratives have come to shape how we understand a series of events. For example, when imagining a musician’s life onscreen it makes sense to show their rise to fame from humble beginnings, subsequent problems […]