What Could’ve Been: Hostel

If you’ve ever seen, or even heard of Eli Roth’s pretty notorious film series, Hostel, you know that they’re pretty simplistic films. A lot of critics and movie-goers alike believe these films to have pretty much single-handedly created the badge of shame on films that have followed their footsteps, in the term, ‘torture porn’. And while I don’t think that they really deserve such harsh finger pointing, it’s hard to find anything of real substance in such shallow films.

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How to do a Spin-off Right: Better Call Saul

Briefly returning to what I was saying about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,you can hardly attack what is a great attempt at a spin-off because any spin-off media is a difficult task. It requires a delicate chemistry of known elements, and other, more dangerous yet daring elements that can elevate something that’s well loved; believed to have soared as high as it could, only to rise higher. And it’s a darn rare thing that one might come along and actually fulfill that kind of prophecy. A spin-off either works, or it doesn’t – the recipe for making one doesn’t really allow for any middle ground. That’s why, it’s always good to get talking about those brave few, that have expanded a universe, and have created something truly quite wonderful. Continue reading “How to do a Spin-off Right: Better Call Saul”

Fortnightly Four: hanecdote, bymariandrew, gemmacorrell, adampaints

Wonderful! ❤

Trogstad Art

‘Fortnightly Four’ is a little a project I’m working on, based on my addiction to art/illustration-based Instagrams and the sheer excitement about what can be discovered on my favourite social media platform. 

Hanecdote

I’ve been intrigued by Hanecdote, a.k.a. Hannah Hill, for possibly months now. A 22-year-old Londoner, her work is captivating, as it begins with simple drawings and transforms them into intricate embroidery. However, what I enjoy most about her work is how she takes a very traditional art form and makes it something thoroughly ‘now’. I know nothing about grime music, especially when it comes to London’s grime scene, but this doesn’t detract from my wonder towards her delicately threaded CDs. It’s not just CDs either: it’s a conglomerate of trackies, weed, Rubicon, money, bras, iPhones and statements. My favourite work of hers is in fact a detail of the piece pictured above: a fried chicken box.

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What Went Wrong with Rogue One

There’s no doubt in my mind that Rogue One: A Star Wars story will continue to dominate conversation topics across the world for some time now, and I say, let it be so. I know from the title of this article that it sounds like I’m about to start giving a Star Wars film shit that isn’t The Phantom Menace, but don’t worry, I’m not completely insane – I actually quite liked Rogue One. Overall, it was a decent film, I mean, it wasn’t The Force Awakens by any stretch, but it certainly wasn’t on the level of ‘I’ll try spinning, that’s a good trick’ or ‘I hate sand’ kind of Star Wars we’ve seen – and even those, I can’t say I really hate.

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Great Christmas Films that Aren’t Really Christmas Films

Everyone has a favourite Christmas film – everyone. There is anyone in the civilized world celebrating the holiday, that hasn’t got a choice for the one festive film that really warms their Christmas cockles. We put our feet up, drink something warm and sit in the glow of a beautifully lit tree; it’s something I look forward to every year. Pure and simply, Christmas is great, and so are Christmas films because they show us just how great Christmas is.

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It’s in the Title: American Horror Story

Let’s just get this out of the way, American Horror Story is great. Honestly, the amount of conversations and thoughts about this show could fill not just one book, but several. It’s a complete wonderment, and should be up there with the best made, and most unique things we’ve ever seen come to the small screen. It’s the complete package: phenomenally written; dynamic and memorable characters; great dialogue; well shot; fantastic actors, and to top it all off, it changes its format and setting every season, giving us new characters to love and hate in various places and periods, which means that it never goes stale. Continue reading “It’s in the Title: American Horror Story”

Spoof Porn is Seriously Weird

There is no gentle way to start this post, perhaps because it touches upon such a taboo subject – well taboo for some, normal for others – so I might as well just avoid beating around the bush and say that spoof porn is so weird. Continue reading “Spoof Porn is Seriously Weird”