Strong is the new beautiful

A shift in women’s representation in the Gulf media As a Saudi woman interested in media and gender studies, when I watched the Indian movie Mary Kom back in 2014, I thought it to be the perfect example of empowering…

Crime and ‘You’

Another Netflix controversy Last year, Netflix’s show 13 Reasons Why caused public anxiety about the risk of a suicide contagion among teenagers – particularly in those who are vulnerable to bullying and stereotypes. The show portrays the aftermath of a…

2019 Film and TV Preview

The silver screen ‘The world has enough superheroes’ claimed last year’s Venom, but clearly no one listened. Prepare for the deluge of super-content. Shazam hopes to follow Aquaman in breathing more life into the turbulent DCEU, whilst the Joaquin Phoenix-led…

“Bandersnatch”: When TV Is Willing To Make Mistakes

Bandersnatch, the latest movie in Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror anthology, tells the story of Croydon teen Stefan Butler’s (Fionn Whitehead) journey into video game design. Or madness. Or murder. It’s up to you. This dark sci-fi feature film regularly allows…

Binge-Worthy TV Recommendations

The Christmas holidays are nearly over – but it’s not all bad news. Need a new show to binge before you get back to LSE? Here are some recommendations to avoid the arduous problem of scrolling through Netflix for an…

Black Mirror’s Ideas About Technology Are Flawed

A new year, a new season of Black Mirror. Writer Charlie Brooker’s hit Netflix show (originally completely British-made for Channel 4) is back with six episodes to cause unease, blow your mind, and make you go “aahh, that’s clever” at…

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…

Stranger Things 2 – Top 5 Moments

Rajan Chander, a “Stranger Things” super-fan if ever there was one, looks over the celebrated show’s immense second season. SPOILER ALERT — Stranger Things is back! The breakout show of 2016 returned with 9 episodes exploring the weird town of…