On the pop culture podcast this week: series 3 of Black Mirror, new E4 horror-comedy Crazyhead, and the 2011 romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love.
Mark Lawson’s weekly Critic’s Notes.
Ryan Gilbey is chilled by new releases The Badabook, Annabelle and It Follows.
In 2014, it shouldn’t be cutting edge to see a Hollywood movie that features a fair representation of gay people.
Meanwhile, the suspension of disbelief is getting harder and harder to pull off.
The cinema of amusing male arrested development has been a familiar subgenre for some time, but recent releases demonstrate that there’s gold to be found in femme floundering.
Central character Laila is hounded by reminders that she’s different, but refreshingly, never accepts this herself.
The vilification of Islam has reached such heights that when the Muslim Sultan Mehmet II is cast opposite history’s bloodiest psycho-tyrant, it’s Dracula who emerges as the tragic hero.
It’s time we recognised that Quentin Tarantino’s much-lauded movie is about nothing, says nothing and makes you feel nothing.
For every stab at dirty realism in Fury, there is a sanitising touch to make everything clean again.
From De Niro’s snarl to DiCaprio’s sinewy wildness, no director has explored masculinity as acutely as Scorsese, writes Tom Shone
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