You’d have to live under a cavernous metaphorical rock to miss the fact that HBO’s Succession returns tomorrow night after exactly two years off air. Either a rock, or inside a cultural vacuum I do not understand. Succession hype is everywhere, and dominating everything. Most importantly, I can feel it…

Absolutely no series of films, certainly none that are 25 films and almost 60 years deep, feels as plug and play as James Bond. The girl, the car, the generically European villain, the beer, the watch, the song: the 007 Industrial Complex is a pillar of Brit masculinity, classicalism and…

In the final episode of Apple TV’s Mr. Corman, a ten-part series created by and starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, a character proposes that perhaps the reason the past few years have felt so much more globally distressing than the era that came before is that white men are now facing…

It’s Autumn! And despite a Covid backlog yet to fully be unleashed — of films, albums and other stuff that got delayed because of production or distribution concerns — we’re getting a reasonably good haul of cultural content between now and the end of the year. …

In a blockbuster ecosystem where studio mandate has final cut and control freak super-producers can seize the editing suite from a filmmaker on a moment’s notice, one last soggy way for company men directors of tentpole blockbusters to assert control while on the marketing stump for their work has emerged…

Films can be great on different terms. Whenever someone puts together a list of ‘the best films’ in a given period, it’ll typically — and correctly — be heavy on brilliant dramas and moving indies, with the odd blockbuster thrown in. And yet as blockbusters get worse and worse, with…

First things first: I am not a music critic, not even an amateur one. I have no idea how to analyse music well, I have minimal understanding of how it is written and produced. I like what I like because it sounds a certain way. And I have very specific…

Paying to see David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in the sticky summer of 2016 felt on some level like a deliberate act of self-sabotage: there’s no way this movie didn’t suck, right? But it was out of respect for the marketing team, the trailer wizards at Aspect, the poster designers in-house…

Last week saw the release on Netflix of the long-awaited second season of Tim Robinson’s masterful sketch comedy series I Think You Should Leave, a surreal and peerless depiction of uncomfortable situations, terrible people and the moment the air just completely leaves a room. To celebrate, I’ve decided to list…

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