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The Problem With Apu: when representation becomes problematic

In a time when Aziz Ansari, Riz Ahmed and Mindy Kaling are making huge strides for South Asian representation, we still have Apu. “The Problem With Apu”, American comedian Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary that details his decades-old frustration with “The…

“Hello, Gorgeous” is a fitting celebration of Barbra Streisand

“Barbra: The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic”, now streaming on Netflix, is a glamorous celebration of Barbra Streisand’s stunning musical career to date. As a member of the exclusive “EGOT” club (winners of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) and…

Has TV outdone Cinema?

Television today looks very different to what it looked like twenty years ago, and it’s not just because our screens are now flatter. Before “The Sopranos” changed the game, dramatic television was much simpler; individual episodes were often self-contained stories…

“Justice League” is a terrible movie. And there’ll be many more just like it.

If at first you don’t succeed, Try, try, try again Perhaps this well-known proverb is Warner Brothers Studios’ mission statement. The latest instalment in the “Justice League” series has been met with the same abysmal critical reception both “Suicide Squad”…

Harry Potter at the British Library: A History of Magic

The British Library puts on an enchanting exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, which explores the diverse inspirations for JK Rowling’s Hogwarts. Designed very much like an open day for…

Roar with laughter at “The Death of Stalin”

“The Death of Stalin” is a triumphant and refreshing success for political satire. Armando Iannucci has pulled it off again. “The Thick of It” and “Veep” creator returns to the big screen with “The Death of Stalin”, a largely historically…

Is Political Fantasy the Sick Man of Television?

Despite a stellar reception from audiences and critics alike, the sixth season of HBO’s hit show “Veep” pulled in just 60% of the viewership it had enjoyed for the preceding five seasons. This is an issue for two reasons. Firstly,…

A disappointing season of “Games of Thrones”

2017: the year “Game of Thrones” ran out of dragon fire. Despite over one billion illegal streams the latest season of HBO’s Game of Thrones proved disappointing and underwhelming for even this self-proclaimed super-fan. Inevitably the story would contract as…

“Big Little Lies”: troubling themes done well

Centred around the well-trodden topics of motherhood and relationships, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” proves a fascinating and addictive mini-series that all should make time to see. Its success can partly be attributed to its avoidance of archetypal characters too often…