The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Lazy Stereotyping Undermines Original Storytelling

Fresh from the festival circuit, the Coen Brothers latest instalment has landed. It’s being lauded as a masterpiece, the brothers’ greatest work (clearly untrue, Fargo is their only film that can righteously claim that title) and is sure to snap up a few wins come awards season, even though it was released via Netflix (enemy of cinema-goers […]

Chloe Zhao’s The Rider: Authenticity & Identity

Chloe Zhao’s The Rider was released in UK cinemas last week, and I was lucky enough to see a preview of the film, hosted by Birds Eye View. A panel including a brain injury survivor and an equestrian therapy facilitator talked at length, post screening, about the complexities of protagonist Brady’s condition, his role in […]

Annihilation: A New Era for Science Fiction?

Alex Garland’s latest feature film, post Ex-Machina, dropped on Netflix last week to varied reviews. Some are calling it incomprehensible, some are calling it a standout sci-fi of our time. It’s been heavily implied by others that Annihilation is the first true Anthropocene sci-fi film. I would argue that there are only really two sci-fi […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A Few Key Questions

I have a few questions after seeing Martin McDonagh’s latest feature, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I guess the first one is on me because, for some reason, I thought this was a true story right up until I actually saw it. I have no idea why, but if anyone else thought it was based […]

“I Never Want to See Josh Again” – Crazy Ex Girlfriend’s Exploration of Mental Illness & What It Really Means to Be ‘Crazy’

*Trigger warning for suicide* *also spoilers obviously*   In last week’s episode of Crazy Ex Girlfriend, our beloved yet highly distressed heroine Rebecca takes a turn for the worse. Yes, in the past she has manipulated, lied, destroyed her friends lives, broken into her own house, installed tracking devices in Valencia, and last but not […]

Motherhood & Monsters in Under The Shadow

Time to get spooky! My halloween treat this year was to watch Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016) and I was NOT disappointed. Terrified yes, but not disappointed. Read my analysis of Under the Shadow’s interrogation of motherhood and monsters over at Bitch Flicks, for their Women in Horror Theme Week!      

Bisexual & Proud: Discovering myself through Sugar Rush

To celebrate Bisexuality Day 2017, I am going to talk the moment where I first realised I might like gals and guys (as a teenager in a small town, i had no idea there were any genders other than guys and gals), and the TV show that had the biggest influence on my sexuality to […]

Essential Reading for ‘Millennial Feminists’ – Part 2

Welcome to part two of my recommended books for ‘millennial feminists’. This time, it’s fiction. For part one, which is non-fiction, please click here! There are many, many books that naturally belong on this list. Well known and well loved novels which instantly capture ideas about feminism and the reality of being a woman. Books […]

Time of the Month: BART CURLISH & FARAH BLACK (DIRK GENTLY)

Since watching Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, I have decided I need a change of career. I want to be a holistic assassin, like Bart Curlish – one of the greatest characters in the Dirk Gently series. With that said, all of the characters in Dirk Gently are pretty bloody incredible. In fact, they are all so […]