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One of the many joys of science fiction, as a genre, is that it can be pretty much anything a human mind can imagine. This works particularly well in literature, where there are literally (and literarily) no limitations. It is, however, much more difficult to achieve on the screen, where budgets come into play. Where …

The party head for a meal

Luis Buñuel was undoubtedly one of the most distinctive, and successful, European filmmakers of his generation. Spending much of his youth in Paris, the Spaniard was deeply involved with the surrealism movement. He carried this with him throughout his career, going on to make a number of critically acclaimed and iconic films. Working across a …

Bella looking at the camera

Of all the sectors of the job market, the adult film industry isn’t known for its commitment to diversity and gender rights. Indeed, much of what makes it onto popular websites is dubious, to say the least. Porn valley no longer turns out bored housewives and randy plumbers. Consumers want their entertainment hard and nasty, …

stars and director sitting under a boulder

According to some, there are two kinds of actors. There are the ones who dedicate their whole lives to studying the masters, tackling the most difficult works and only appear in worthy plays and productions. Then there are the pretty boys who become heartthrobs and leads, whose personas and image are often considered more important …

Despite time being an artificial construct, in many ways, we base our entire existence around it. Organising our lives to adhere to strict schedules. As we approached the end of the twentieth century, fears mounted about the possibility of a ‘Millennium bug”. Obscure predictions from ancient religious texts preached doom and gloom. As the clock …

Hart sat in the lecture theatre

Mankind has always thirsted for knowledge. There are those of us who are driven to learn. Striving to attend the most prodigious schools and universities. To be taught by the most eminent figures in their respective fields. Exercising the competitive urge to prove that they’re the best. To be seen and respected. As the saying …

Melba taking matters into her own hands

The name Jonathan Demme will be well known to many film fans, largely for his work on Silence of the Lambs and, to a lesser extent, the Oscar-winning Philadelphia. They might be slightly surprised to discover that he’s gone on to make almost twenty feature films. There’s a bigger shock in store when you take …

Following the Second World War, the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949. Under the iron fist of Chairman Mao, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) maintained a tight control over its population which, despite directional change, remains to this day. They have ensured that no ideology has been allowed to challenge their prevailing ideals. …

While Orange is the New Black brought the female prison drama to the mainstream, it’s an area of interest which has proved popular across decades, for good and ill. Indeed, in the 1970s there were a raft of exploitation/sexploitation films centred around incarcerated females. These movies were usually ultra-violent with a ‘fuck you’ attitude; often …

siblings together

We normally remember childhood with a lot of fondness, until puberty hits that is. Until then, it’s all bread and roses. Adventures and exciting new experiences are suddenly replaced by a sense of inadequacy and uncomfortableness in your own skin. As our bodies change, so do our minds. Suddenly we find ourselves having new and …