Unpopular Opinion: Bohemian Rhapsody is the Worst Film of 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody is a terrible filmI must start this out with a confession: I am someone who is prone to hyperbole. It will worm its way into my everyday interactions. In fact, one might say that I am liberal with my hyperbolicity— non-literal exaggerations can be found in the way I discuss, describe, act, and recount; in the way I exist.

However, when it comes to hyperbole, there is no place I use it more than in my descriptions of films. “It’s the most fun ever”, I might say about a movie that’s pretty fun, but the most ever? Probably not. However, in 2018 there was one film that was the receiving end of more hyperbole than any other: Bohemian Rhapsody.

This hyperbole was exclusively negative. Some descriptions I threw around included “the worst”, “actual trash”, “fully awful”, and “scum on the bottom of my shoes”. In an informal year in review I even went so far as to express my wish to strike it from history, calling it “cultural cancer masquerading as a film”. I’ll admit that the last one is probably one step too far, cancer is no laughing matter.

Then again, neither is Bohemian Rhapsody.

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High Flying Bird review “So much more than just another sports movie”

High Flying Bird posterNetflix movies have been gradually moving up the movie food chain. From the outrage that surrounded Beast of No Nation‘s Oscar snub, to recent awards darling, Roma, scooping up the majority of the awards and nominations at most shows, it’s easy to see that Netflix isn’t a foe to be ignored. Their latest release, High Flying Bird, directed by Steven Soderbergh of Erin Brockovich fame, and written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), it isn’t hard to expect quite a lot from this movie.

It follows Ray, a sports agent, as he navigates an NBA lockout with his rookie client, Erick. With a star-studded cast and a team that is, arguably, overqualified to orchestrate such a simple plot, Netflix looks as though they’re onto a winner. Continue reading

Unpopular Opinion: Black Panther Isn’t Worth Its Best Picture Nomination

Unpopular film opinionsOn January 22nd, 2019, the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced, and… I am pretty shocked by them. Roma leading the pack with 10 nominations, including two acting nods, Timothee Chalamet left out, and Bradley Cooper snubbed in the Director category in favor of a foreign language film, one of two on the list! However, even after all the buzz and promotion, the one that shocked me the most was the fact that even with just 8 nominees for Best Picture this year, Black Panther was on the list.

Now we have been hearing about how good it is all year, and rightfully so. Black Panther is a well made movie that deserved all the other nominations it received like Sound Editing, Costume Design, and especially for it’s great score. Best Picture however… let me, a white male, tell you why Black Panther should not have been nominated for Best Picture. Continue reading

Use It or Lose It: The Story of HMV

The History of HMVHis Master’s Voice: a British institution since 1921, HMV has been a staple of the UK high street for nearly 100 years. In recent times however, as with many British retail brands, the entertainment retailer has fallen on hard times.

Since going into administration for the first time in 2013, HMV has had a chequered history in a massively declining market. Finally, in 2019, the company entered administration for the second time in just five years. As of now, no buyer has been found and the brand’s heritage remains in jeopardy. But where did it begin and what can we expect to happen in the coming months? Continue reading

Exclusive: Interview with Courtney J. Clark

Courtney James Clark interviewForeword by Adam Brannon: We’re rounding out 2018 with a monster-sized interview. For those who have been living under a rock for the majority of the last twelve months, 2018 signals the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, Jurassic Park.

The influence this film had on cinema post-release is something truly special. It revolutionised special effects on the big screen and brought realistic CGI and animatronic dinosaurs into Hollywood for the very first time.

To celebrate, and in our final post of 2018, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jurassic World’s Courtney James Clark, who most of you will recognise as the park’s Mosasaur  keeper. I spoke to her about her time working on the film and her career in general. Continue reading