Okja – a guilt-free fairy-tale call for veganism

Spoilers… Netflix’s new original film Okja opens with a fantastic scene which sets up the image that the Mirando Corporation, the film’s evil-doer, is trying to sell to the public. Tilda Swinton perfectly embodies this ad-like PR dream, with her energetic, confident and heroic demeanour. Like a prophetic Steve Jobs, Lucy Mirando (Swinton’s character) unfolds…

Netflix: The Industry’s Villain?

What happened at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival? If you paid even the slightest attention to this year’s edition of the renowned festival, you may have heard of the controversy that surrounded the screening of Okja, the latest feature film by Bong Joon Ho (Memories of Murder, Snowpiercer). If you have not, here is…

Riverdale: When Archie Comics meets Twin Peaks

There has been an emerging trend of rebooting or adapting old series or franchises into newer content for television lately – Prison Break, 24, Will and Grace, Lethal Weapon. However, networks are not limited to looking at TV and cinema screens for inspiration. The CW saw the 78-year-old popular comic franchise Archie Comics and used its…

Fresh Prince Gets Real

A prime example of a classic 90’s American sitcom, centred around the comedic and charming bravado and banter-full antics of one infamous Will Smith, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air brought much more than just laughs and top class entertainment to viewers across the US (and later the wider world). There were many times Fresh…

The Unfunny Comedy

I don’t think it’s a controversial statement to say that most people like to laugh; you feel happier, you’re having fun, and if I really have to explain the concept of laughter to you, then you may want to do something different than read this article. When you talk about film, and television to a…

Paying for Gold

As another award season closes, I needed to write a token article about it in some form; this isn’t an “Oh, they bottled Best Picture” article or something similar, but it is an attempt to address the disillusionment we have with the whole idea of awards, and re-define what an award winner is. I am…

RWBY Volume 4. Review

This anime-inspired web series created by Monty Oum and produced by ‘Rooster Teeth’ has gained a large following since its debut in 2013, thanks to its great voice cast, stylish 3-D animation and endless supply of action. At first glance the series could be dismissed by fans of the genre (myself included, initially) as too…

Television – the Endangered Species

It has been well documented that the authority once wielded by television channels has been declining for a number of years, following the rise of streaming services such as Netflix. While that has been a tagline for a while now, I think it’s been very difficult for us as viewers to point out the exact…