It’s 1979, nearing the turn of the decade. The ‘80s promise the Los Angeles Lakers a run for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship and the growing rivalry of Magic Johnson between Larry Bird. Big collars, moustaches, comb-overs and chest hair permeate the screen. But so too does sexism. Winning Time is yet another hyper-masculine sports dramedy.
‘Heartstopper’ has truly become a breakthrough in the sphere of queer media, a comfort show for many, the equivalent of a warm hug, and a brilliant outlook into the annals of queer culture—Donna Ferdinando reviews Netflix’s latest series.
The show tells us it’s a silly campy romance for us to enjoy as an act of escapism whilst simultaneously begging us to take it seriously. Bridgerton’s second season is a play on the period piece tropes adored by Austen fans and focuses on the second Bridgerton sibling, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), as he searches for a wife.
Netflix’s latest offering is a rousing tale of Anna Delvey, a real-life fake heiress who conned her way through New York’s elite. But is ‘Inventing Anna’ a respectable piece of true crime media, or does it glamorise the actions of a criminal instead?
Pam & Tommy, the Hulu TV show released last month, centres around the sex tape release of the infamous ’90s tabloid couple, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. The trauma is wrapped in entertainment. It exists to be laughed at, to be cried at, to move. And then to be rated by critics on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes. TV show about your sexual exploitation: 4 stars.
Following the second season of HBO’s ‘Euphoria’, Cal’s and Nate’s backstories blur the lines of where being the victim ends and where being the villain begins, suggesting that villains are simultaneously the victims. But what effect does this have on the people they’ve hurt? Zac Eaton discusses.
Is this ultimately a service provided by the entertainment industry to quench our nostalgia or simply an indication that they are at a loss for new ideas and need content that will continue to sell as big as these classics?
I’m 100% sure that Homer Simpson wouldn’t even be aware of the pandemic happening. If he did (by some miracle) find out and understood what it meant, he would most likely try and eat a bat to reverse the virus, in a Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror turn of events. Us mere mortals just can’t argue with Homer’s logic.
What good would all my recent binge-watching be if I couldn’t share it with all of you? I’ve cobbled together my viewing diary, an eclectic mix of programs that pinpoint the many vicissitudes of housebound life. Hopefully it inspires you with ways to get through another five weeks of lockdown!
It’s easy to feel lonely in times like these. But have no fear!
Whether you’re missing family and friends, juggling anxiety over uni grades and an impending global recession (it’s weird how the mind of a student can easily equate these two things), or just having a bad day, I’ve got you covered.
It’s hard to become obsessed with watching a series with so many options right at our fingertips. But driven by well-thought out plot lines, stunning cinematography and breathtaking costume design, Anne with an E, an adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables, shines through as a series too good to be missed. It’s a three-season epic to be binge watched to your heart’s content.
It’s time for me to dust off my novelty Central Perk coffee mug, serenade my neighbour’s stinky feline, and dance wildly in the fountain behind the Royal Exhibition Building, because the cast of Friends is reuniting.
In honour of the forthcoming reunion special, I’ve compiled a list of the best television theme songs of all time. Because we all know Friends would be nothing without those four – NOT five – iconic claps…
Only after you’ve endured The Good Place’s dreary and shambolic final seasons, does it become clear that the earlier seasons were truly magnificent. Likewise, it’s only after the finale, as you find yourself surrounded by tear-stained tissues, that you connect emotionally with the series and its overarching message.