Celebrating Saturday Night Live's heyday with a look back at the enduring legacy of The Lonely Island's Digital Shorts.
Good news for fans of Michael Haneke’s acerbic wit – the Austrian director is turning his hand to a television series for the first time. His follow-up project to 2017’s Happy End will be a 10-part English-language television series, taking place in a dystopian vision of the future.
Good news for Bill Murray fans in the Glasgow area between February 21 and March 4 – as part of the 14th Glasgow International Film Festival, Groundhog Day will be screening every day in a bar transformed into (what else?) a Punxsutawney-style bed & breakfast.
When the future denizens of Planet Earth leaf through the annals of history and arrive at the year 2000, which artifact of UK culture will be hailed the most significant? The first series of Big Brother? Kevin & Perry Go Large? S Club 7’s ‘Reach’? It’s hard to pick a favourite, but the new millennium also brought us a plucky animated film from a small British studio then best known for their zany plasticine shorts featuring a man with a penchant for cheese and his long-suffering dog.
When Lee Unkrich joined Pixar as a young editor in 1994, the studio was just starting out. Less than a year later, a little movie called Toy Story catapulted the studio to global fame. Still pushing the boundaries of animated storytelling 24 years later, their latest feature, Coco, sees life after death take centre stage.
It’s now easier than ever to access the films you want to watch when you want to watch them. But while the VOD revolution has fundamentally changed the way we consume cinema, few could have predicted that the likes of Noah Baumbach, Bong Joon-ho and Martin Scorsese would one day be making work exclusively for online streaming platforms.
Funny old thing, money. The idea of that a surplus of wealth can be as detrimental to a person’s wellbeing as a deficit has long fascinated novelists, playwrights and filmmakers alike, who all seem to draw the same conclusion: you can’t put a price on happiness. Of course, to be poor is to know that having money certainly makes misery easier to stand.
Last year prestige television shows such as Big Little Lies, Mindhunter and The Handmaid’s Tale kept us all glued to the small screen – 2018 is shaping up to deliver more of the same. To save you a little time, we’ve put together a list of the most exciting projects hitting screens this year.
From film directors making their small screen debuts to utterly bizarre animated comedies, it’s been a rollercoaster year for television. In an attempt to make order out of chaos, we’ve put together this run-down of the best new shows released during 2017 (and for this reason Twin Peaks didn’t make the cut). Looking for something to binge-watch over the festive season? This list is for you. Have we missed your favourite? Let us know what had you glued to the screen.
The final film in Kay Cannon’s trilogy about a group of singing friends is more awk-apella than a cappella.
There’s a moment in Pitch Perfect 3 when our plucky rag-tag band of heroines square off against their stock second sequel rivals, and decide to have a ‘Riff Off’ (for the uninitiated, that’s the a cappella version of a rap battle). It’s a set piece that viewers have come to expect from the franchise, but now in its third iteration, things have gotten a bit stale.
Case in point: the Bard...
Every time a blockbuster reboot is announced, some bright spark inevitably pipes up with an adage long-since proven to be true: ‘Hollywood is officially out of ideas!’ So far no one has been able to pinpoint the exact moment when Hollywood did, in fact, scrape the very bottom of the barrel, but it probably occurred sometime in the mid-2000s (perhaps when they decided to remake Planet of the Apes).
Cinema has a long-standing fascination with prison. From The Shawshank Redemption to Brawl in Cell Block 99, filmmakers and audiences alike have a morbid curiosity about what goes on behind the bars. In this saturated genre, it’s surprisingly difficult to find a film about incarceration which successfully treads the fine line between realism and sensationalism.
Almost two years since Sully hit screens, Clint Eastwood is back in the director’s chair with another tale of American heroism. The 15:17 to Paris is an account of the 2015 Thalys Train attack, in which three Americans foiled a terrorist plot whilst enjoying a sightseeing holiday in Europe.
Another year, another fine raft of movie posters. But much like Highlander, there can be only one that rules supreme. From The Beguiled to Good Time, here are 20 we’d be proud to hang on our bedroom walls. Think we’ve missed one? Let us known by tweeting your favourite.
Everything comes down to hope. In these troubled times we live in, it’s all too easy to rest on pessimism. It’s easy to arch eyebrows and roll eyes, to close yourself off from the litany of cultural, social and political maladies in the name of self-preservation. Hope is difficult. Hope is painful.