If all the Oscar nominations are anything to go by, there’s a lot of hype surrounding La La Land at the moment. In particular, people seem to love Emma Stone’s character, Mia – and it doesn’t surprise me. Aside from having a sharp sense of humour and a set of insecurities many artists can relate to (self-doubt is strangely endearing), Mia is extremely comfortable showing interest in Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) in a few creative ways, e.g. requesting his band to play ‘I Ran’ by A Flock of Seagulls at a pool party as a way of mocking the serious musician.
If you don’t get why people keep talking about how great La La Land is, go and see it. If you have seen it, and you still don’t get it, keep reading this and I’ll do my best to explain it to you. Grab a snack, settle down in a chair and let me tell you a little bit about being a daydreamer.
With Sherlock being one of the BBC’s most popular drama TV programs, there is, quite shockingly, a lot of drama in it. From the face-off between Sherlock and the murderous cabbie in the very first episode, ‘A Study In Pink’ to that horrifying moment concluding the series’ latest episode, ‘The Six Thatchers’, we’re no strangers to shitting our pants at the intense events Holmes and Watson find themselves in during their ludicrous adventures.
There are some other moments during Sherlock that are undoubtedly dramatic, but… unusually so. Here’s a brief, spoiler-free look at the times Sherlock and John ended up in some unexpectedly action-packed circumstances in the first three series of this quirky crime drama.
How far would you go to save the lives of your family? The latest addition to the Star Wars universe, Rogue One, answers this question with an extreme response through the actions of Galen Erso: Force your family into hiding, place a fatal flaw in the plans to the Death Star and risk your life for the daughter you haven’t seen in 15 years. Is this one step too far, or a reasonable amount of steps in the right direction?
So Doctor Strange is a trippy film to say the least, boasting exploration of different dimensions and a general questioning of reality. It’s an intriguing new approach to an MCU film and raises existential questions regarding careers, relationships and death. It goes beyond the usual “who am I? Why am I here?” and into the realm of “what can I do with myself now? Who can I trust in this world?” when Stephen Strange, a man who’s so good at his job he can get away with being an arrogant asshole about it, can no longer pursue his occupation as a neurosurgeon when his hands are severely damaged in a car accident. From this point onward, we see him having to completely change his perception of reality in order to continue his life in the direction he wants it to go in – and in the process ends up pursuing his newfound skill in the mystic arts instead. As you do.
Beyond Newt Scamander and Percival Graves, a slightly more humble witch steals the show in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Still being a prominent member of the main cast means that she doesn’t go unnoticed, but amongst the rest of the action, Queenie Goldstein’s excellence as a character can get overlooked.
On the surface, Queenie (Alison Sudol) is an angelic woman, warm and welcoming, with a particular talent for reading minds. When we get to look past that, though, there’s far more intrigue to her character. With a bucketload of emotional intuitiveness enhanced by both her brilliant legilimency and sorrowful past, there’s no doubt that these aspects of Queenie will become even more of a crucial addition to the Harry Potter universe in future sequels.
There’s a lot of sex in Black Mirror, which probably shouldn’t be that surprising considering that as a society, we seem to be obsessed with the act of mushing things together. But, it’s also because technology and sex are very closely linked. Thanks to modern creations like the internet, we can now watch two (or more) people we don’t know get it on in the comfort of our own homes. It’s actually really weird when you think about it, which is probably why we don’t really tend to think about it.
In true Black Mirror style, we’re being forced to consider something we’d prefer to ignore. All throughout this series, there’s some sort of reference to porn, whether it be the blatantly obvious one in “Fifteen Million Merits” or the mentally scarring one in “Shut Up and Dance.” Without seeming condescending or overly preachy, it highlights the problems with porn, giving us something to reflect upon next time we open up the spank bank — which we probably won’t do, but should at least try.
It’s no secret that Black Mirror is all about highlighting the sombre, more disturbing aspects of our society. This satirical series, written by everyone’s favourite cynic Charlie Brooker, touches upon themes that we might prefer to ignore; but Black Mirror makes them impossible to ignore, waving them in our faces and leading us to having an existential crisis by the end of each episode. The whole beauty of the show is how similar the scenarios that play out are to real life, making us as an audience fearful of the future of the technological age we live in.