Devolution

Devolution

Devolution By Max Brooks ISBN-10: 1984820192 Max Brooks, son of Mel, deals in dystopia. With World War Z he managed to take the hoariest of the horrors; the practically antediluvian zombie apocalypse and resurrected it into an urgent new form. For his new tour around the end of the world,...

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Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Antkind by Charlie Kaufman

Whether you find Charlie Kaufman’s films enchanting or exhausting really depends on your tolerance for meta. From mysterious portals into the mind of John Malkovich, achingly sincere puppet sex or an ‘adaptation’ of The Orchid Thief where Kaufman writes himself into the script as the main character; the man’s oeuvre...

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The Great

The Great

Straight out of the gate, The Great is upfront about its blatantly ahistorical content. ‘An occasionally true story’ reads the disclaimer and if anything, that grossly undersells it. In much the manner of buses and threes, there’s been a sudden glut of prestige TV dramas about Russia’s Catherine The Great;...

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Streaming’s Hidden Gems

Streaming’s Hidden Gems

As lockdown shows little signs of abating, you might be feeling that if you have to watch another episode of Friends you’ll have to trade your living room sofa for a padded cell. Luckily there’s still plenty of hidden gems to be found across streaming services that will keep you...

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At the movies with BFI Player

At the movies with BFI Player

Since social distancing effectively made the nation’s televisions essential workers in our households, the question of what to watch in our free time has never felt so crucial. Unsurprisingly this has seen demand for BFI Player skyrocket. For the uninitiated (or those thinking our proofing department should really know how...

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Captive Audience: The hidden gems of streaming

Captive Audience: The hidden gems of streaming

Over the course of the 20th century televisions began to replace log fires as the warm centre the household gathers around. Now that coronavirus has made captive audiences of us all, what better time to dig into some of the hidden gems that you’ve never found the time to watch....

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The Audio Files

The Audio Files

Whilst shareholders in streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime would probably be happy if the quarantine stretched on into 2025; if you’re getting headaches from all the constant screen time, then perhaps it’s time to give your eyes a rest and enjoy some of the best audiobooks, podcasts, live...

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Captive Audience: Streaming’s Hidden Gems

Captive Audience: Streaming’s Hidden Gems

Over the course of the 20th century televisions began to replace log fires as the warm centre the household gathers around. Now that coronavirus has made captive audiences of us all, what better time to dig into some of the hidden gems that you’ve never found the time to watch...

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What do the Tudors mean to us?

What do the Tudors mean to us?

You can learn a lot about a national culture from the bits of its history it chooses to celebrate. Whilst modern Britain’s most culturally vibrant and frequently invoked historical narrative is almost certainly the red white and blue heroics of the Second World War; slithering behind like the serpent in...

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A User’s Guide To Make Believe

A User’s Guide To Make Believe

Amongst the dead popstars and climate catastrophes, one of the central sea changes that rocked the previous decade was our zig-zagging attitude towards technology. At the beginning of the 00’s tech was something of a brave new world, the encroachment and subsequent domination of society by tech juggernauts like Google...

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