Film

Oats Studio – Volume One

Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studios see’s the iconic sci-fi director creating a series of short films with the aim of introducing audiences to a feature film before it is fully funded. It’s an ingenious use of the ideas of viral media, and with Volume One drawing to a close with the release of Zygote, Mike Hibbert has […]

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Film

Oats Studio – Firebase

Social allegory and class divides are the central theme of all Neil Blomkamp’s Oats Studio’s output so far and Firebase is no different. In the second instalment of Oats Studios: Volume One, the Vietnam War provides the backdrop for a sci-fi exploration of the relationship between soldiers, ‘the enemy’ and those in command. Firebase ticks […]

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Music

Sunn O))) @ O2 Ritz, Manchester

Images courtesy of Louis Loizou Ever breath a frequency? Ever felt the air pressure shift around you, sound becoming a tactile experience, jaw shaking in your head? Complimentary ear plugs and warning of “it might get loud” might have hinted as to the manner of the night’s events, but no amount of warning can prepare […]

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TV

Game of Thrones: Dragonstone

Game of Thrones premiered it’s seventh season and it was, pretty much exactly what we expect from GoT premiers at this point. Everything is still too up in the air to figure out exactly where we’re going this season, so this is more of a reintroduction to the characters and the first threads of where […]

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Film

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Since 2002 five Spider-Man films have made their way to the big screen, starting with Sam Raimi’s trilogy, starring Toby Maguire. Unfortunately, the third film in the series wasn’t well respected, despite being the most successful at the box office. The Amazing Spider-Man films (starring Andrew Garfield) promised to be true to the character of […]

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Film

Churchill

Much has been written, filmed and even sung about both the “The War To End All Wars” and the equally horrific Second World War that ensued. From tragic Saving Private Ryan to sombre Schindler’s List and the moving Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, just to name a few portrayals of the World Wars that the film industry has […]

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Music

The Story of O.J.: Confronting American Animation’s Racist Past

While most publications seem to be debating whether or not Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s music video for his new track The Story of O.J. has already become one of the boldest music videos of the year. Released on YouTube this afternoon, the black and white animation examines offensive racial stereotypes and explores the Jim Crow […]

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